A BALLYMACASH parishoner has received the Royal Maundy
from the Queen in a unique service at Armagh Cathedral.
Mr Hilary Morrison, a member of St Mark's, was a guest at St
Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh on Maundy Thursday to receive the
traditional gift from the the Sovereign in a ceremony which
dates back to the 12th century. It was the first time the
service has been held in Northern Ireland.
A stockbroker, Mr Morrison served for 30 years on the
Representative Church Body (RB) of the Church of Ireland as an
elected member from the Diocese of Connor, from March 1974 until
his retirement from membership in March 2004.
The Ven Dr Stephen McBride, Archdeacon of Dalriada. said: "He
is a man blessed with exceptional wisdom which has been
especially helpful in the formation and running of the clergy
pension scheme." Mr Morrison was accompanied to the service by
his wife Jean and afterwards guests enjoyed lunch at Armagh City
Hotel. Mr Morrison said: "It was a great honour to be a guest. I
was very surprised to be nominated."
There were a total of 164 recipients — 82 men and 82 women,
as the Queen is now in her 82nd ear. All were over 70 years of
age and have made a significant contribution to Church or
community life. The four main Church leaders nominated people
from their respective religious traditions from all over
Northern Ireland in response to the request that the recipients
should be as representative as possible at a service within the
context of Anglican worship.
Hilary Morrison, and
right, with his Jean at
lunch following the
Royal Maundy Service in
St Patrick's Cathedral,
THE ROYAL MAUNDY
* The distribution of Alms and the washing of the
feet on the Thursday of Holy Week are of great
antiquity. The Maundy can be traced back in England to
at least the 12th century.
* The Service derives its name from the Latin word "mandatum",
meaning a commandment. and its opening words are. "Jesus
said: 'I give you a new commandment."'
* From the 15th century, the number of recipients has
been related to the years of the Sovereign's life.
* Recipients are selected because of the Christian
service they have rendered to the Church and the