We have launched a gallery of church related photographs hosted on the Google Photos Website, starting with an album relating to events in 2016. Other albums will follow. To access it on PC, Apple computer, smart phone or tablet, click HERE. When the album loads, click on any one photo and it will enlarge and display singly. You will see buttons at the top right which give you controls such as zoom and run a slideshow. A button with an "i" on it will display information about the photograph where appropriate. Your feedback - and new photographs - would be appreciated!
Welcome to our website! Whether you are a regular member, occasional visitor or just simply curious, we hope you will find information here that will be interesting and relevant. Perhaps you are planning a trip to Northern Ireland. We would strongly advise making beautiful County Fermanagh part of your itinerary. During the summer our four-century-old church is open to visitors every day and it would be even nicer if you could attend one of our services. We'd love to meet you!
The Dean Writes:
Dear Parishioners and Friends around the world,
Over this past year many parishioners, and many from both town and country have spoken to me about time – the time on
the Cathedral clock standing still at ten to two! Thankfully some very generous donations allowed a very expensive repair
and time is on the move again! Until quite recently, accurate clocks were either non-existent or very expensive. In fact, standard time was not invented until the nineteenth century, so even when clocks became common, people set their clocks by the sun, which meant that they could differ considerably. The time of day was very approximate - for example, in the New Testament, everything happened at either the third, sixth, or ninth hour. People told time by the position of the sun, which is part guesswork, and on overcast days they had to go by feel. So you can see that until very recently, it was impossible to fix Sunday morning worship at, say, 11.00 and expect everyone to show up on time. In the beginning, Christian worship was at sunrise. Sunrise and sunset are the only two times of day about which everyone could be unanimous without accurate timepieces. But after Christianity became legal, pious Christians wanted to worship at different times of the day and on all days of the week, so it became necessary to develop some means of announcing the time of worship to the public. Church buildings acquired bell towers and clocks for this purpose, and they evolved into today's steeples. Now that we have accurate and inexpensive watches, we do not need church bells to tell us when to set out for church. So steeples and clocks in church towers have become decorative - though it is nice to see the hands of our Cathedral clock on the move again!
Time is indeed on the move and quite rapidly it seems to be travelling as 2017 arrives in Lent! Traditionally Lent has been understood to be a time for repentance, prayer and fasting. Many Christian believers associate Lent with discipline and giving up their favourite foods or drinks as the case may be! Is this really what Lent was supposed to be like? Scripture tells us that the Christian is invited to follow Jesus’ example of withdrawal into the "wilderness" for forty days during Lent. Just as Jesus fasted in the wilderness, so we are encouraged to fast during this season. According to ancient documents we know that "Lent" originated in the early second-century of the Christian community. It was then primarily a preparation time for Easter - a time for repentance, recommitment, and a time for instructing and preparing new believers in the faith to prepare them for baptism. However, how can we get excited about Lent if the association is tied to such old ideals? Is there another way to understand and (dare I say it?) to celebrate the season of Lent? I think so. With a little creativity and imagination, the season of Lent can be celebrated with our natural and spiritual senses in a way that prepares us for the grand celebration of Easter Sunday. Lent offers us many opportunities to examine our lives and gain deeper under-standings of Christ, of our own faith, and of relationships with Him and with our neighbours.
The season of Lent is also about finding true and lasting joy. A joy that can be present even in situations of suffering losses. The disciplines of Lent do sound rigorous, but sometimes we need to abstain from the shallow entertainment in life to be able to get to the true happiness. That true happiness can be found in the exciting (even adventurous) purpose God has for our lives, in the loving and caring relationship between God and us and between us and all those he also created in His image (see page 5 of the church magazine - downloadable if you don't have a paper version.).
So, this season, I would encourage you to attend church during Lent wherever you are in the world. Here in Enniskillen there are three services to choose from on Sundays - 9am, 11am and 7pm. And on Wednesday evenings there is a service at 7.30pm and on Thursday mornings one at 11am. You may well find answers you never have expected to get, to find joy in all - even hard situations, and possibilities for your life you never thought possible!
In this season of Lent 2017, let us celebrate our awesome God, our Church Family, and our faith in Christ.