All Parts of Community Join Together for Marathon Reading of Bible
There will be a unique coming together of generations and all parts of the
community for a marathon 92-hour public reading of the Bible in Rossorry
Parish Church, in Enniskillen. Starting on the evening of Palm Sunday it
is part of the celebrations to mark 400 years since the first publication
of the King James Bible.
Over 180 volunteers of all ages and parts of the community will take part.
Readers include young and old, school children, a party leader, a government
minister, politicians, district councillors and clergy from all parts of
the community as well as celebrated broadcaster Fr Brian D'Arcy.
All members of the community are warmly welcome to drop-in to what will
be one of the most unusual ways of marking the 400th anniversary. Rossorry
Parish is one of the largest parishes in the Church of Ireland diocese of
Clogher, with an enthusiastic congregation.
Rev Arthur Barrett is Rector of Rossorry Parish. Looking forward to the
event he said “We wanted to mark this wonderful anniversary in a unique
way. What better way than to bring people from across the generations and
from all parts of the community to publicly read the Word of God”.
He continued, “It reminds us that the Word of God is timeless and as
relevant for all of us today as 400 years ago”.
Young people are making an important contribution to the nonstop reading
of the Bible over the four days of this marathon. The parish Confirmation
Class in particular will be providing readers, and, along with other young
people, will be fulfilling many of the other volunteering roles that will
make this event possible.
Rossorry Parish has always been an important part of the local community
around Enniskillen. The involvement of the wider community fits very easily
into its ethos. The parish continues to plan ways of engaging more and serving
the needs of the surrounding community and the Bible Reading marathon is
symbolic of this.
Clogher diocese has just said farewell to its Bishop, Bishop Michael Jackson,
who has just taken up a new role as Archbishop of Dublin. As a mark of his
own commitment to this event Archbishop Jackson will be returning to the
diocese for "The Word Revealed", a special commemorative service.
It will be held in Rossorry church at 7pm on Palm Sunday, April 17th. He
will then commence the public reading at 8pm. It is intended to finish the
Bible Reading Marathon with a service of Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday
The Bishop of Clogher, the Right Rev. Dr. Michael Jackson and Rev
Arthur Barrett (Rector Of Rossorry) with local people preparing for the Bible
Marathon at Rossorry Parish Church, Enniskillen from Sunday, April 17 to
Thursday, April 21.
For further information please contact Rev Arthur Barrett Tel: 07597 999898