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Advent Begins

The Season of Advent begins tomorrow (Sunday), and so starts a new liturgical year and a fresh cycle of daily Scripture readings. Church of Ireland Publishing has announced that Sunday and Weekday Readings 2022 is now available.

This annual booklet is compiled with commendable efficiency by the Revd Ken Rue, who says: ‘Sunday and Weekday Readings is designed to help worship planners and lesson readers know the appointed readings for Sundays and weekdays. It is also beneficial for those who wish to follow a personal course of Scripture readings which is tied in with the Church calendar.’

It may be obtained from the Church of Ireland’s online bookstore (https://store.ireland.anglican.org) or from Richard Ryan at the Book Well, Belfast (email: info@thebookwell.co.uk; mobile: 07581 143 596). The price is £3.50/€4.00 per booklet.

In Dublin, in Christ Church cathedral, tomorrow (Sunday) the Advent Processions will be held at 5pm. This dramatic candle–lit service is an invitation to pause and reflect enfolded by beautiful seasonal music sung by the Cathedral Choir directed by Tom Little. At 6pm in St Patrick’s cathedral there will be Advent Carols by candle light.

A total of twenty–five students will be in attendance for the second cycle of the Certificate in Christian Theology and Practice which begins this weekend at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. The programme, entitled ‘Fit for the Purpose’, takes as its theme a personal and biblical exploration of various matters to do with vocation. The lead facilitators are Dr Christina Baxter, former Principal of St John’s College, Nottingham, and the Revd Dr Maurice Elliott, Director of CITI. Revd Dr Patrick McGlinchey, Lecturer in Missiology in CITI, will also be in attendance as the Course Co–ordinator.

The House of Bishops has announced the appointment of the Very Revd Lynda Peilow as Central Director of Ordinands. She takes over this role following the resignation of Canon David Gillespie, who served in the role for seven years, and will continue to serve in parish ministry in Galway. Welcoming the appointment, the Archbishop of Armagh remarked that: ‘Lynda is a great communicator, administratively strong, and will bring a pastoral concern to this role. We know that our ordinands will be valued and resourced with this appointment.’

Last Sunday’s Walk of Light, sponsored by the Dublin Council of Churches, was recorded, and a video will be released on the Dublin Council of Churches YouTube Channel tomorrow (Sunday).

The Dean of Limerick, the Very Revd Niall J Sloane, has announced the 2021 Cathedral Community Awards Scheme. The Awards Scheme, which was established in 2018, hopes to highlight the ‘unsung heroes’ of Limerick and will awarded in February 2022. Nomination forms are available from the Cathedral Office until the closing date of 30th November 2021. St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, is the oldest building in the City still in continuous use. It was founded in 1168 and is an iconic presence in the city landscape. At its core the Cathedral seeks every day to Welcome In & Reach Out. Whilst primarily a place of Christian Worship it is one of the major tourist attractions within the city of Limerick. Through its mission St Mary’s seeks every opportunity to promote love, peace and justice and to offer support wherever it can within the local community.

Sandford Christmas Market will be held next Saturday, 4 December, from 11.30am until 2.30pm in the grounds of Sandford parish church, Ranelagh, with Christmas crafts, deli, cakes, waffles, hot dogs, warm spiced apples, hot chocolate and great prizes.

Church of Ireland Notes

Published in the Saturday edition of The Irish Times

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