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Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’

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Added on 27/04/2013

Saturday 27 April 2013 

Launch of Book on Bishop Jebb
Next Tuesday at lunchtime, in St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast, the Archbishop of Dublin will launch a new book about John Jebb, Bishop of Limerick.  Entitled Bishop John Jebb and the Nineteenth–Century Anglican Renaissance the book has been written by Alan Acheson and published by Clements Academic Publishing, Toronto.

It is a critical and timely study of John Jebb which highlights the scholarly influence, sensitive spirituality, and personal charisma of a long–neglected, pivotal leader of the Anglican Renaissance. It shows, too, his relevance to contemporary Anglican ecclesiology and integrity through his perception of the need to hold Catholic and Reformed traditions in a creative and prophetic tension. As such it will be of interest to all those who desire to see the restoration and revival of Anglicanism today.

Bishop John Jebb (1775–1833), Fellow of the Royal Society, preacher, author, orator, and prolific correspondent was a leader in the pre–Tractarian Anglican Church. His works on liturgy, scripture, and biography were published in both London and America and influenced the fledgling Episcopal Church of the USA. As a bishop of the United Church of England and Ireland, Jebb was close to William Howley, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1828. His correspondents included government ministers, theologians, English and American bishops, and above all his kindred Irish spirit Alexander Knox. Other close friends were William Wilberforce, Robert Southey, and Madame D’Arblay (Fanny Burney). Jebb engaged with both High Churchmen and Evangelicals: he preached at Clapham and Hackney, and in his last years influenced early leaders of the Catholic revival, notably Hugh James Rose and William Palmer (of Worcester College, Oxford).  The author, Dr Alan R. Acheson is a former Headmaster of Portora Royal School and The King’s School, Sydney. He is the author of A History of the Church of Ireland, 1691–2001, and has also taught church history in Trinity College, Dublin. He has served on the General Synod of the Church of Ireland and is a former member of the Anglican Consultative Council.

This morning (Saturday) All Saints’ church and school will hold a Springtime Sale in the church grounds, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

In St Columba’s church, Trim, on Monday evening the University of Oregan Chamber Choir and the Tara Ladies Choir will give a concert, and on Tuesday the Chamber Choir will give a lunchtime recital in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin.

On Tuesday in Castle Archdale the Bishop of Clogher will preside at the launch of a new book by Canon Glenn West. Connections: Celtic Spirituality on the Shores of Lough Erne. The speaker will be the editor of the Church of Ireland Gazette, Canon Ian Ellis.

The lunchtime recital in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, on Wednesday will be given by Susan O’Leary (flute) and Peter Barley (piano). In St. Coman’s church, Roscommon, at 8pm there will be an Ecumenical Service to celebrate the launch of the Roscommon Lamb Festival. The event is ‘Thanksgiving for the flocks of the fields’ and will include a creative variety of music, art, poetry and prose highlighting the biblical link between Christ as Shepherd and ourselves as ‘ the sheep of His hand’. The Service will be led by the Rector, the Revd Liz McElhinney and Monsignor Travers.

Following his election as Bishop of Meath & Kildare, the Ven. Leslie Stevenson will be consecrated at a service in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, which begins on Wednesday at 3.30pm. Bishop Stevenson will succeed the Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke who is now Archbishop of Armagh.

 


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