Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 19th November 2017

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As you enter the Cathedral from the South door you cannot help but notice the impressive installation of over 400 fish in two arches of the North Ambulatory. This is a collaboration between Claystation and the Cathedral as part of our annual theme for 2017 “All Things Bright & Beautiful” which has been focused on ecology and the environment. Each fish has been hand made by a member of the Portsmouth community and has an individual prayer or wish on it. They are each precious and special in their own right but together I am sure you will agree they make an impressive sight and represent beautifully the way that both individuals and their thoughts, prayers and wishes come together in this sacred space.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 12th November 2017

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I never met my maternal grandfather though I think I know him well. He bought a violin and a piano before buying any furniture for his new wife and their new house after their wedding in 1928. By the time war arrived in 1939 he was too old to be called up for service, nevertheless he joined the RAF Reserve and worked for Air Chief Marshal Leigh Mallory at Southwick House and in Hertfordshire. By November 1944 Leigh Mallory had been appointed as Supreme Allied Commander Asia. This coming Tuesday it will be the 73rd anniversary of their departure from RAF Northolt en route to Ceylon. Appalling weather, four inches ice on windows and wings and -20 degrees in the cockpit meant they crashed in the French Alps and ten souls were lost. Families were shattered and children lost parents. The event was unexpected, abrupt, life stories left incomplete.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 29th October 2017

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Mention the word ‘Reformation’ and most English people think of Henry VIII, but Henry’s troubles with his line of accession and the Pope were a minor sideshow in the process which was symbolically begun by Martin Luther in October 1517 when he nailed his objections to medieval catholicism to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. 

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 15th October 2017

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This weekend we gather to remember and pay tribute to all seafarers. As the Cathedral of the Sea we have constant reminders of the heroic actions of so many brave souls who made the ultimate sacrifice to bring us essential fuel, food, and adornments. But like so many unsung heroes, seafarers remain buried at the back of our minds until there is a threat, a disaster or a shortage, but their tireless work continues never the less.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 8th October 2017

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Sunday 8th October 2017 - Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

I do love a dictionary. When I listen to Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, one of my favourite bits is when they talk about the book. You’re given the Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare and then you can choose only one other to take with you. I am an avid reader of fiction, but I think that my final choice would be between Sir Bannister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture and an etymological dictionary. Why? I love architectural drawings and learning about the history of buildings and I adore words and understanding their origins. What has this got to do with today’s highlights? I would like to look at the word ‘highlights’ in all its forms.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 1st October 2017

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Sunday 1st October 2017

Patronal Festival

Anglicans have a complex relationship with the idea of celebrating church buildings. At one level, we love our medieval country churches that speak of stability and continuity with the past. Yet the Reformation contained a critique of identifying God’s presence with particular things or places.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 17th September 2017

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How do we do Cathedral…..?

For the second time in my lifetime, the Archbishops are interesting themselves in cathedrals. This seems a little indulgent, not to say premature to me. The independence of English Cathedrals and framework of governance was initiated by Henry VIII in 1542, though busy 20th Century bishops thought it important to revise the way cathedrals worked in 1931, 1963 and 1999. It might seem odd that we’re at it again in 2017.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices: Sunday 6th August

Good art does more than simply provide a replica of reality. Instead it points to the true meaning of reality around us. It seeks to transfigure and transform our view of the world, so that we can see it anew. Art therefore intervenes in our lives by capturing our imagination and transforming us: we learn what is good and true through the beautiful.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices: Sunday 23rd July 2017

After nearly four years of planning, several designs and careful design work we are shortly to install our new West End trumpets.This a truly fitting way to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Completion of the Nave and the building of the West Front. For those who have not been able to follow the design process, we are also now able to enhance our Nicholson organ in the way it was originally conceived.

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