Added on 21/09/2013
Saturday 21 September 2013
Jeremy Taylor Celebrations
The 400th anniversary of the birth of Jeremy Taylor, bishop of Down and Connor at the Restoration, will be celebrated this weekend. Taylor is renowned as one of them greatest writers in the English language. Although best remembered for his seminal works of spirituality, Holy Living and Holy Dying, Taylor’s writings ranged over a variety of subjects. His writings attracted the attention of the late Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Henry McAdoo, and his disciple, the Revd Dr Thomas Carroll, who’s Jeremy Taylor. Selected Works, published by the Paulist Press in its Classic of Western Spirituality series, is an excellent introduction to Taylor’s writings.
Today (Saturday) there will be a ‘Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Jeremy Taylor’. This will begin in Belfast with Morning Prayer in St John’s church, Malone, followed by a tour which will include the 17th century Middle church in Ballinderry, Portmore, where Taylor had been chaplain to Lord Conway, and Dromore cathedral, where Taylor is buried. The pilgrimage will conclude with Evening Prayer in Dromore cathedral.
The celebration will conclude tomorrow (Sunday) with Choral Evensong in St George’s church, Belfast, where the preacher will be the former Bishop of Connor, Dr Samuel Poyntz.
Tomorrow morning (Sunday) Canon John Bartlett will celebrate 50 years of ordained ministry by presiding at the Eucharist in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin. Ordained in the Diocese of Southwell in 1963 Canon Bartlett to teach in the Divinity School in TCD in 1966 and remained there until 1989 when he was appointed Principal of the Church of Ireland Theological College. He has been a member of the chapter of Christ Church cathedral since 1986.
This afternoon at 3.30pm the Archbishop of Dublin will ordain five deacons–intern, David Bowles will serve in the parish of Taney, Linda Frost in Howth, Eugene Griffin in Rathfarnham and Ian Horner in Greystones while Trevor Holmes, who is to serve in Julianstown, will also be ordained by the Archbishop of Dublin due to the vacancy in the see of Meath & Kildare.
On Tuesday the National Ploughing Championships begin in Stradbally, Co. Laois, where Bishop of Cashel & Ossory and the Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin will jointly host a stand. At 7.30pm in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, there will be a Memorial Service for the former Dean, the Very Revd Tom Salmon, at which the preacher will be Canon Adrian Empey.
In St George’ church, Belfast, a further series of weekly classes for beginners in Irish will begin on Wednesday at 6pm – no booking is required. Funded by the Ultach Trust and tutored by Niall MacLochlainn, classes are free and last ten weeks. St George’s has an Irish Language tradition and Prayer Book Services in Irish are held on the first Sunday of the month at 3pm.
The Clogher Diocesan Synod will be held in St Macartin’s Hall, Enniskillen, on Thursday while in Dublin the Rector of Sandford, the Revd Sonia Gyles, will be the preacher at the Diocesan Service for Primary Schools and Junior Schools in Christ Church cathedral at 11am.
On Friday a flower festival and a festival of hands will begin in St Maelruain’s church, Tallaght and continue until the following Sunday when the Archbishop of Dublin will preach at the closing service at 5pm.The flower festival will be coordinated by world renowned designer, Richard Haslam, and will focus on the theme’ The Circle of Life’ while the festival of hands will feature knitting and stitching, paper crafts, wood turning, art, photography and lots more. See www.stmaelruainsflowerfestival.com for more information
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’