Added on 02/08/2014
Saturday 2 August 2014
World War I Remembrance
Next week the outbreak of World War I will be remembered. The principal centenary service will be in St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast, on Monday evening at 7pm. The service, which is by invitation only, will be led by the Dean of Belfast, the Very Revd John Mann, and the preacher will be the Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Richard Clarke.
Queen Elizabeth will be represented by the Duke of York and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers MP, will also be in attendance as will Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, with other representatives of civic and political life. Senior figures from the main churches in Northern Ireland will be present along with representatives of other faith communities.
Young people will light five candles during the service, each representing a year of the war. The Duke of York will read a lesson and will light a candle to commemorate the occasion. This will be placed beside one of the eight volumes of books kept in the Cathedral which record the names of all those from across the island of Ireland who fought and died during the 1914–18 war.
Music, led by the Cathedral Choirs, directed by Master of the Choristers David Stevens, will include In Paradisum from Fauré’s Requiem, and hymns including St Patrick’s Breastplate and Be Thou My Vision.
The Royal British Legion will raise two Standards, and there will be an Act of Remembrance introduced by the Dean and the President of the Royal British Legion in Northern Ireland, Mervyn Elder. The Chairman of the Northern Ireland First World War Centenary Committee, Jeffrey Donaldson MP, will read an Ulster poem of the First World War.
Elsewhere, there will be commemorations tomorrow (Sunday) in St Macartin’s cathedral, Enniskillen, where the Bishop of Clogher will preach and in St Patrick’s church, Broughshane where the preacher will be the Dean of Connor, the Very Revd John Bond. On Monday evening in St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, there will be a Service of Reflection led by the Revd Patrick Irwin.
In Dublin today (Saturday) at 5.30pm the vocal ensemble, Peregryne, directed by Stuart Kinsella, will sing Compline in St Andrew’s church, Westland Row, and they will sing again tomorrow (Sunday) in the Lady Chapel of St Patrick’s cathedral. The Tacoma Youth Choir from California will give a lunchtime concert in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick tomorrow (Sunday) and on Tuesday evening they will sing in St Patrick’s church, Greystones.
On Tuesday the Archbishop of Armagh will introduce Geoffrey Walmsley from the Church Army to be a lay pastor in the Dundalk group of parishes. In the National Library the Revd Professor Patrick Comerford, from the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, will speak on ‘Hatch, Match and Beyond – Finding Trails and Tales in Parish Records’ as part of the ‘Genealogy at Lunchtime’ series of talks. On Wednesday Canon Comerford, as President of Irish CND, will be one of the speakers at the annual commemoration of the Hiroshima bombing which will be held at 1pm in Merrion Square park.
On Wednesday the Bishop of Down & Dromore will institute the Revd Bryan Kerr as Rector of Dromore after which he will be installed as Dean of Dromore and on Friday Bishop Miller will institute the Revd Sue Bell, who has come from Preston in the Diocese of Blackburn, to the incumbency of Ballywalter.
The lunchtime organ recital in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, on Wednesday will be given by Stuart Nicholson from St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’