St Mary Magdalene celebrates 175 years

By karen

St Mary Magdalene Parish Church in Donegall Pass.

St Mary Magdalene Parish Church in Donegall Pass.

St Mary Magdalene Parish in Donegall Pass has organised a range of events to celebrate its 175th anniversary.

Events will culminate in an anniversary service with guest preacher Bishop Ken Clarke on Monday December 1 – 175 years to the day since the parish opened.

Celebration events include a Big Breakfast, an open day, a parish dinner marking the start of three days of mission with Bishop Clark, a youth talent show and a family service, again with Bishop Ken.

St Mary Magdalene was part of the former parish of Belfast, in past times called Shankill. It was designed to provide an asylum for ‘penitent females,’ with a chapel attached and was named the Ulster Magdalene Asylum and Episcopal Chapel. It was opened on December 1, 1839.

Windows inside St Mary Magalene Church which marks its 175th anniversary on December 1.

Built in basilica form with galleries and approached by steps, it had three apartments beneath as schoolrooms for boys, girls and infants. A fire broke out in December 1898 and the church had to be rebuilt using Scrabo stone. This new building was dedicated on October 20, 1900.

The church’s brass eagle lectern is regarded as …read more

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