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Seminar on Anglican–Roman Catholic Work on Receptive Ecumenism

Regular readers of The Irish Times will have seen Canon Ian Ellis’s recent reflection on the latest report of ARCIC III. There will be a further opportunity to consider this matter at a seminar in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute on Wednesday, 9 October, at 7.30pm. The seminar is being run by the Anglican and Ecumenical Affairs Working Group of the Church of Ireland Commission for Christian Unity and Dialogue, of which Canon Ellis is the chairman.

The focus of the evening will be on the latest report of the Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC–III), Walking Together on the Way, and the seminar will be open to any interested people. The report focuses on receptive ecumenism – the principle that asks first what one’s own tradition can learn from another, rather than being first concerned about what other traditions can learn from one’s own. Formally practised, it is a relatively new approach to ecumenical dialogue.

The seminar will be addressed by two ARCIC members. Bishop Christopher Hill has long been involved in ecumenical relations. He was the Church of England’s Bishop of Guildford from 2004 to 2013. He is a former President of the Conference of European Churches and is a current member of ARCIC–III. Monsignor Mark Langham was Administrator of Westminster Cathedral until 2008, when he was appointed to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Since 2013, he has been chaplain at Fisher House, the University of Cambridge’s Roman Catholic chaplaincy. He is a former Co–Secretary of ARCIC.

The formal contributions will be followed by an opportunity for questions and answers

Admission is free but spaces at the seminar are limited. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Canon Ian Ellis at ian.m.ellis@btinternet.com

Tomorrow (Sunday) in Christ  Church cathedral, Dublin, the 11am Sung Eucharist and the 3.30pm Evensong will be sung by the Past Choristers while next Thursday Evensong will be sung by the Choir of Great St Mary’s, Cambridge, at 6pm. In St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, the choir of Christ the King church, Frankfurt, will sing at the 11.15 am Choral Eucharist and at the 3.15pm Evensong. The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross will attend the attend Centenary Celebrations and Mass at St Colman’s cathedral, Cloyne, and on Monday the Lord Mayor of Cork will pay a courtesy visit to the Palace. 

The organ recital series concludes in St Fin Barre’s cathedral, Cork, on Friday at 1.10pm when Rónán Murray, of St Joseph’s church, Glasthule, will play music by Bach, Bonnet, Guilmant and an Improvisation. In the evening the Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory will introduce the Revd Victoria Lynch as priest–in–charge of Fiddown union of parishes which is based on Piltown, Co. Waterford. Elsewhere in the united diocese, Mr Alex Morahan has been appointed as chaplain to Kilkenny College.

Church Music Dublin believes there is a desire in many parish churches to sing the psalms to Anglican chant. The enthusiasm shown at the Anglican Chant workshop in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, earlier this year, confirmed this view. The Church of Ireland no longer publishes a chant book or a choir edition of the psalter that is consistent with the present BCP and so it is planned to fill this gap with a Psalms Online initiative. The Psalms Online project provides the basic tools.  Starting in September, the appointed psalms with chant, Sunday by Sunday, will be easily accessible online, in printable format. Already the appointed psalms for September and October have been uploaded. The website link is  www.churchmusicdublin.org/psalms

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