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Rokeby Lecture in Armagh

The Armagh Robinson Library will continue its 250th anniversary celebrations next week. As part of the City of Armagh’s Georgian Week celebrations the Library will hold its annual Rokeby Lecture next Thursday evening at 7.30pm when Dr Kate Heard, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Royal Collection Trust, will speak about ‘Amusement or enrichment? Archbishop Robinson and his prints’. The lecture will be held in The Studio Theatre in the Market Place Theatre. Admission is free with pre–booking essential through the Theatre’s booking system here.

Later on the same evening and in the same venue there will be a premiere of the film, Bind. This innovative contemporary dance and poetry film has been created in Armagh Robinson Library to celebrate its 250th anniversary.

Meanwhile in Dublin, Marsh’s Library has an on–line exhibition, ‘Ragged Livid & On Fire’ which is a celebration of the publication in 1820 of Melmoth the Wanderer by the Revd Charles Robert Maturin who was curate of St Peter’s, 1807–27. He lived close to Marsh’s Library and was a regular visitor. This exhibition shows that Maturin used a familiarity with 16th and 17th century printed material to condemn religious hypocrisy and to draw a sharp distinction between the light of culture and the darkness of fanaticism. The exhibition has been curated by Dr Christina Morin of the University of Limerick and Dr Jason McElligottt, Director of Marsh’s Library.

Tomorrow (Sunday) is the Church of Ireland Youth Department’s Day of Prayer. This annual event previously took place on the Sunday before Lent but has now been moved to the Sunday before Advent.  CIYD is encouraging all churches to make space to pray for young people. A PDF version of a book published by CIYD in 2019 with ideas of how to pray is available to help local churches to plan ahead for the Day of Prayer – email admin@ciyd.org for a copy.

After last year’s pandemic induced hiatus, tomorrow (Sunday) the 17th Walk of Light, sponsored by the Dublin Council of Churches, will take place. Three churches in the city centre act as stations of worship in a unified liturgy under the theme ‘In His name the nations will put their hope’. The walk begins at 4pm in St. Ann’s Church of Ireland, Dawson Street, and continues at 4.45pm at Newman University Church, St. Stephen’s Green; The liturgy concludes in Adelaide Road Presbyterian Church at 5.30pm. You are most warmly invited to attend one of the stations of worship. Due to health and safety considerations, only 15 people will walk from one church to another. However, the Walk of Light will be recorded, and a video will be released on the Dublin Council of Churches YouTube Channel on the first Sunday in Advent.

The Pride of Cork Award 2021 will be presented to the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross, Dr Paul Colton, next Friday. The award is for people, organisations and communities who are nominated by the people of Cork in a public call for nominations. The Bishop is recognised for numerous reasons, such as his night prayers during the Covid–19 pandemic that gave hope, solace and inspiration, his inclusiveness for all in our society and his ability to speak out and be heard in Civic, Church and State matters, among others. Dr Colton is the longest serving Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross in over 400 years, and as the longest serving bishop still in office in the Anglican Churches of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

Church of Ireland Notes

Published in the Saturday edition of The Irish Times

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