Added on 21/12/2013
Saturday 21 December 2013
Books for Christmas
For those who are inclined to use the Christmas break to catch up on reading or, through the medium of gifts, to encourage others so to do, the last year has produced an interesting batch of publications about the Church of Ireland. As usual, history looms large.
Most topical is The Church of Ireland. An Illustrated History, published earlier this month by Booklink. Designed by the acclaimed Wendy Dunbar, this is a lavishly illustrated book with a general introduction by the Church of Ireland Historiographer, Dr Kenneth Milne, and sections on each of the dioceses. Another well illustrated book is Professor J.S. Curl’s Funerary Monuments & memorials in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, from Historical Publications.
Clergy of Ossory is an updated edition of Canon J.B. Leslie’s Ossory Clergy and Parishes which was published in 1933. This new edition has been prepared by Canon David Crooks and published by the Ulster Historical Foundation. Famous Clergy, from Slieve Croob Press, is a book of short studies by Canon Ernest Long – among his subjects are George Walker, Thomas Percy, Richard Mant and William Shaw Kerr. Clergy are also the subject of the privately published An Reifirmeisean, na Protastunaigh agus an Ghaeilge, 1534–1800 by Riobeard O hEanna.
Individual clergy have also received some attention. Leo Damrosch’s Jonathan Swift . His Life and his World has been published by Yale and a book of essays on the 14th century, Archbishop of Armagh, Richard FitzRalph, edited by Michael Dunne & Simon Nolan, has appeared from Four Courts Press. The third volume of Letters from Abroad: the Grand Tour Correspondence of Richard Pococke & Jeremiah Milles, edited by Dr Rachel Finnegan, was published by the Pococke Press.
Canon James Goodman, who has been the subject of both RTE radio and television programmes recently, is the subject of Tunes of the Munster Pipers 2, edited by Hugh & Lisa Shields and published by the Irish Traditional Music Archive. Rector of Abbeystrewry, 1867–96, and Professor of Irish in TCD, Goodman, who is memorialized by a statue in Skibbereen, is becoming recognized as an important collector of Irish traditional music.
The laity have not been completely ignored. Julia Turner’s important study of Daphne Wormell, who was to the forefront in advocating the ordination of women, entitled With Dignity and Grace, has been published by Hinds as has Rosa Pilcher’s Trinity Hall, 1908–2008 where many Church of Ireland women lived when students in TCD.
This afternoon (Saturday), at 4.30pm, the Annual Community Carol Service, organized by the local parishes, will be held in the Courtyard of Marlay House, Marlay Park, while at 7.30pm there will be a Christmas Concert in St George’s church, Balbriggan, with the Fingal Chamber Choir.
Tomorrow (Sunday) at 8pm there will be a Candlit Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in St Mary’s cathedral. Limerick, with seasonal refreshments and a retiring collection in aid of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. There will be a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in St Fin Barre’s cathedral, Cork, which will be repeated on Christmas Eve. Similarly in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin there will be a Festival of Nine Lesson and Carols tomorrow (Sunday) at 3.15pm and a second Festival Service on Christmas Eve for which tickets are required.
On Christmas Day the bishops, by tradition preach in their cathedrals. In St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast, the preacher will be will be the Bishop of Connor while in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, the Christmas Day preachment is reserved to the Dean, the Very Revd Victor Stacey.