400 Minutes of Prayer as Christ Church Cathedral begins anniversary celebrations

Thursday January 5th 2023

Lisburn Cathedral marks 400 years of worship on its city centre site this year. Photo courtesy of Des Cairns Architects.

On Saturday January 7, Christ Church Cathedral, Lisburn, begins a year of celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of worship on the Cathedral site.

The Cathedral will be set out with prayer stations for individual and group prayer with separate areas for adults, young people and kids for the first anniversary event – 400 Minutes of Prayer. This begins at 9am, and continues for 400 minutes, ending at 3.40pm. People can call in for however long they would like for both silent and led prayer.

On Sunday January 15 at 3.30pm, the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev George Davison, and the Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Scott Carson, will join Dean Sam Wright and the Cathedral community for a special service launching the 400th anniversary.

Following the service, the Cathedral’s Nimble Fingers group will be unveiling a 3d knitted model of the Cathedral, graveyard and some of the key historic buildings in Bridge Street, Castle Street and Market Square.

In the next few weeks – date to be confirmed – Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council will launch an exhibition in the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, charting the history of the Cathedral site and how it was integral to the development of Lisburn over the centuries. The event will include a lecture/talk by an expert. Details of this and further anniversary events will follow.

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