A service to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation
will be held in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh, on Sunday 8th October 2017 at 3.15 p.m.
Entitled ‘Reconciling the Reformation’,
it will be an occasion both to affirm its importance
in the life of the Church and to reflect on its implications for
the present and the future.
Luther’s inauguration of the European Reformation in 1517 was one of the defining moments of Christian history. This year’s anniversary has therefore been the subject of conferences, seminars and acts of worship across the world, often drawing together people from different ‘sides’ of the original Reformation debates. In this spirit, the preacher at ‘Reconciling the Reformation’ will be Archbishop Eamon Martin.
Looking forward to the service, the Dean of Armagh, the Very Revd Gregory Dunstan, said, “In recent years, with their joint Christmas messages, pilgrimage to the battlefields of Flanders, and wreath-laying at the war memorial in Armagh, Archbishop Martin and Archbishop Clarke have shown us how much of our history we can remember together, and how many of today’s concerns we share. It is a great pleasure to invite Archbishop Eamon to share in this celebration, and to help the churches in Armagh to look to the future together.”
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