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No form of prayer is "wrong", but sometimes we need encouragement and inspiration. The formal prayers offered daily in the Cathedral serve to encourage the worshipper by offering a way of praying together with other people. If you would like to join us in our prayer please visit the worship section of the website.
Charles Wolfe, author, poet and priest died on 21 February 1823. He is commemorated in a marble and bas relief monument in the south transept.
If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. (1 Thess. 4: 14, AV)
2 February is the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, sometimes called The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or Candlemas. The Presentation is depicted in a panel in the centre light of the south transept window.
Suddenly the Lord whom you seek will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight is here, here already, says the Lord of Hosts.
17 March is Saint Patrick’s day. The first installation ceremony of the Knights of Saint Patrick took place on this day in 1783. A window in the north transept depicts King Cormac of Cashel, ‘bishop, warrior and scribe’. He wears a helmet and chain mail armour.
‘Put on the full armour provided by God, so that you may be able to stand firm…’
(Ephesians 6: 11)
On 13 April 1742 the members of the Cathedral choir took part in the first performance of the oratorio Messiah, by George Frederick Handel.
‘I know that my Redeemer liveth’ (Job 19: 25; and words of a Soprano air in Messiah.)
9May is the Ascension Day. The Joynt memorial window in the north aisle depicts an angel pointing heavenwards. The inscription reads He is not dead, He is risen!
Hail the day that sees him rise, Halleluia! (from a hymn by Charles Wesley)
The Pakenham window in the Lady Chapel depicts Melchizedek holding bread and a chalice.
Then the king of Salem, Melchizedek, brought food and wine. He was priest of God Most High.
(Genesis 14: 18)
On 6 July 1690 King William III attended a Thanksgiving Service in the Cathedral. The chair that he used on this occasion is displayed in the Lady Chapel.
One of the Plunket windows in the South Quire Aisle depicts Dorcas tending the poor. The inscription reads: Dorcas this woman was full of good works and alms deeds.
Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter ino the kingdom of heaven;
but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven. (Matt 7:21)
At harvest time the Cathedral is especially richly decorated by the Flower Guild whose craft combines two of God’s gifts: the work of nature and human skill.
He bringeth food out of the earth and wine that maketh glad the heart of man: and oil to make him a cheerful countenance and bread to strengthen man’s heart. (Psalm 104: 15)
Archbishop Narcissus Marsh died on 2 November 1713. His monument, by the sculptor Grinling Gibbons, is in the south east corner of the south transept. Marsh was a distinguished scholar in mathematics, natural science, linguistics and history. The library he founded in 1701 still flourishes as an internationally renowned centre of learning.
How sweet are thy words unto my throat: yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth.
(Psalm 119, verse 103)
25 December is Christmas Day. The carved head on the east side of the main entrance door to the Cathedral represents Dean Pakenham, who restored the Lady Chapel in 1850, and was Dean at the time of the Guinness restoration of the Cathedral. He died on Christmas Day in 1863.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in: from this time forth for evermore.
(Psalm 121, verse 8)