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Dublin Irish Festival

Worship services range from traditional to druid

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Irish rock band U2 won't be left out of the Dublin Irish Festival.

The music of U2 will be part of the Episcopal U2charist service, one of seven different services held Sunday morning at the Dublin Irish Festival.

The Rev. Stephen Smith of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church on Muirfield Drive has led the service that uses the music of U2 for hymns for the past three years.

"It was started almost 12 years ago by a priest in Rhode Island," Smith said, adding that the priest saw a parallel between scripture and some U2 songs.

"These lyrics do pull from scripture, why not use it?" he said. "It spread all over the Episcopal Church. Since I play guitar, we threw it together. It works."

The service led by Smith isn't too different from the Sunday morning services he usually has; a contemporary service at the church sometimes throws in a U2 song or two.

"It's very similar," he said of the Dublin Irish Festival service. "We do shorten the service a bit. It's a basic Episcopal service. There a sermon, lessons and communion."

U2 songs worked into the service include I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Pride and Where the Streets Have No Name.

"We do Pride during offeratory," Smith said.

"It's about people who give of themselves for what they believe. We do Where the Streets Have No Name after the service because we send people to the crazy places where people need help.

"We try to find songs that people know and have messages. We have a good time."

The Episcopal U2charist service will be held at 10:45 a.m. on the Shamrock Stage.

A contemporary Celtic service will be held at the Irish festival for the first time this year. Pastor Andy Albertini from the Shiloh Chapel in Marysville said he had approached the planning staff with the idea before and this year they took him up on it.

With roots tracing back to Scotland and Ireland, Albertini said he's looked into Celtic worship as it was practiced hundreds of years ago.

"We don't have a real clear idea of what worship looked like, but it was very different from Roman worship," he said.

"Basically, the idea of what I'm doing is a very deconstructed idea of Celtic worship."

During his studies of the Celtics and Saint Patrick, Albertini said he found the Celts were enamored with God being one, but existing as three. He'll use that concept in the service.

"The worship music will have a three-four time behind it," Albertini said.

"It won't be ancient worship songs, but an ancient time. The messaging will also be how God exists in three."

Along with the service, this year's Dublin Irish Festival will be a first for Albertini, who has been at Shiloh Chapel for about three years.

"I hope to provide a pretty interesting piece and it'll give me an excuse to wear my kilt," he said.

Albertini will lead the contemporary Celtic service at 10 a.m. in the Ceili Dance Tent.

Other services planned include an Irish Mass at 10 a.m. on the Dublin Stage.

At 10:15 a.m., an interdenominational service will be held on the Trinity Stage, in addition to a traditional Mass on the Celtic Rock Stage and a druid service in the Celtic Music House.

Another traditional Mass will be held at the Irish Thunder Stage at 10:45 a.m.

People can attend the services for little cost.

Admission is free to the Dublin Irish Festival from 9:45 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, with the donation of a nonperishable food item that will be given to the Dublin Food Pantry.

Offerings collected at the Sunday morning services also go to the Dublin Food Pantry.

In previous years, the collection has yielded more than 10,000 pounds of nonperishable foods and more than $8,000.

The Dublin Irish Festival runs Aug. 2-4 in Coffman Park. For more information about Sunday services or other activities, look online at DublinIrishFestival.org.

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