Christ Church Events: 1 - 30 December 2008

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Monday 1 December 2008
  19.00 - Spiorad: Celtic meditative service
Friday 5 December 2008
  19.30 - 3 Rock Essential
Saturday 6 December 2008
  20.00 - Concert: Amnesty Concert
Sunday 7 December 2008
  12.30 - Bell Ringing: Quarter peal
Monday 8 December 2008
  20.00 - St Lucia Concert & Celebration
Tuesday 9 December 2008
  13.15 - Peata annual carol service
Wednesday 10 December 2008
  20.00 - Concert: Cathedral Christmas Concert
Thursday 11 December 2008
  13.15 - Lunchtime Concert
Saturday 13 December 2008
  14.00 - Bell Ringing: Eastern District Practice
Tuesday 16 December 2008
  13.15 - Charity Carol Service
Wednesday 17 December 2008
  16.00 - Choral Evensong (BBC Radio 3)
Sunday 21 December 2008
  15.30 - Service of Lessons & Carols
Monday 22 December 2008
  20.00 - Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
Wednesday 24 December 2008
  23.00 - First Eucharist of the Nativity
Thursday 25 December 2008
  11.00 - Festal Eucharist
Tuesday 30 December 2008
  19.30 - Concert: Handel's Messiah


Monday 1 December 2008 - Spiorad service (19.00)
Spiorad, a service of reflective prayer and meditation
will explore the Advent themes of Faith, Hope, Charity
and Love. The service takes place in the Lady chapel.
Entry via the Chapter House door. All welcome. Please
note that there will be no Spiorad service in January 2009.
For details of the Spiorad services see:

Friday 5 December 2008 - 3 Rock Essential (19.30)
Essential at Christ Church Cathedral is here again
for its 5th year running. This Christmas service,
with a twist, will feature messenger Mark Ritchie,
DJ Roly Miller, guest bands and DJs. This event
is for secondary-student and older. Click below
to book your FREE tickets:

Saturday 6 December 2008 - Amnesty Concert (20.00)
Amnesty will hold their 19th annual Carols for Freedom
concert in Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday
6 December 2008 as part of its annual celebrations in
the lead up to International Human Rights Day. A
pre-concert fair trade wine reception will also be held
in the crypt of the cathedral from 7.00pm, while the
concert will start at 8.00pm. The concert's first half
will include the cathedral choir, Emer Kenny, Eoin Tierney,
RTÉ Cór na nÓg, while the special guest for the second
half will be Mary Black. Generously supported by
RTÉ lyric fm and Waltons. Tickets are €25 available from: All proceeds to Amnesty International.
Fuller details are available online at:

Sunday 7 December 2008 - Quarter Peal (12.30)
The bell ringers will attempt to ring a quarter peal at 12.30.
Ringing should last about 45 minutes. For details of former
peals and quarter peals, see online at:

Monday 8 December 2008 - St Lucia Celebration (20.00)
Sankta Lucia is one of the most traditional Swedish festivals
and symbolically opens the door to Christmas. The Adolf Fredrik
Youth Choir from central Stockholm, will perform a traditional
Lucia Celebration, and is one of the best youth choirs in Sweden.
Tickets cost €10 and can be purchased at the SWEA Bazaar
Christmas Bazaar on Sunday 30 November; the Swedish
embassy, and at the door at the cathedral from 7.00pm.
Full details are available on the cathedral website at:

Tuesday 9 December 2008 - Peata Carol Service (13.15)
The now annual lunchtime carol service in aid of the
charity, Peata, will take place in the cathedral on
Tuesday 9 December. The charity was established in
1996 to provide a pet therapy service to caring institutions,
to promote an awareness of the benefits people derive from
pets, and to further the understanding of the relationship
between people and pets. Further details online at: For details of services
and concerts for Advent and Christmas see online at:

Wednesday 10 December 2008 - Cathedral Christmas Concert (20.00)
The cathedral's Christmas concert featuring the cathedral choirs
will take place on Wednesday 10 December 2008 at 8.00pm.
It promises to be a concert of festive fun for all the family.
Come and join in! Tickets are Euro 18, with concessions
Euro 14 and are available in advance from the Music Office
at +353 (0)1 677 8099 ext 204 or via email at music at
Tickets are selling fast, so please do not count on them being
available on the night at the door. For details see online at:

Thursdady 11 December 2008 - Lunchtime Concert (13.15)
Members of the cathedral girls' choir studying singing with
Katy Kelly (a soprano studying at the Conservatoire of Music
and Drama, Dublin) will give a lunchtime recital at 13.15.
Entrance is included with the price of admission to the cathedral.

Tuesday 16 December 2008 - Charity Carol Service (13.15)
Sung by the cathedral girls' choir with the lay vicars choral,
the annual lunchtime carol service will this year be held in
aid of Camphill Commmunities of Ireland. For details see: For details of services and concerts
for Advent and Christmas see online at:

Wednesday 17 December 2008 - Choral Evensong (16.00)
Sung by the cathedral choir, choral evensong will be
broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 4.00pm. Music to include
introit: Boles 'Adam lay ybounden', Walsh 'Preces and
responses', canticles: Howells 'The Gloucester Service'
and anthem, Maw 'Evening hymn'. The final anthem is
by Alan Smith 'There is no Rose' and concluding organ
voluntary by Duruflé. For details of BBC Radio 3 evensongs:

Sunday 21 December 2008 - Service of Lessons & Carols (15.30)
A service of lessons and carols will be held in the cathedral
instead of evensong, and will include music by Bax, Chilcott,
Nelson, Palestrina, Parshall, Tavener and Walker. No tickets
are required for this service. For details of services and concerts
for Advent and Christmas see online at:

Monday 22 December 2008 - Service of Nine Lessons & Carols (20.00)
The traditional annual service of nine lessons and carols will be
held at 8.00pm in the cathedral. Music to include works by
Bax, Chilcott, Jackson, Handel, Nelson, Parshall, Tavener,
Walker and Warlock. Entry to this service is by free ticket only.
For tickets please send a stamped addressed envelope listing
how many tickets you require to Sarah Drumm, Christ Church
Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8. Tickets are limited to
4 per person. For more information please contact Sarah on
01-6778099 or email assist at For details of services
and concerts for Advent and Christmas see online at:

Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24 December 2008 - First Eucharist (23.00)
Preacher: The Dean, the Very Revd Dermot Dunne. Sung by the
combined cathedral choirs. The first eucharist of the Nativity will
be held at 23.00 on Christmas Eve, 24 December, and the
eucharist setting will be Briggs 'Truro Eucharist'.

Christmas Day, Thursday 25 December 2008 - Festal Eucharist (11.00)
Preacher: The Archbishop, the Most Revd John Neill. Sung by the
cathedral choir, the eucharist setting will be Palestrina 'Missa Hodie
Christus natus est', with communion motet: Byrd 'Lulla, lullaby'.

Tuesday 30 December 2008 - Handel's Messiah Concert (19.30)
The International Handel Festival Chorus will perform exerpts from
Handel's Messiah on Tuesday 30 December 2008 at 19.30. Directed
by Dr Tim Sharp, the chorus comprises American youth choristers
touring Dublin and England to commemorate the 250th anniversary
of the death of of G.F. Handel by honoring him with performances
of Messiah in Dublin and Oxford. Dr Sharp is a Clare Hall Life Fellow
of Cambridge University. Full details are available online at:

Congratulations to the Revd Peter Campion on his
election by the chapter to the position of precentor,
and to the Revd Gillian Wharton on her appointment
as chapter clerk in succession to Canon Mark Gardner.
We welcome the Revd Neal Phair and the Revd Roy
Byrne as new honorary clerical vicars.

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