St. Macartin's Cathedral

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The Dean Writes:

Dear Parishioners and Friends around the world,

We have just experienced a magnificent weekend in our Cathedral to mark 200 years since the birth of Mrs Cecil Frances
Alexander with an exhibition which was transferred from St Columb’s Cathedral, Diocese of Derry. It brought to life many of
the wonderful hymns which she wrote - ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ and ‘Jesus Call us! O’er the
Tumult.’ In particular ‘There is a Green Hill Far Away’ was a lovely focus for us as we approached the season of Lent, and the true meaning of Easter was realised in her hymn:

                                                        The golden gates are lifted up,
                                                        The doors are opened wide;
                                                        The King of Glory is gone in
                                                        Unto his Father's side.

As we celebrate Easter, what a difference can the Resurrection make to our lives?

Our past is forgiven: Have you ever been half-way through a project and wanted to start again? In life, we all have regrets about things we have done, said or thought. The good news is that Jesus died to forgive these things: ‘All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant cancelled and nailed to Christ’s cross.’ (Colossians 2:14, The Message). No matter where we are in life, what we have done or are doing at present we can start again - with faith in Jesus we can ask for forgiveness and for a fresh start knowing that if we do, He will forgive us!

                                                      Thou art gone up before us, Lord,
                                                              To make for us a place,
                                                     That we may be where now thou art,
                                                             And look upon God's face.

Our present is under control: How often do we say ‘My life is out of control.’ We can’t control life, but God can! The ‘incomparably great power at work for those who believe’ is the same power that raised Christ from the dead (Ephesians 1:20). God promises us the power that we need to face any situation, as we trust Him: ‘I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.’ (Philippians 4:13).

                                                      And ever on our earthly path
                                                         A gleam of glory lies,
                                                   A light still breaks behind the cloud
                                                        That veiled thee from our eyes.

Our future is secure: Death is the great certainty, ‘one out of one dies!’. Yet Jesus overcame death by the resurrection, that we might experience the life of heaven, both now and for eternity. ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in Me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.’ (John 11:25,26). We don’t need to fear death; but if we are to really live, we have to be ready to die!

                                                         Lift up our hearts, lift up our minds:
                                                            Let thy dear grace be giv'n,
                                                       That, while we wander here below,
                                                             Our treasure be in heav'n;

                                                       That where thou art, at God's right hand,
                                                              Our hope, our love, may be:
                                                         Dwell thou in us, that we may dwell 
                                                                For evermore in thee.
(Hymn 284 in the Church of Ireland hymnbook)

Please make every effort to attend the Holy Week and Easter Day Services, if freely available, wherever in the world you are so that you may experience the peace and joy of the Risen Lord in your lives.

Happy Easter!

Yours very sincerely,

Kenneth R J Hall
Last updated 6th April 2019
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Scroll down on this page for schedule of Lenten and Easter Services.

If you like Christian rock music, you may well enjoy listening to Spirit Radio, broadcasting from the Irish Republic. The station is rapidly expanding its network of FM transmitters to reach larger cities in the State but there is also Medium Wave coverage on 549 metres (545KHz), accessible in most of the Republic and in all of Northern Ireland. Its website is at  and you can listen on-line at (or click on the icon beside this text).
Admittedly, its greatest music appeal would be to people in the age range 15-35, but there are also inspirational messages, information features and news bulletins with at times a distinctly Christian slant. It is entirely non-denominational.

                                                   Lenten and Holy Week Services - Everyone welcome!

Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is always forty-six days before Easter Sunday. Lent is a forty day season (not counting Sundays) marked by repentance, fasting, reflection, and ultimately celebration. The forty-day period represents Christ’s time of temptation in the wilderness, where he fasted and where Satan tempted him. Lent asks believers to set aside a time each year for similar fasting, marking an intentional season of focus on Christ’s life, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection.

                                                                  Wednesday 3rd April 7.30pm - Compline
                                                                  Thursday 4th April 11.00am - Holy Communion
                                                                  Wednesday 10th April 7.30pm - Compline
                                                                  Thursday 11th April 11.00am - Holy Communion

Palm Sunday 14th April: Meet at the Cathedral Hall at 10.30am to follow the Palm Sunday Procession to the Cathedral - Come and follow the donkey. (Palm Branches provided).

Holy Week
                                                                              Theme - In the shadow of the cross.

                                                                Monday 15th April at 7.30pm :  ‘The Pharisees and the Priests’

                                                               Tuesday 16th April at 7.30pm:    ‘The anonymous young man who flees’

                                                               Wednesday 17th April at 7.30pm:   ‘The faithful followers’

                                                               Maundy Thursday at 11.00am & 7.30pm

After the 7.30pm service there will be ‘The Ceremonial Stripping’ in preparation for the ‘bareness’ of Good Friday. The clergy and readers will leave in silence and darkness and will not be greeting people. The congregation are asked to leave in silence as well.

                                                               Good Friday at 7.30pm
The congregation are asked to enter in silence and keep the silence amid the darkened atmosphere until after the opening hymn and opening prayers, and again to leave in silence. No greeting afterwards on this night either!

                                 Easter Day 21st April at 9.00am, 11.00am and 7.00pm
                                             Celebrations of the ‘Joyful Resurrection’!

Highlights of the recent choir concert are now on line - click on "videos" and scroll down.