Friday 6th May 2011 | 10am – 3pm (Special address – 1pm)
Bangor Abbey | FREE
psalmody /ˈsɑːmədi, ˈsalm-/
the singing of psalms or similar sacred canticles.
■ psalms arranged for singing.
Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 Oxford University Press
Come and spend some time in Bangor Abbey as the Valley of Angels festival seeks to transport visitors back for a full sensory experience of the past. During the day sacred music in the Abbey will provide listeners an opportunity to fully experience an atmosphere which is truly centuries old.
The monastery at Bangor was founded in AD 558 by St Comgall and became a centre of excellence with a thriving community of monks numbering around 3000. Comgall established a worship pattern which has been termed as 24/7 worship – Monks were rotated ensuring there was unbroken ‘psalmody’ for between 200-300 years…
The Abbey will be open from 10am to 3pm and visitors are welcome to drop in at any point during the day, and stay for as long as you wish!
Moreover, at 1pm there will be a chance to further reflect, as speakers including Bishop of Down and Dromore, Harold Miller , Rev. Dr. Norman Hamilton, Moderator, Presbyterian Church in Ireland and Bishop of Down and Connor Donal McKeown share some of their thoughts on the history of Bangor’s relationship with learning and faith.
You can find out more about the history of Bangor Abbey on their website.