[ACNS] A diocese of the Church of Ireland has embarked on a marathon four-day public reading of the entire Bible as part of its Year of Opportunity – a designation it has given to 2016 during which parishes will focus on mission, generosity and children.
The reading began at 8 pm last night, Palm Sunday, in St Eunan’s Cathedral, Raphoe. The Cathedral serves the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe, which straddles the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, taking in the counties of Londonderry, Tyrone and Donegal in the north-west of the island.
The Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, the Rt Revd Ken Good, began the session, reading from Genesis chapters 1 to 7. In an ecumenical gesture, he was followed by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Raphoe, Dr Philip Boyce, who read chapters 8 to 14.
Over the course of the four days, some 192 people will read for 30 minutes at a time as the project works its way from Genesis to Revelation.
“The Bible Reading Marathon is a significant event during the Diocesan Year of Opportunity 2016,” the Dean of Raphoe, the Very Revd Arthur Barrett, said. “Our desire is to encourage and welcome as many people as possible from across the whole community to share in our unity of God’s Word.”