Brian Walker, Claude Costecalde
Belfast, Church History, Church of Ireland
This bundle contains the following publications: The Church of Ireland - An Illustrated History & A History of St George's Church Belfast.
The Church of Ireland - An Illustrated History
Informed and inspired by the past, the Church of Ireland looks forward with confidence and eager expectation to the future.
This handsome and beautifully illustrated hardback book presents the rich heritage and history of the Church of Ireland (including a section on the early Irish church prior to the Reformation) in an attractive contemporary style that will appeal to every generation. It reveals at the same time the modern presence of the Church in every diocese in Ireland.
Dr Claude Costecalde and Professor Brian Walker are consultant editors of the book which comprises the work of over sixty historians, editors and photographers from all over Ireland with a diverse range of interests and approaches and of course an intimate knowledge of the Church of Ireland. Each tells the story of the Church in his or her own way. The variety of this material reflects the diversity within the Church itself. This volume achieves the remarkable task of covering every parish or union/group of parishes, with illustrations of over two thirds of all the churches.
The Church of Ireland: an illustrated history is a record of the past with an invitation to reflect on the life of the Church in the twenty-first century.
A History of St George's Church Belfast.
Situated in a location where Christians are known to have worshipped for many centuries, St George's Church has since its establishment in 1816 played a highly significant role in the spiritual and cultural development of Belfast, from market town to industrial giant to capital city. This book narrates the great challenges it has faced - and survived - over two centuries, including the very serious threats of physical destruction during the 1941 Belfast Blitz and, more recently, the 30 years of devastation brought on the city during the 'Troubles'.
The present day church's services are, as in the past, widely respected for their dignity of worship and fine music. Indeed, the musical tradition long associated with the church may be traced back to the appointment as its organist in 1817 of Edward Bunting, the original collector of Irish airs and music and whose own music, observed Martha McTier, sister of Dr William Drennan, founder of the United Irishmen, 'might make Pitt melt for the poor Irish'.
In telling the church's absorbing history, the author has been able to avail of a major parochial archive covering most of the last two hundred years. The range of illustrations in this beautifully designed volume includes fine modern photographs of the church building - interior and exterior - as well as some rarely seen engravings, paintings and early photographs. It is sure to be much appreciated by a wide readership, including not just parishioners but also those interested in church and architectural history and by the many who are intrigued by the story of Belfast.
This book serves as a fitting testimony to a building and an institution that continue to hold a special place in the heart of Belfast.