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Historical Reading

The Church of Ireland’s Historical Centenaries Working Group has published a reading list on the current phase of the decade of centenaries to encourage a greater understanding of this era in Irish history.  Divided States: Irish Independence and its Aftermath, 1918–1923 is introduced with an essay by the Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Richard Clarke.

The Convenor of the Historical Centenaries Working Group, Bishop Paul Colton, said that in producing this introductory reading list, the group is seeking to equip members of the Church of Ireland, those already familiar with our history and those new to it, alike, for the current period of centenary commemorations.  He has acknowledged the work of all those who have been involved in drawing up this bibliography, and most especially George Woodman.

The reading list covers the wider context of Irish history, the development of nationalism and unionism, events in Ireland from 1913 to 1923, the Anglo–Irish Treaty, the Civil War, partition and the development of Northern Ireland, the Southern Protestant community, and the role of women in the revolutionary era.

The resource is available online at http://bit.ly/2OXsslf

Many, if not all, of the books on the reading list will be available in the RCB Library which is not only the Church of Ireland’s archives and reference library but also a lending library for those who choose to become members.

Tomorrow (Sunday) is Palm Sunday. In Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, the service will begin in the cathedral grounds followed by a procession into the cathedral, while in St Macartin’s cathedral, Enniskillen, there will be a  Palm Sunday procession with a donkey.

In a departure from the usual format, the Three Hour Liturgy for Good Friday in St Ann’s Church, Dublin, at 12noon will have a full choir with music which will include Allegri’s Misere, the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Tallis and Rheinberger’s Stabat Mater. The preacher will be Fr Kieran O’Mahony OSA. There will also be Choral Evensong on Tuesday at 6.00pm. Also in Dublin the ‘Ecumenical Outdoors Way of the Cross’ in the Rathmines area will begin at 12.30pm on Good Friday. Parishioners of Holy Trinity, Rathmines, will join with the Roman Catholic Rathmines congregation and the Methodist Centenary Church and St Finian’s Lutheran Church in this public expression of common faith. At six stations, beginning in the forecourt of the Roman Catholic Church, Rathmines, the Passion of Christ will be remembered and reflected on.

The Board of the Church of Ireland Press has expressed its thanks to the Revd Earl Storey, who has successfully led the relaunch of the Church of Ireland Gazette over the past year. Earl will shortly retire from the role to continue his project–based work, but he leaves a fine legacy in the new format monthly magazine. The Gazette, under Earl’s editorship, has maintained its role to record and report matters of current interest in the Church with a fresh emphasis on balanced and in–depth articles. Earl also introduced items and information of general interest to the widest possible spectrum of church people and enhanced the all–island appeal of its content.

Earl will hand over to a new editor in coming months and will continue to support the Gazette in a voluntary capacity. Application forms for the editor’s post can be obtained from the Gazette Office on 048/028 9267 5743 or by emailing  gazette@ireland.anglican.org

Applications should be submitted to The Chair of Church of Ireland Press Limited, 3 Wallace Avenue Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT27 4AA or by email to gazette@ireland.anglican.org by noon on Friday 10 May.