Christ Church is the cathedral of the Waterford Union of Parishes, which is an amalgamation of the four parishes of Christ Church Cathedral Parish, Waterford, St. Andrew’s Dunmore East, Christ Church Tramore and St. John the Baptist, Annestown.
Christ Church is a Church of Ireland (Anglican/Episcopalian) Cathedral and has been a place of Christian worship for over 1,000 years. We welcome all visitors to worship with us – be that for one visit, for a special occasion such as a wedding, for a place of quiet contemplation, or to join our community for more regular service and prayer.
The Church of Ireland
The Anglican Reformation was quite different from that of the French, Scottish, Swiss or German Reformations in that no one leader or spiritual figurehead headed the reforms. Instead, both Roman Catholic spiritual traditions as well as the new insights of the reforming Protesters made their way into a national church in 16th century England.
In the 19th century there was an intellectual reformation within Anglicanism that fostered not just faith in the traditional creeds of the church, or belief that God speaks to us through scripture but that faith also is served by reason and learning. So to be Anglican is to be within a community that of its nature reflects the diversity of the ways in which people respond to God in their lives. We strive to work for unity amid this diversity as there are very real theological differences in emphasis within the Communion. However, there is a shared conviction that belief in the Trinity, in Christ as Lord and Saviour, in Holy Scripture, in sacrament, Common Prayer, the constitutional ordering of the church, the three-fold ordering of ministry (deacon, priest and bishop) hold things together.
In 1870, the Church of Ireland became independent of the Church of England. Since then it has been a national, parliamentary church covering both the jurisdictions of Northern Ireland and the Republic. General Synod (parliament) comprises the House of Bishops and the Houses of Representatives (made up of elected members of the clergy and laity) and it orders all aspects of church governance and policy. The Bishops hold responsibility for the integrity of church doctrine and teaching.