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Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’

Irish Times Notes

Added on 27/07/2013

Saturday 27 July 2013

International Liturgical Consultation in Dublin
Next Monday the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation will be holding its meeting, which will continue until Wednesday, in Dublin. The ‘Dublin Gathering’, which has been organized by the Revd Alan Rufli, Rector of Clondalkin, will be held in the King’s Hospital School, Palmerstown. The theme of this Consultation will be ‘Rites relating to Healing and Reconciliation’. During their visit to Dublin the delegates will have the opportunity to visit and worship in both Christ Church cathedral and St Patrick’s cathedral. The Consultation was last held in Dublin in 1995.

The International Anglican Liturgical Consultations (IALCs) gather liturgists and liturgical theologians from the Provinces of the Communion for focussed study of particular liturgical issues and for the building up of Communion life through the sharing of resources and insights across the Provinces. The Consultations are the official network for liturgy of the Anglican Communion, recognized by the ACC and the Primates’ Meeting, and holding first responsibility in the Communion to resource and communicate about liturgy on a communion–wide basis. Historically, the Consultations developed as Anglicans met alongside the congress of the international and ecumenical society Societas Liturgica.

Today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday) the choir of St Aidin’s Episcopal Church will sing Evensong in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, while on Wednesday the St Patrick’s cathedral choir will begin a trip to Durham.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the William Lauder Memorial recital in St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, at 4.15pm, will be given by Emma Gibbons, Director of Music in St George’s church, Belfast who will play works by J.S. Bach and the contemporary Dutch composer, Ad Wammes.

The lunchtime recital in St Peter’s church, Portlaoise, on Wednesday will be given by Paul Mullen from Dublin while in Castletownshend on Thursday evening at 8pm Fiona Kelly (piano) and Jean Kelly (harp) will be the performers at the St Barrahane’s Church Music Festival. On Friday Tanya Sewell (mezzo–soprano) and Alison Young (piano) will perform songs and arias by Mozart, Gounod and Elgar, among others, in Sandford parish church at lunchtime.

On Friday evening at 8pm in Kilbixy church there will be a lecture in aid of church funds by Professor James Friend on leprosy and TB.

The bishops of the Church of Ireland have not, for the most part, burdened posterity with a superfluity of archives. As a result there are few significant Irish episcopal archives and a corresponding paucity of Irish episcopal biographies. An exception to his rule is John Jebb, bishop of Limerick, 1823–33, whose correspondence survives in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, and who extensive correspondence with Alexander Knox was published in 1836. These two sources have provided the basis for a study of Jebb by Dr Alan Acheson which has been published by Clements Academic Press in Toronto. Dr Acheson, now resident in Canada, will be familiar to students of the Church of Ireland for his A history of the Church of Ireland, 1691–2001, published by Columba Press, which also produced a memoir by Dr Acheson entitled Why the whistle went.

The merits of Dr Acheson’s study will, in due course be determined by the academic community, but, in the first instance at least he deserves congratulations for bringing this work to fruition – Dr Acheson is not the first to have consulted the Jebb correspondence with a few to publishing a study of the bishop but he is the first to have completed the task.

Bishop John Jebb and the nineteenth–century Anglican renaissance is available from the Good Bookshop, Donegal Street, Belfast (sales@goodbookshop.com).

 


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