The Rector writes ‘I think it is lovely that we have a well known helping organisation called after the Samaritan man mentioned in today’s Gospel. Samaritans were established here in 1962, there are now 20 Samaritans branches across Ireland with more than 2,000 active volunteers. Samaritans really is a unique charity which has dedicated itself to reducing people’s feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. Their statistics from their website are truly amazing: every 6 seconds, they respond to a call for help and each year, they answer more than 5 million calls for help by phone, email, text, letter, or face to face at one of their local branches.
I have invited them to join us at our ‘Faith in Action’ evening on Wednesday 13th November so that we can learn more about them and hopefully some of us may feel that this is something we could help with in the future.’
Please note the Parish office is closed until Wednesday 31st July. During August it will only be open on Wednesday and Friday mornings between 9:15 & 12:15.
Mothers Union and friends. You are invited to afternoon tea at Ricky and Sarah Foott’s garden at 1 Gordon Villas, Monkstown. Friday 19th July at 14.30. Eircode T12X51K.
Littlies + One-Thank you to Anne Ward and Joyce Loney who are retiring from helping at our Littlies + One toddler group which happens each Monday from 10am to 12 noon. We appreciate all they have done. Thank you also to Elaine, Tracey and Hilary who continue to help. If you are free once a month on a Monday morning one or two new volunteers would be appreciated to set up and make a few cuppas! Please talk to one of us. Finally there will be no Littlies + One in August. Back again 2nd September.
15th July Littlies + One 10-12 Parish Hall
17th July Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church
22nd – 26th July THE ADVENTURE CRUISE
Holiday Club 10-1pm St Mary’s School
29th July—24th August Rector on vacation,
Douglas Clergy covering pastoral emergencies
August No Littlies + One
15th Sept No morning services in St John’s & St Mary’s as we will be attending the 11:15 Service in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral
13th Nov Faith in Action information evening
7:30pm Parish Hall
Random Notes CCCIX
In response to a gentle request on Sunday last from the Rector as to the origins of the text in the chancel over the east window in St. Mary’s Church, Carrigaline, the compiler of this note, being a dutiful parishioner, did as he was bid to do, and made an examination of the minute book of the meetings of the select vestry, wherein he found the following entry relating to the text:
‘A special meeting of the Select Vestry was held in Carrigaline Church, on Monday, 16th October, 1893.
Present: Rev. E. Gibbings (presiding), R.H. Hayes, Captn, Connor, M.H.J. Roberts, Hy. Smyth, and D.H. Young.
It was proposed by Captn. Connor, and seconded by Mr. R.H. Hayes, and passed unanimously, that:-
(a) The painting of dado etc. for the sum of four pounds stg. be carried out.
(b) That the text “O Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” be painted in artistic lettering around the Chancel window, for the sum of two pounds, stg.
(c) That the interior of all windows be painted with one coat of white, and the inside of the three doors varnished. That the walls of the vestry be washed in the same colour as the inside of the Church, and the ceiling whitened, for the sum of four pounds, stg.
(d) That book rests of pitch-pine be placed on all the seats.’
The text, as all parishioners will of course well know, is taken from the 96th psalm, verse 9, of which in its entirety reads:
‘O Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, fear before him all the earth’,
a verse later used in the well known epiphany hymn, by the the Revd. John Samuel Bewley Monsell (1811-1875).
‘O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,
bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience and incense of lowliness,
kneel and adore him the Lord is his name.’