An Interdenominational Service in the Irish language will be held in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, on Friday, 24 January 2014 at 8pm, organised by Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise and Pobal an Aifrinn. This service, a tradition for over 40 years, will celebrate Church Unity Week, with hymns, prayers and readings. Hymns will be sung by the choir of Gaelscoil na Cille, Co. Meath. A consort of Christ Church Cathedral choir will sing canticles and an anthem. Clergy from various churches will be present, and Fr Mícheál Mac Gréil will preach this year. Representative of the Lord Mayor will be present also.
Refreshments will be available in the medieval cathedral crypt after the service. Dáithí Ó Maolchoille, Chairman of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise said: “Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise (The Irish Guild of the Church) is celebrating its centenary this year. It is a cause of much pleasure to note that progress and growth can be reported from the activities of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise throughout the country. We are proud that this Interdenominational Service is the first commemorative service of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise in 2014. This Service, for which there is considerable support, was started in 1971 during the Troubles. This year the theme is Has Christ been divided?
Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise: The Irish Guild of the Church was founded in 1914 to:
(1) promote all that tends to preserve within the Church of Ireland the spirit of the ancient Celtic Church and to provide a bond of union for all members of the Church of Ireland inspired with Irish ideals
(2) promote the use of the Irish language in the Church
(3) collect from Irish sources suitable hymns and other devotional literature
(4) encourage the use of Irish art and music in the Church.
Or contact Caroline Nolan, Irish Language Development Officer. Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise
Tel: 00+353 85 1632772 nó Tel: 00+44 7885 633651