Personally I would like to see an emphasis specifically on Advent material during the week before Christmas and it would be nice to see an Irish input in the carol selection next year to balance the Germanic chorale strand , maybe one from excellent liturgical Irish composers, Colin Mawby or Ronan McDonagh would be nice for a change . Mind you, having been at four services/ concerts this week where Christmas material has featured , I probably am more ready for alternatives than most and it is specially a time for old favourites.
It was good to see a squad of organists in the loft ready for duty including brothers Leon and Dylan Walsh, Nigel Bridge and Megan Byrt. There was a pleasant buzz in the Cathedral as peopled lingered to meet and greet following the event , no one seeming in any particular hurry out into the cold night air.
Given the proximity of several sacred spaces in Ennis of both traditions, it would be good to see the ecumenical spirit ongoing at a regular monthly Sunday evening liturgy when the festive season is over.
|Michael Hennessy Director Cathedral Choir|
|Wind and Brass|
|Choirs of Abbey Cluster get into position|
Order of service
|Ennis Brass Band|
Reading from Isiah 7:10-14
O Come Emmanuel
When A Child is Born Ennis Brass Band
Silent Night as Gaeilge
Candlelight Carol Rutter
Reading Micah 5, 2-5
Reading Luke 2:1-7
Away in a Manger
the First Noel
O Holy Night Adam
Walking in the Air Blake Ennis Brass Band
Hark the Herald