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LAC Responds to the Death of Queen Elizabeth

The Liturgical Advisory Committee of the Church of Ireland has published a set of liturgical resources for use in parishes marking the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The resources include material for the preparation of a Service of the Word or a Service of Holy Communion.  There are also prayers and suggested readings that can be used in the context of Morning and Evening Prayer and other offices.

Speaking about the resources, the LAC Chaplain, the Revd Adrian Dorrian, said: ‘As we reflect on the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, clergy and other worship leaders will rightly wish to provide opportunities for mourning and for thanksgiving in their own contexts.  We hope that these resources will be of assistance in the preparation of services, alongside wider national events.  As well as material for the preparation of Services of the Word and Holy Communion, there are readings and prayers which can be used as part of other offices or for stand–alone times of prayer.’

The resources are available at this link.

This afternoon, at 3pm, there will be a Service of Welcome in Blarney for the Revd Abigail Sines as she begins her new role as Associate Minister on the Carrigrohane group of parishes in the Diocese of Cork. Ms Simes has been Dean’s Vicar in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, since 2016.

A Service of Prayer and Reflection will take place in St Macartin’s cathedral, Enniskillen, at 6pm tomorrow (Sunday) to give thanks for the life and reign of Queen Elizbeth II.

A concert will be held in the Church of Our Lady Conceived without Sin in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, tomorrow evening  (Sunday) at 8pm in support of the Kingston Charity Trust and the restoration work at Kingston College for Ukrainian refugees.  Many people have been involved in the task of renovating six houses in Kingston College  for Ukrainian refugees. Six families were able to move in already. The concert will raise additional funds for the renovation, and hopefully two more houses can be completed. Bishop Paul Colton commented: ‘As trustees of Kingston College we are hugely grateful for the mammoth support and great generosity of countless people from all over the country, and most especially from Mitchelstown itself and the surrounding areas.’

A new series of lunchtime recitals begins in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, on Tuesday  at 1.15pm when Christoforos Karathanasis (violin) and  Vasilis Rakitzis (piano) will play music by Faure, Rebecca Clarke and Amy Beach.

The Church of Ireland will again have a presence at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois, this year from next Tuesday until Thursday as the event returns post–Covid. There will be a welcome at Block no.2 Row 37 Stand No. 591 where volunteers will be in the tent to provide a chat, a welcome sit down and to offer a cup of tea, coffee and a biscuit. Feel free to call in for prayer, for quiet space to ask a question, to share with us or to say hello.

Next  Friday, at 8pm, in Calary Church, Co. Wicklow, Annette Cleary (cello), David O’Doherty (violin) and John Feeley (guitar) will play the Trio for violin, cello and guitar Opus 18 No. 1 by Francois De Fossa and the Terzetto for violin, cello and guitar by Niccolo Paganini.  As Wicklow County Council’s Arts Office has sponsored this Culture Night concert, it is a free event and entrance will be on a first come first served basis.

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