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Theology of the Eucharist

The Theology of the Eucharist from a Church of Ireland Perspective, by Canon Michael Kennedy, is now available to download from the Church of Ireland’s online bookstore.  At almost 500 pages, the book includes a Foreword by the Revd Dr William Marshall, formerly Vice–Principal of the Church of Ireland Theological College.

Canon Kennedy remarks: “In producing this study of the theology of the Eucharist (Holy Communion) from a Church of Ireland perspective I have taken care not to suggest that this is the only way of approaching it – hence the use of ‘a’ rather than ‘the’ in the title! For the same reason I have avoided any ready–made set of conclusions, although I have included a personal reflection at the end of this work. It is designed, hopefully, to inform and also to encourage readers to wrestle with the issues (as I have tried to do) and to come up with their own conclusions. The extensive annotation after each section is intended to provide evidence for the statements made in the main text and where needed to amplify the argument.

“The ground covered ranges from Church formularies, such as the Articles of Religion and the Prayer Book catechism, through study of the theological implications of the Holy Communion in the 2004 Prayer Book to assessments of a wide range of documents, some of them official, to ecumenical statements including for example from the Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) and the World Council of Churches’ Lima document on Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (1982) to current thinking on the Eucharist in the Anglican Communion’.”

The Theology of the Eucharist and the Commentaries are published by Church of Ireland Publishing, and both are also accessible in the Prayer & Worship section of the Church of Ireland website.

Tomorrow (Sunday) at 11.10 on RTÉ One & 11.00 on Radio 1 Extra/LW252, the Very Revd Niall Sloane  will lead a Communion Service with musicians and congregation from the cathedral parish of St Mary, Limerick. In  St Canice’s cathedral, Kilkenny, the Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory will ordain the  Revd Ger James and the Revd Mike O’Meara as priests for the Ordained Local Ministry in the parishes of Carlow and Cashel respectively.

This year, No 5 Vicars’ Hill, the former Armagh Provincial and Diocesan Registry, is celebrating its 250th anniversary.  Registry Officer, Dr Stephen Day, will give an online talk about No 5 on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

Founded in 1772, a year after the nearby Armagh Robinson Library and located just opposite the west door of Saint Patrick’s cathedral, it is a small, hidden gem of a building. This Grade A listed building was restored and opened to the public in 2011 and the two rooms now contain treasures which Archbishops Robinson and Beresford donated to the Library, as well as many other historical and religious exhibits which assist in the understanding of the rich history of Armagh and the surrounding area.

To book a place for Dr Day’s online talk, please go to this link. For further information, please e–mail admin@armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk or telephone 028 3752 3142.

Aisling Irwin has joined the RCB Library’s team as Assistant Archivist on an 18–month contract.  She is a history graduate from Maynooth and is a qualified archivist, having completed a Master’s Degree at UCD. Her previous archival experience has been working as a Digitisation Assistant on the artists’ collections at the National Gallery of Ireland.

Church of Ireland Notes

Published in the Saturday edition of The Irish Times


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