Thursday, 20 March 2008

Maundy Thursday

This is the very first time that the Royal Maundy Service has been held in Northern Ireland and, indeed, outside England and Wales. The weather is dull and damp presently in Belfast; hopefully it will brighten up for the cathedral service being broadcast live by the BBC this morning from St Patrick's Cathedral in the City of Armagh.

I presume that the service shall be lead by His Grace the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Rev Alan Harper, OBE; readings will be given by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and His Eminence the Cardinal Archbishop of Armagh too.

The Queen will distribute purses to 164 people, each white purse containing eighty-two coins representing Her Majesty's age.

The choir of the Cathedral will be joined today by the choir of the Chapel Royal.

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