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Parishes and cathedrals celebrate the Platinum Jubilee


Many of our local church communities warmly celebrated the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II over the recent bank holiday weekend, opening their doors to friends, relatives and neighbours.

The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, the Most Revd John McDowell, attended the national Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral alongside fellow church leaders.  St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, hosted a Service of Thanksgiving for the county at which the Rt Revd Lord Eames OM was the preacher.  An audio recording of the service is available here:


The Church of Ireland in its daily prayers remembers Her Majesty, her family, and all in authority.  Please see below for a selection of Platinum Jubilee stories.

Platinum Jubilee celebrations around Connor Diocese

What a busy and joyful few days it has been around the UK and the Commonwealth as people came together to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – and Connor Diocese was no exception!  There were street parties, special services, lunches, barbecues, and more, as parishioners paid tribute to Her Majesty for her 70 years as monarch, and celebrated a lifetime of faith.

A beautifully knitted crown on display for the Platinum Jubilee at services in Larne, Inver, Glynn and Raloo.
A beautifully knitted crown on display for the Platinum Jubilee at services in Larne, Inver, Glynn and Raloo.

A ‘divine calling’ for the Queen

The Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, the Rt Revd Andrew Forster, told the congregation at a Platinum Jubilee Service in St Columb’s Cathedral on Friday that if they are truly to honour Her Majesty the Queen – both her constancy and her service – then they would seek to follow her example and put their faith in “the great reconciler” Jesus Christ.

On the previous evening, the Vice Lord Lieutenant for the County Borough of Londonderry, Mr Ian Crowe MBE DL, lit a beacon at the main gate of St Columb’s to mark the Platinum Jubilee.


At Belfast Cathedral

The city of Belfast’s Service of Thanksgiving at St Anne’s Cathedral was led by Dean Stephen Forde and attended by Bishops George Davison and David McClay and many guests.  A report and selection of photos is available here.
Photo credit: Patrick Hugh Lynch.
Photo credit: Patrick Hugh Lynch.




Jubilee street party in Sydenham
Over 600 people of all ages joined together in celebration at a free community street party at St Brendan’s, Sydenham, that included lunch, tea and coffee, ice creams, slushies, crafts, music, fancy dress, soft play area and bouncy castles. A free book on the faith of the Queen was given out, the national anthem was sung and there was even a life–size cut out of Her Majesty for people to take photos with.



A Jubilee Tea for seventy!

Seventy people – seventy years! Belvoir Parish enjoyed a special Jubilee Afternoon Tea on Thursday, 2 June, where it had a seat at the table for 70 people – one for every year of the Queen’s reign: “We might have sneaked in a few extra guests for good measure!”

Service of Thanksgiving in Enniskillen

A Service of Thanksgiving for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee took place in St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen.  The service was filled with music and tributes to Her Majesty.  In his address, the Bishop of Clogher, the Rt Revd Dr Ian Ellis, described it as “a joyous occasion to celebrate a most significant landmark in the life of our nation: the Platinum Jubilee of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.”

Her Majesty's Deputy Lieutenant for Fermanagh lighting the beacon after the Service.
Her Majesty's Deputy Lieutenant for Fermanagh lighting the beacon after the Service.

A Royal Hillsborough Jubilee

The dedication of a new Standard for the Royal Hillsborough Branch of the Royal British Legion was the first of the special events involving Hillsborough Parish for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.


A great opportunity for photographers!

A photo gallery of Jubilee events from around the Diocese of Down and Dromore is available on the diocesan website.  Here is a scene from Down Cathedral’s celebrations on Sunday morning.
Photo credit: Jeff Marshall.
Photo credit: Jeff Marshall.

Lisburn Branch Royal British Legion held a Queen’s Jubilee Dinner with parishioners from some of the local churches invited (and pictured by local photographer Norman Briggs).

Parishioners from St Paul's, Lisburn. Photo credit: Norman Briggs.
Parishioners from St Paul's, Lisburn. Photo credit: Norman Briggs.

Along with Her Majesty, Cloughfern celebrates its own 70 years!

Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations were all the more special in Cloughfern Parish as it was also marking its 70th anniversary over the weekend of 4th–5th June.  Back in 1951, intending parishioners of the newly–formed Parish of Cloughfern met in a converted barn in Fernagh Estate.
Services and Sunday School were held in this venue for approximately a year and a half, until the new Church of the Ascension, Cloughfern, was built in the form of a dual purpose hall.   The church was formally dedicated by the Bishop, the Rt Rev Charles Irwin, on Ascension Day, 24th May 1952.

Cutting the anniversary cake are children of founder members of the Church of the Ascension, Cloughfern Parish: Tom Fulton, Maebeth (Waite) Wilson, Christine Hunter, and Eleanor (Fulton) Robinson.
Cutting the anniversary cake are children of founder members of the Church of the Ascension, Cloughfern Parish: Tom Fulton, Maebeth (Waite) Wilson, Christine Hunter, and Eleanor (Fulton) Robinson.

 

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