Added on 19/04/2014
Saturday 19 April 2014
The celebrations surrounding the millennium of the Battle of Clontarf have been as extensive as they have been exhausting with those who are interested often having to choose between events on the same day in Dublin. Public lectures in the Royal Irish Academy, Trinity College and City Hall have attracted large audiences while new books by Professor Sean Duffy and Darren McGettigan have satisfied the curiosity of those who preferred to stay at home.
Next week the Church of Ireland marks the anniversary of this iconic event with an ecumenical service at noon on Wednesday – the actual anniversary of the battle – in St John the Baptist’s church, Clontarf, where the Rector is the Revd Lesley Robinson. President Higgins will attend as will the Danish and Norweigan ambassadors and representatives of the defence forces, local sporting, educational, leisure and politics interests.The theme of the service will be ‘Peace and Reconciliation’. The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Michael Jackson will be present, and the address will be given by the Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, the Most Reverend Eamonn Walsh, representing Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
Later this month, on Sunday 27 April, the millennium of the burial of Brian Boroimhe will be marked in St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh. Based on the Anglican liturgy of Choral Evensong, the service will be ecumenical in character, including both commemoration of the burial and prayer for the Ireland of today. Mark Patrick Hederman, OSB, Abbot of Glenstal, will preach. After his death at the Battle of Clontarf, Brian Boroimhe was buried ‘on the north side of the great church’ at Armagh.
The Church of Ireland cathedral of St Patrick, which stands on the site, incorporates a memorial tablet in its north wall. The service is part of a Brian Boru Festival which begins in Armagh on 22 April.
Today (Saturday) is National Pilgrim Walks Day which will feature pilgrim walks and cycles from three starting points to Clonmacnoise where there will be an ecumenical service at 3.30pm. The departure points are Ballycumber village at 1p (contact Ann Lannigan at 086 889–5194), Ballinahown at 12 noon (contact Ann Lannigan at 086 889 5194) and Clonbonny, Athlone at 10am (contact Fred Carney at 087 212 8842). The Ballycumber option is a cycle and the Ballinahown and Clonbony options are walks.
On Easter Day the bishops, by tradition, preach in their diocesan cathedrals. Among those who have more than one cathedral, the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross will be in St Fin Barre’s cathedral, the Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory will be in Cashel cathedral and the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe will be in St Columb’s cathedral. The Bishop of Down & Dromore will be the preacher in St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast, while in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dubllin, the Dean, the Very Revd Victor Stacey, will preach.
In the Diocese of Clogher there will be a Dawn Service on the shore of Lough Erne behind Killadeas Priory church while in the Diocese of Elphin there will
be a Dawn Service on Dunmoran Strand, Co. Sligo.
The Dean and Chapter of St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast have appointed the Revd Ruth Patterson, as a Methodist ecumenical canon in succession to the Revd Brian Fletcher who has retired. No date has been set yet for the installation. The Dean of Belfast has expressed the hope the new canon will contribute to the life of the cathedral from her experience of serving Methodist congregations in Belfast and in ecumenical endeavours.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’