07 August 2011

The Cathedral Eucharist on the Seventh Sunday after Trinity

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Patrick Comerford

Today [Sunday 7 August 2011] is the Seventh Sunday after Trinity, and this morning I am presiding at the Choral Eucharist in Christ Church Cathedral at 11 a.m., and the preacher is the Canon-Treasurer, the Revd Canon John McCullagh, Rector of Rathdrum, Co Wicklow.

The Eucharistic setting is John Ireland’s Office of the Holy Communion in C and is being sung by the Christ Church Chorale.

Despite his name, John Ireland (1879-1962) was from Manchester, born into a family of Scottish descent. He studied composition at the Royal College of Music under the Irish composer, Charles Villiers Stanford,

The Communion Anthem is Sir Edward Elgar’s setting of Ave Verum Corpus, written in 1887, while Elgar was the organist at Saint George's Church, Worcester.

The readings this morning are: I Kings 19: 9-18; Psalm 85: 8-13; Romans 10: 5-15; and Matthew 14: 22-33.


Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things:
Graft in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and of your great mercy keep us in the same;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Post Communion Prayer:

Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life,
ever giving himself that the world may live:
May we so receive within ourselves
the power of his death and passion
that, in his saving cup,
we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love;
for he is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen.

Canon Patrick Comerford is Director of Spiritual Formation, the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, and a canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

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