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In anticipation of this year’s General Synod, which will take place from 4–6 May, in Assembly Buildings, Belfast, the Synod’s Central Communications Board is inviting members of the Church to enter a photography competition with the theme of ‘New Beginnings’.  The competition is kindly being sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance. Following judging, selected entries to this special competition will win a prize and be featured on the Church of Ireland’s website and social media platforms. Photos may be  sent between now and the closing date, Tuesday, 26th April.  Full details about how to take part are available here and entries should be sent to press@ireland.anglican.org

This afternoon (Saturday) a special event at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute will mark the completion of the first year of a new course jointly taught by the Institute and Trinity College – the CCTP (the Certificate in Christian Theology and Practice). As the teaching was online, CITI are delighted to host a special service and buffet meal where students and lecturers will have an opportunity to meet face to face for the first time.

In Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, across the season of Lent there has been a focus on the theme ‘Refuge and Stronghold’ making space to offer prayers for healing and peace. On Monday evening there will be a Pilgrimage in Movement and Music to mark the beginning of Holy Week with a sense of pilgrimage within the cathedral space. Featuring a work of contemporary dance by Maria Nilsson Waller, with atmospheric music and the opportunity for participants to make their own journey through the cathedral space. On Tuesday and Wednesday at 5pm there will be Said Evening Prayer followed by Organ Meditation.

On Wednesday the Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory, the Rt Revd Michael Burrows,  will conclude his ministry in the diocese by celebrating the Eucharist in St Kieran’s church, Sierkieran. He will be translated to the Diocese of Tuam, Limerick & Killaloe on Thursday after which the Archdeacon of Ossory & Ferns, the Ven Ruth Elmes will be Commissory for the diocese on behalf of the Archbishop of Dublin who will have oversight of the spiritualities until the election of a new bishop.

On Maundy Thursday the Cork, Cloyne & Ross Diocesan Chrism Eucharist will be held in St Fachtna’s cathedral,  Rosscarbery, where the preacher will be the former Bishop of Down & Dromore, Dr Harold Miller.

Christ’s Passion has been depicted in countless works of art, music, literature and theatre. Le Chemin de la Croix offer a path through prayer and meditation to follow Christ’s suffering, death and burial. Marcel Dupre’s composition on the Stations is a symphonic poem that conveys through music the suffering and agony of Christ’s Passion. This will be performed in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, at 7pm on Thursday by organist David Leigh.

On Good Friday a special concert – Donna Nobis Pacem: A Concert for Ukraine – will take place at St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, in response to the Irish Red Cross’ Ukraine Appeal to aid those affected by the ongoing attacks on Ukraine and to support displaced families seeking asylum in Ireland. Tickets are on sale at stpatrickscathedral.ie/ukraine. The Cathedral Choir will perform Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, alongside works by two other Parisian composers Maurice Duruflé and Louis Vierne. The choir will be accompanied by Master of the Music, Mr Stuart Nicholson, the Organist and Assistant Master of the Music, Mr David Leigh, and Mr Jeffrey Ledwidge on bass.

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