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Singers and musicians sought for inter-church tribute to front line workers

Fr Martin Magill said the origins of Be Thou My Vision "could be traced back as a prayer for protection which is very relevant for all of us during these uncertain times". Picture by Cliff Donaldson
Marie Louise McConville

SINGERS and musicians from churches across Ireland are being invited to join together for a virtual tribute to essential workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Church-based musicians are encouraged to select a frontline service and dedicate a rendition of a special version of Be Thou my Vision to it.

The recordings can then be submitted to a central co-ordinating team where they will be considered for inclusion in an all-island version of the hymn.

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A final collaborative video will be broadcast on YouTube on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, at 11am.

Fr Martin Magill, parish priest of St John's in Belfast and one of the project's organisers, said the origins of Be Thou My Vision "could be traced back as a prayer for protection which is very relevant for all of us during these uncertain times".

Fellow organiser Philip McKinley, a Dublin-based Church of Ireland ordinand said: “Ireland is famous for its blessings, words to encourage friends, family and neighbours along the journey. We want to bless those on the frontlines with words of hope and life and relationship with the creator of all things.”

A recording guide pack can be downloaded from www.theirishblessing.com on Saturday May 16.

The deadline for recorded submissions is noon on Friday May 22.

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