Centenary of the Irish Division: October 21, Reconciliation Celebration

Centenary of the Irish Division: October 21, Reconciliation Celebration

The Church Leaders Group is organizing this celebration as part of a broader program of collective commitment around this century, emphasizing their general Christian commitment to peace, healing, and reconciliation. Armagh was chosen as the Church Capital of Ireland, a site of its origins in the 5th century, when the Church of Ireland Cathedral was granted the present site to build St. Patrick’s Great Stone Church.

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The celebration of Thursday, October 21, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armage, Ireland, as a symbol of reflection and hope in connection with the 100th anniversary of the partition of Ireland and the formation of Northern Ireland, has a Christian foundation for peace, healing and reconciliation. This is what the bishops announced on the website of the Irish Episcopal Conference.

The Church Leaders Group is organizing this celebration as part of a broader program of collective commitment around this century, emphasizing their general Christian commitment to peace, healing, and reconciliation.

Church capital of Armag, Ireland

Armagh was chosen as the Church Capital of Ireland, a site of its origins in the 5th century, when the present site of the Church of Ireland Cathedral was given to St. Patrick to build the “Great Stone Church”. .

In a joint statement issued on St. Patrick’s Day, church leaders stressed the need to “create spaces to meet those who are different from us, and those who seem to be marginalized in the narratives that shape the identity of our community.” It is “to confront the difficult truths about the failures of our leadership in the work of peace and reconciliation.”

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Pray for healing from past wounds

This celebration will include people from different backgrounds and traditions across the community, with different beliefs and aspirations, who will pray for healing from past wounds and seek God’s guidance in the spirit of hope for the future.

Current risks associated with the Kovid-19 pandemic will limit the space for face-to-face participation, but the celebration will be broadcast in the media and invite local church communities to support the initiative in prayer.

Build relationships of mutual respect and trust

At the heart of the joint efforts of church leaders this year in prayer, dialogue, and teamwork with the wider community was the focus on relationships:

“We find inspiration and encouragement in the progress we have made through our peace process in building relationships of mutual respect and trust – and they continue to – these relationships are often tested and sometimes proven to be lacking, but our communities have shown great resistance, solidarity and compassion in their response to Covid-19.”

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