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.

Funeral service

The funeral service of the Very Reverend Desmond Harman took place at 11.00am today in Christ Church Cathedral Dublin.

At the request of his family the service was a Eucharist of Thanksgiving and Celebration, and it was celebrated by the Most Reverend Dr. John Neill, Archbishop of Dublin.

The sermon was given by the Venerable Edgar Swann, Archdeacon of Glendalough and the late Dean’s brother-in-law (sermon text).

The following music was performed:

  • Organ music before the service: Pièce d’orgue (BWV572) – J.S.Bach, Carol – Gerald Finzi, Fugue in E flat major (BWV552ii) – J.S.Bach
  • The Funeral Sentences – William Croft
  • Requiem – Maurice Duruflé
  • Psalm 122
  • Hymn: Now thank we all ord God (Nun danket)
  • Bring us, O Lord God – William Harris
  • Hymn: Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (Praise, My Soul)
  • The Spirit of the Lord – Edward Elgar
  • Set me as a seal – William Walton
  • Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol – Percy Grainger
  • Hymn: Christ triumphant, ever reigning (Guiting Power)
  • Expectans Expectavi – Charles Wood
  • Organ Voluntary: Praeludium et Fuga in G (BWV541) – J.S.Bach

Much of the music for today’s service was chosen by Dean Harman for his installation service on 26th April 2004. That service ended the same was as today’s service, with the motet ‘Expectans Expectavi’ by Charles Wood.
The interment took place privately.

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