Former Principal delivers annual Tapper Lecture

It was a great pleasure to welcome Canon Christopher Irvine, Canon Librarian and Director of Education at Canterbury Cathedral, back to the College as this year’s Walter Tapper Lecturer. The Tapper Lecture is a joint venture between the Community, the College, the Mirfield Liturgical Institute and the Mirfield Centre, and commemorates the architect of the Community Church. The subject is always in the area of church buildings and liturgical space, on both of which Canon Irvine has written and lectured extensively. Taking as his title ‘The worshipping space as the vestibule of heaven’, Canon Irvine took us on an inspiring, beautifully illustrated journey of possibility, concluding that ‘the physical building of the church invites us to join with others and step out beyond the self and, within an expansive space, raise our hearts in prayer and praise.’

The lecture was attended by over 150 people, this year coinciding with the College Festival which itself drew 100 former students of the College back for the lecture, Solemn Mass (at which Canon Irvine also preached) and a convivial lunch in the College Refectory.