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We welcomed an old friend of Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Dom Henry O’Shea from Glenstal Abbey as our special preacher at the Solemn Eucharist, during Fr. McKay’s incumbency, he was a regular visitor, so much so that some had come to regard him as an honorary Curate. In his homily he looked at the various gospel texts for the season of Lent, and used the term “follow upper” used regularly in Dublin in the days before Video and DVD to illustrate his point, the follow up to the season of Lent being the events of Holy Week and Easter.

In the afternoon, the Girls and Gentlemen of the Choir travelled to Christ Church Cathedral to sing Choral Evensong. We were welcomed very warmly by the Precentor, Revd Adrian Empey, and the Girls excelled in the beautiful acoustic of the Cathedral. The music included the Evening Service setting in F by Harold Darke, and the Motet “Call to Remembrance” by Richard Farrant. Whilst we were singing Evensong, the Cathedral Choir were recording a CD of the music of Herbert Howells in Saint Bartholomew’s Church for release later this year.