New Diocese Website

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough have recently released a new design for their website. It’s worth a look if you’re interested in that kind of thing – and is (as it ever was) an excellent source of news from around the diocese

Ordinations

This afternoon at Christ Church, we celebrated the ordination of 3 deacons within the diocese. This is the first of two ordination services taking place in the cathedral; the second of which being the ordination of priests next Sunday.

Both the services are quite special in their own way. However, for me the ordination of deacons seems like the more significant occurrence for those involved, as it’s the culmination of years of study and preparation, and it’s also the process that marks the final transformation of ordinary people to members of the clergy.

And as such, it was great today to have so many people in the congregation; there to support these people as they made this big step. We also had a lots from clergy from all over the diocese and beyond (including the Bishop of Cork) attending the service in support of their new colleagues.
The music for today’s service was:

  • Processional Hymn: At the name of Jesus (Evelyns)
  • Gradual Hymn: I, the Lord of sea and sky (Here I am, Lord)
  • Gospel Fanfare: Tu es Petrus – Duruflé
  • Litany Ending: Agnus Dei – Peter Hurford
  • Hymn: Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire (Veni Creator)
  • Offertory Hymn: O Jesus, I have promised (Wolvercote)
  • Mass Setting: Missa Brevis – Lennox Berkeley
  • Communion Instrumental Piece: Ruach – Anne-Marie O’Farrell ‡
  • Communion Motet: Tu es Petrus – Robert Pearsall
  • Communion Motet: Holy is the True Light – Harris
  • Post-Communion Hymn: Pour out thy Spirit from on high (Warrington)
  • Voluntary: Toccata from Vième Symphonie – Widor

‡ piece for three wind instruments, written specially for today’s service by one of the ordinands.

Installation

It’s an important night in the cathedral tonight, as we have the installation service for our new Dean, the Venerable Dermot Dunne.

Admission to the service is by ticket only, and we’re expecting a big crowd. There’ll be representatives from the diocese, and from across the southern province too – and a lot of extra seating has already been laid out to cope with the expected number of people.

Both the cathedral choir and girls choir are singing in tonight’s service at 8.00pm, which will an expanded form of Choral Evensong. Some of the music for the service was also chosen by the new dean.

  • Introit: Bruckner Locus Iste
  • Responses: Rose
  • Canticles: Leighton Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniense
  • Anthem: Purcel O God thou art my God
  • Motet: Rose Surely thou hast tasted
  • Voluntary: Langlais Fte

New Dean

It was announced at the start of the Eucharist on Sunday morning that the archbishop has appointed the Venerable Dermot Dunne as the next Dean of Christ Church.

Dermot Dunne is the current archdeacon of Ferns, and was formerly dean’s vicar of the cathedral under Dean John Paterson from 1999 to 2001. His installation as Dean of Christ Church will take place on Thursday 29th May 2008 at 8.00pm.

Elsewhere

For the first time since I started singing at the cathedral, I’m making the effort this evening to go and hear another church choir in the city.

I’m also feeling the need to recharge my Anglo-Catholic batteries with a bit of high-church worship too. And luckily it’s the feast of Corpus Christi this evening, so I’m rather hoping there’ll be a huge procession of the Blessed Sacrament (under canopy, of course) around the church.

I didn’t grow up in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, but stumbled upon it somewhat by accident in later life. And since then, I’ve grown to love the sumptuous imagery cultivated in the high-church rituals. For me, it makes for a much more spiritual experience in church, and (handily) provides the perfect backdrop for presenting equally-sumptuous sacred music.

I’ve not been to this particular church before – nor have I heard their choir – but I did check out their web site a couple of days ago, and the music list seems quite promising – a bit of Viennese splendor and some French late-romantic music. Who could ask for more?

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