Bible Reading Marathon
‘A memorable experience’, ‘very uplifting’, ‘a
privilege to take part in this special event’ are just some of the
many comments recorded in the visitors book during the Bible Reading Marathon
that took place in Rossorry Parish Church during Holy Week to mark the 400th
Anniversary of the King James Bible.
The project, to read the King James Bible continuously day and night from
beginning to end, commenced at 8.00pm on Palm Sunday evening with the Archbishop
of Dublin, The Most Rev Dr Michael Jackson, reading the first 7 chapters
of Genesis and finished at exactly 8.00pm on the following Maundy Thursday
evening with the Rector, The Revd Arthur Barrett, completing the final chapters
of the Book of Revelation; to rapturous applause from the assembled congregation.
Over 250 people took part in the reading marathon which included Rossorry
Parishioners, parishioners from the local Presbyterian, Methodist and Roman
Catholic churches and elected representatives and community leaders. A strong
group of stewards were always on hand during the marathon to provide assistance,
support and much appreciated refreshments. Over 300 people signed the Visitors
Book, with many remarking on how much they enjoyed the peace and tranquillity
of the church whilst they listened to the readings.
It was the consensus of all who participated in the event that it was a
deeply moving and unique experience and one which engendered a strong feeling
of satisfaction at having completed such a remarkable and challenging project.