Bishop Alan spends Holy Week in Ballymena

By karen

Bishop Alan up in tower of St Patrick's congratulating Sam Letters (Tower Captain) on receiving a Ballymena Borough Council Recognition Award for his dedication to bellringing. The Rev Canon Stuart Lloyd (rector) and other bellringers look on.

Bishop Alan up in tower of St Patrick’s congratulating Sam Letters (Tower Captain) on receiving a Ballymena Borough Council Recognition Award for his dedication to bellringing. The Rev Canon Stuart Lloyd (rector) and other bellringers look on.

The Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, is this year spending Holy Week in the parish of Ballymena (Kilconriola) and Ballyclug.

Bishop Alan is attending all the Holy Week evening services at 8pm. The services are in a variety of styles – Monday evening was choral evensong, Tuesday evening was a Living Faith Service, Wednesday evening is a Service of the Word and Maundy Thursday is the washing of the feet.

On Friday morning there will be a family service at 10.30am followed by a Walk of Witness around the town carrying a cross.

On Good Friday night St Patrick’s is holding an atmospheric Tenebrae (Latin for ‘shadows’ or ‘darkness’) Service.

Today, Wednesday April 1, the bishop is spending all day in the parish – visiting some of the older parishioners (who receive Holy Communion in their homes). He attended the Holy Communion Service at 10.30am which was followed by refreshments.

Bishop Alan with Sam and Patricia Letters who were married 60 years …read more

Read the full article here: http://connor.anglican.org/2015/04/01/bishop-alan-spends-holy-week-in-ballymena/


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