Added on 15/03/2014
Saturday 15 March 2014
St Patrick’s Tide Celebrations
St Patrick’s Day will be celebrated throughout the Church of Ireland next Monday and will be pre–figured tomorrow (Sunday) evening in St Mary’s church, Carrigaline, where there will be a celebration of the Eucharist in Irish with Cor Cois Abhann directed by Ian Sexton, and in St Patrick’s cathedral, Trim, where the preacher will be Dr Philip Knowles.
On St Patrick’s Day the main focus will be Downpatrick. There will be a celebration of the Eucharist in St Patrick’s Memorial Church, Saul, at 9.15am followed by a pilgrimage to Downpatrick for the Festival Service in Down cathedral where the Bishop of Down & Dromore will preside and Alain Emerson, from Emmanuel Church, Lurgan, will preach. After the Festival Service there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the traditional site of the grave of St Patrick.
In St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, there will be a celebration of the Eucharist in Irish at 9.15am and a Festival Eucharist at 10.30, attended by the Friendly Brothers of St Patrick, at which the Bishop of Tuam will preach. In the evening, at 6pm, the cathedral will host the Dublin Council of Churches’ ecumenical celebration in word and song and in Irish music, traditional and modern.
The Bishop of Cork will preside at the St Patrick’s Day Festival and Civic Eucharist in St Fin Barre’s cathedral after which he will host a reception in the Palace. In Armagh the Revd Elaine Dunne will celebrate the Eucharist in Irish in St Patrick’s cathedral at 10am and at the 11 am Sung Eucharist the celebrant will be the Archbishop and the preacher Bishop Ken Clarke.
Among other celebrations elsewhere there will be Irish language services in St George’s church, Belfast, St Nicholas’ Collegiate church, Galway, and St Canice’s cathedral, Kilkenny.
Despite the St Patrick’s tide festivities Lent continues to be observed. Today (Saturday) Affirming Catholicism Ireland will hold a Lenten Quiet Day in Ballymore parish church, Tandragee. Alice Leahy, from Trust, will be the speaker at the ecumenical service in All Hallows College at 7.30pm on Wednesday while at the same time in Powercourt School Hall, Fr Tony Flannery will speak on ‘Repairing a Damaged Church’. On Thursday evening the Bishop of Clogher will reflect on baptism in the Cassandra Hand Centre, Clones, while in the Stillorgan Park Hotel at 8pm Swami Purnananda will talk about living as a Hindu in Ireland.
Tomorrow (Sunday) evening the recently retired Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch, will preach in Clogher cathedral at the installation of the Ven. Helene Steed as Archdeacon of Clogher, while in Freshford parish church the Revd Tim Irvine will be in instituted as Vicar of the Kilkenny union of parishes. In St Columb’s cathedral the Bishop of Derry & Raphoe will preach at at the installation of two new canons – The Revd Michael Roemmele, Rector of Camus–juxta–Bann (Macosquin) and the Revd Harold Given, Rector of Tamlaghtfinlagan (Ballykelly).
In Christ Church cathedral, Dublin on Tuesday the lunchtime lecture will be given by Professor Raymond Gillespie from NUI Maynooth who will speak on ‘Christ Church and its History’.
A service of Choral Evensong in Memory of the Victims of Homophobic Violence will be held in Trinity College Chapel on Thursday at 5.15pm. The guest speaker at this Rainbow Week event will be Jerry Buttimer, T.D., member of Dail Éireann for Cork South Central and Chairperson of Oireactas Committee on Health and Children. There will be a reception after the service in House 27. All welcome.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’