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Installation Service in Clogher Cathedral

The Church of Ireland cathedral of St Macartan’s, Clogher was full to capacity for a service of installation on the evening of the fifth Sunday of Easter, Sunday 22nd May 2011. The service, which commenced at 7.00pm, included the installations of the Revd Canon Stanley Bourke, rector of Inishmacsaint as chancellor, the Revd Canon Ian Berry, rector of Monaghan, Tydavnet and Kilmore as prebendary of Donacavey, the Revd Canon David Skuce, rector of Maguiresbridge and Derrybrusk as prebendary of Kilskeery, and the Revd Canon Helene Steed, rector of Clones, Killeevan, Newbliss and Currin as prebendary of Devenish. Canon Steed made history by being the first female to be installed to the cathedral chapter. The mandates were read by the Revd Canon John Stewart, diocesan registrar, and the installations were carried out by the Very Revd Kenneth Hall, dean of Clogher and rector of Enniskillen Cathedral.

Following the installations, the dean welcomed the Revd Canon Glenn West, who was installed prebendary of Donaghmore in the National Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Patrick, Dublin, on Sunday 1st May 2011. The dean invited Canon West to sit with the chapter in the Laus Deo stall.

The organist was Mr Glenn Moore, and the singing was led by members from a number of choirs throughout the diocese, including Augher Parish, Clogher Cathedral, Donagh Parish, Enniskillen Cathedral, Newtownsaville Parish, Rossorry Parish, and Tyholland with Errigal Truagh Union.

The processional hymn was Praise, my soul, the King of heaven. The beatitudes were read by members of the cathedral chapter, and the penitential kyries were sung by the Revd Canon Noel Regan, rector of the Clogher Cathedral Group and precentor.

Everyone joined in singing a hymn version of Gloria in Excelsis, and the collect of the fifth Sunday in Easter was sung by the precentor. The Old Testament reading from Genesis chapter 22 was read by the Revd Alistair Warke, diocesan curate in the Clogher Cathedral Group of Parishes and in Enniskillen Cathedral. A chant version of Psalm 50 was sung by all, and the Epistle, from 1st Samuel chapter 28 was read by the Revd Canon Glenn West. The gradual hymn was Be still, for the presence of the Lord, and the Gospel reading from St Luke chapter 17 was read by the Venerable Cecil Pringle, archdeacon of Clogher.

The sermon was preached by the Very Revd Dr. William W. Morton, dean of Derry. The prayers were introduced by the dean, and led by parishioners, including Miss Jane Ferguson of Inishmacsaint Parish, Mrs Muriel Treacy of the Monaghan, Tydavnet and Kilmore Group of Parishes, Mrs Tory Graham of Maguiresbridge and Derrybrusk Group of Parishes, Miss Sylvia Smyth of the Clones, Killeevan, Newbliss and Currin Group of Parishes, and Mrs Linda Noble of Derryvullen North and Castle Archdale Group of Parishes.

The offertory hymn was Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour, and the dean celebrated the Holy Communion, during which everyone joined in singing Holy, holy, holy Lord. The hymn Nearer, my God, to thee, followed the Communion, and the final hymn was Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son. Everyone was invited for refreshments after the service in the Royal British Legion Hall.