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Press Releases / Christ Church Cathedral Marks 80th Birthday of Former Precentor


Canon John Bartlett 80thChrist Church Cathedral Choir gave a premiere performance of a new commission marking the 80th birthday of Canon Dr John Bartlett yesterday (Sunday March 12). Canon Bartlett, former Precentor of Christ Church Cathedral and former Principal of the Church of Ireland Theological College, celebrated the Eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral yesterday and marks his 80th birthday today.

Entitled ‘Blessed is the man’ the new anthem was composed by renowned English composer, Dr David Bednall. The choir performed it for Canon Bartlett, to his enormous surprise, at the end of yesterday’s service. During the service a hymn dedicated to Canon Bartlett was sung by the congregation. The text was composed by Dr Margaret Daly–Denton.

Speaking at the service, Dean Dermot Dunne said it was a great pleasure to honour a man who had 30 years’ association with Christ Church Cathedral. Outlining Canon Bartlett’s life of priesthood, the Dean paid tribute to his huge contribution to the Church of Ireland during his time as principal of the Church of Ireland Theological College (now Canon John Bartlett 80thInstitute). He also acknowledged his contribution to the life and music of the cathedral and said he took the mantel of Precentor to heart.

Clearly moved, Canon Bartlett thanked all who had worked so hard on his behalf. “Liturgy has been a very important part of my life. Without music, the worship is so much less powerful and inspiring. I am so grateful to the Dean and choir for them both,” he stated.

Cathedral Organist and Director of Music, Ian Keatley, who commissioned the new anthem explained its inspiration. “I chose two verses from the psalms which, for me, express something of the profound integrity and good nature of John’s character. We are very grateful to everyone who kindly donated the funds necessary to commission the new work,” he said.

The text for ‘Blessed is the man’ was taken from psalms 112: v 1 and 37: v 23 (King James Version). ‘Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: that delighteth greatly in his commandments. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.’

Photo captions:

Top – Canon John Bartlett (centre) pictured with the Dean, clergy, Christ Church Cathedral Choir and vergers on the eve of his 80th birthday.

Bottom – Canon John Bartlett speaking at the end of the service.

 

Category: Press Releases
Posted: Monday 13th March 2017
Added By: Lynn Glanville

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