Service of reflection at St Columb’s

St. Columb's Cathedral was the setting for the service.
St. Columb's Cathedral was the setting for the service.

A Service of Reflection and Dedication was held in St. Columb’s Cathedral during the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and Maritime Festival 2014.

Prior to the service Captain of the Bell Tower, Mr Aubery Fielding MBE and the Cathedral bellringers, assisted by six bellringers from Belfast, rang out the Cathedral bells over the City.

The Dean of St. Columb’s Cathedral, The Very Rev Dr. William Morton welcomed the congregation, which included representatives from the four main churches and some of the crews from the yachts and their families. Taking part in the service also was Mr Nicky Morton, sub - organist of St Columb’s Cathedral, Mr Simon Mc Gonigle, flautist and Mr Jackie Molloy, soloist.

The Dean used the new MU Celtic Prayer Book for the prayers and in the Act of Remembrance thanks were given to Almighty God for the safe arrival of all the boats in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, wishing them continued safety and protection, for the final stage of the race. Gratitude was also expressed for the successful rescue of Andrew Taylor, who fell overboard from the yacht. This was a very emotional moment for Andrew’s parents, who were in the congregation.

The Reflection was given by Bishop Ken Good on the theme of the River Foyle, going back to the time of St. Columba, up until the present day when the Clippers sailed up the River Foyle and docked at the quayside.

As the service came to an end the Clergy representing the four churches said together the “Deep Peace” prayer and the congregation sang a new hymn, written specially for the occasion by The Very Rev’d Dr. William Morton, to the tune of The Londonderry Air.

This was a very poignant, emotional and moving service for all those present.