2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January. Portsmouth Cathedral will observe this event at our Sunday Eucharist on Sunday 20th January, 10.30am, with a sermon by The Revd Dr William Adam, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ecumenical Adviser and Ecumenical Officer at the Council for Christian Unity.

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International concert pianist plays fundraiser for Portsmouth City of Sanctuary

The international concert pianist and recording artist Margaret Fingerhut is set to play a charity fundraiser at Portsmouth Cathedral on Monday 4th February at 7.30pm. The Portsmouth concert, arranged by ArtReach (the producer of Journeys Festival International), is part of the city’s latest bid to be formally recognised as a ‘City of Sanctuary’, joining other cities with the same title such as Plymouth, Bristol and Cheltenham, with almost 100 locations across the UK already recognised as a place of sanctuary.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 13th January 2019

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Last week was Epiphany Sunday. Magi from the East travelled to see this child whom they believed was worthy of their worship. The journey would have taken some time, the shepherds will have been long gone by the time these ‘wise’ men arrived. Journeys are interesting experiences. For most journeys we know the destination; we could be flying abroad for a holiday, driving to visit family over the Christmas period, sitting on a train commuting to work. We know where these journeys end, and hopefully we haven’t sat on the wrong train! Other journeys we might have an idea of where we want to arrive but can be unsure of exactly where. These can be more abstract; composing a piece of music or writing poetry. And then there are journeys where the destination is unknown. Life perhaps being the biggest one of this kind.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 6th January 2019

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Epiphany is a significant period of celebration. It is associated with the wise men coming to visit the infant Jesus. Matthew’s gospel tells us that they were ‘wise men from the East’. As they were therefore not Jews, they represent the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles, to the non-Jews – to us! Light is always a significant symbol at Epiphany because it reminds us of the recognition of the light that had come into the world in the form of a baby.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 23rd December 2018

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Away in a Manger…. the words of this traditional carol warms hearts as little children wearing dressing gowns and with tea towels on their heads presents an image of a warm and clean stable on a beautiful starlit night. In reality it would have been dark and smelly and filthy. The animals would not have been gazing adoringly but making unpleasant smells and noises. Mary would have been exhausted, Joseph bewildered. As for Jesus being woken by the lowing of cattle and not making a sound - he’d have screamed like every baby.

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FOR MANY, CHRISTMAS CAN BE A DIFFICULT AND LONELY TIME

Christmas for most families may be about time with family, Christmas Carol and Christmas services, and presents. But for many people and families here in Portsmouth, Christmas can be a difficult and lonely time. 

 One of the ways Portsmouth Cathedral is helping families this Christmas is through ‘Christmas Stars’.  Any visitor can pick up a star ornament and write a message in memory of a loved one.  The special tree in the Welcome area of the Cathedral can then be decorated with the star.

 

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 16th December 2018

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2018 has been the 300th anniversary of the ‘opening’ of the Organ which will play such an essential part in our worship and services over the coming days.

The tercentenary was commemorated by David Price with an organ recital in July. Since then Jo Godfree, our Archivist, has discovered the Vicar’s sermon of 26th July 1718 when the organ was first played. I offer some extracts as a timely anticipation of how our Cathedral organ and Choirs and music will lift our hearts and souls as we join in singing carols and celebrating the Birth of our Saviour.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 2nd December 2018

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This time of year can be a bit of a struggle with darkness. In order to function normally, we have to fight our instinct to hibernate. However, I wish to highlight the importance of rest and reflection, particularly during Advent. We are tasked with waiting and watching in the darkness for the light, thinking about the impact of God breaking through into human history and being born in a manger.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 25th November 2018

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This last Sunday of the year - before the new Church year starts next week – was sometimes known as ‘Stir up Sunday.’ The Book of Common Prayer collect for today, which we still use as the post-Communion prayer, begins ‘Stir up, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people…’ This image led to the idea that this week was when people should be stirring their Christmas pudding mix, or baking their Christmas cakes, to give them plenty of time to mature and improve before the Christmas feast. We hope this week many of you will be baking cakes and making sweets and looking out your contributions for our Christmas Fair next Saturday!

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'Light up a Lantern' - shining a light to remember

Portsmouth Cathedral has launched a new campaign to help families by offering a unique way of remembering a loved one who lit up their lives, by lighting up the Cathedral Tower on the day of your choice.  Birthdays, anniversaries of a death, can be a tough and poignant time for many. Often, families want to mark that time quietly on their own, or perhaps might visit a grave or cemetery, and bring flowers and share memories.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 18th November 2018

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While we have been remembering with gratitude and sadness the many lives lost in conflict but especially those in the First World War; the armistice was also a moment of joy that the end of the war had come. Sometimes we long for the end to come in our political dealings as well, although they usually chug on somehow, as indeed they usually need to!

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