DAscension Day Service in Portora Royal School Chapel
Ascension Day Service in Portora Royal School Chapel

In the diocese of Clogher there is a long-standing tradition of holding a Service of Confirmation for adults in the Chapel of Portora Royal School on Ascension Day. It is both a neutral space and an ‘upper room’ for those seeking to be confirmed. This year members of Dromore, Errigal Portclare and Magheracross Parishes were confirmed, accompanied by members of their families, friends and their clergy. In his sermon the Bishop of Clogher, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Jackson, drew the attention of those present to the convention in the early church that throughout the Season of Easter Christians stood to pray. He continued: ‘So, I suggest that at least for this service on this evening we follow the example of the earliest Christians and stand when we pray. It is an expression not of our pride but of our confidence in belonging to God when we stand before God. It is also an expression of our readiness to do at any point or time what God might ask us to do. The Master has called us friends and not slaves but he still wants to work with us.’ The bishop also said: ‘This Ascension is not primarily about the disciples’ loss but it is about the eruption of the kingdom of God. Ten years after the peace, we in Northern Ireland need to grasp this perspective if we are ever going to make a contribution for good as Christian people of confidence.’
The service was facilitated by the School Chaplain, the Reverend Glenn West and Mrs Angel Nawn was organist. All present subsequently enjoyed refreshments in the Dining Hall.