The Rector writes ‘Tonight is the first Choral Evensong in 2020. This lovely service is particularly Anglican as it was originally created by the reforming English Bishop & Martyr Thomas Cranmer back in the 16th century by combining the monastic offices of Vespers and Compline. Cranmer was also the author of much of our Book of Common Prayer. In true Reformation spirit, he translated the Latin services into English so they could be understood by everyone. Bishop Cranmer also included lessons from Scripture, psalms, the Lord’s Prayer, and sung responses. It hasn’t changed very much since Cranmer’s day. We now have some congregational hymns and an Epilogue (address/sermon) but other than that Cranmer would feel right at home. If you haven’t yet attended one of these Choral Evensongs I would really heartily recommend it. The Monkstown Chamber Choir practise very hard every week to bring us this lovely atmospheric service each month and it is much appreciated by all who attend.
Mother’s Union Wednesday 19th February at 8pm in the Parish Hall. “A few Steps on the Wild Side”, a talk and photos of Clare Poole’s trip to the Rockies last summer. Supper provided.
Carrigaline Welcome Project Table Quiz- Friday, 21st February in Carrigaline GAA Club. Table of 4 for €40. Doors open at 7.30pm. Start 8pm. We are working together to welcome a refugee family into the community of Carrigaline in 2020.This is a community sponsorship initiative supported by Carrigaline Ecumenical Project Team (CEPT).
FLOWER ROTA/BELL ROTA If anyone would like to try their hand at a new skill there are spaces on the Flower rota and Bell rota in St Mary’s Church. Contact Joy Keefe on 0872559844 for further information. Flower rota will be in pairs so anybody wishing to try their hand at it, the will be joined by somebody with experience. Training will be given to anyone who would like to try ringing the bells!
Music Notes 09-02-2020
This is an extract taken from an article by Don E. Saliers which recently appeared in The American Organist:
Hymn singing and sung prayer of the psalms offer countless invitations to ‘see’ with our ears. This is, in part, why some hymns unite sound and image in such a way as to become the narrative of our spiritual life. Images in the hymns we sing take poetry of a strong, vivid text into the repertoire of how we see, understand, and live in the world. Where are poetry and music working together to bring your spirit and body into wholeness before God? Something to think about!
10th Feb Littlies + One 10-12 Parish Hall
Whist drive practice 8pm Parish Hall
12th Feb Monkstown Home Group , 8pm Mount Rivers, (Lesley Robert’s home)
13th Feb Holy Communion 10:30am St Mary’s Church
Friendship Club 11am Rectory
Women of the Bible Study. 7:45pm. Parish Hall
19th Feb Mother’s Union 8pm Parish Hall
21st Feb Carrigaline Welcome Project Table Quiz. 7:30pm GAA Club, Carrigaline
26th Feb Ash Wednesday 10:30am & 7:30pm St Mary’s
2nd March Review of Vestry Register 7:30pm Parish Hall
4th March Evening Prayer 7:30pm St Mary’s 8pm Bible Study in the Parish Hall
29th March No morning services in Monkstown/Carrigaline, 11:30am Installation of the Rector as Canon in St Factna’s Cathedral in Rosscarbery.
7pm Service of Wholeness & Healing St John’s
Random Notes no. CCCXXX
Illustrated above is a most attractive photograph of the upper section of the window, with its coloured glass, that lights the northern transept of St Mary’s Church.
The photograph was taken by a now unknown photographer in or around the mid 1990’s, who gave it, together with seven other similar views, to the then Rector of Carrigaline, the Revd. Arthur Houston, who in turn later presented them to the compiler of this note.
Designed by William Hill (1798-1844), architect of Cork, and dating from c.1835, the transept was beautifully and seamlessly added to the recently constructed Church, and it is very pleasing indeed to be able to record that the box pews in the gallery, together with this, and the other windows in the transept have all survived intact and unaltered, all a part of the original work.
A note in the minutes of the Select Vestry records the reason for the addition:
‘In consequence of the want of accommodation for a large portion of the poor in the body of the Church, That the sum of one hundred and thirty-six pounds vested in the Savings Bank in the hands of W.H.W. Newenham and Michl. Roberts be applied to contract for building the Transept agreeable to the plan furnished by Mr. Hill’