Annual Theme blog post: February 2018

Annual theme blog article #2: February 2018

The start of this year’s annual theme has already gotten off to an exciting start! We’ve already had the Journey Through Time installations and launch event, two evening talks and a Family Activity Day - and it’s not even the end of February!

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 18th February 2018

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In my sermon at the Ash Wednesday evening service I publically laid out what I was intending on doing for Lent. In essence I said that firstly I shall be attempting to receive the love of God afresh and as fully as I can every day. That will involve not being hard on myself and giving myself some space and time to listen to God. Secondly I shall be attempting to share that love with others – yes even, perhaps especially, the people I find difficult and thirdly I will be looking for opportunities to practice the fast outlined in Isaiah 58:6-12 (look it up – it is worth it!) either by prayer or actions.

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Ghana Link

Please take time to look at the Ghana display material in the Cathedral and update yourself on our Diocesan link with the internal Province of Ghana and our Cathedral's link with Bishop Festus and Sunyani Cathedral and diocese.  

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 11th February 2018

If you were not able to be at our Candlemas celebration last week you will have missed an evocative moment in our annual liturgical cycle in the form of the following words….

‘Here we turn from Christ’s birth to his passion. Help us, for whom Lent is near, to enter deeply into the Easter mystery.’

In so doing, we turned our backs on the season of Christmas and look once again through Lent towards Easter.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 4th February 2018

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As we leave Christmas and Epiphany behind, and begin to look towards the next season of the Church’s year, our rhythm of activities changes. Our ‘Time’ theme is well under way, with fifty people attending the first in our series of Thursday Lectures. Make sure that our Shrove Tuesday events are in your diary, and that you give some thought to how you might observe Lent - try to begin with our Ash Wednesday evening Eucharist.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 28th January 2018

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Some of you may have spotted that there is still a Christmas tree up in the front window of a certain house opposite the Cathedral south doors. And we still have the Cathedral’s own Christmas decorations up until the very end of this week. The celebration of Christmas in some traditions goes on beyond the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ right up to the feast of Candlemas on February 2nd – which falls this Friday.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 21st January 2018

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Glory is not a very fashionable word these days. It tends to be confined to documentaries on the coronation, medieval art or sporting achievements. In these days of informality the idea of glory seems pompous, overly formal, antiquated and out of touch. Yet to refuse the idea of glory is to cut from the language and experience of humanity a sense of the numinous and transcendent. Without this language we are impoverished and know only a sense of immanent mundane life experience. Life is left flat and dull, almost without any sense of meaning.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 14th January 2018

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Timing is everything! In today’s Eucharistic readings, there is the perfect timing of God’s call to Samuel, Philip and Nathaniel. The beginning of a new year is a good time for us all to consider to what God has called each one of us. This is not just about a calling to ministry in the church, although of course it includes that, and it is right for some, but it is about the whole panoply of things to which God calls people, not just in their occupations but in their lives. We are all called to things like righteousness, and holiness, to uphold justice and build the common good. Today we hear about a particular moment of calling and this should encourage us to think about what might be next in God’s plan for us.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 24th December 2017

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“Time is nature's way to keep everything from happening all at once.”
                                                                                                    John Archibald Wheeler (13th April, 1911)

Another year goes by and as we celebrate Christmas we will no doubt hear people talking about “how quickly time passes” or that they “don’t know where the year has gone”.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 17th December 2017

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I’ve lived in Portsmouth now for four years and I love it. There is something about the life and excitement of city living which is made even better by being on the coast – the great waterfront city!


At this time of year with the Christmas lights, the festive music and Christmas markets it seems as if the sense of community becomes even stronger in Portsmouth.
Of course, that is not true

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 10th December 2017

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‘Why are we waiting?’ ‘How much further?’
How many times have you asked, or been asked these questions? When? Where? On the way to something? We sit in station or surgery waiting rooms, irritated by wasting our time having to wait. Some people say that in the 21st Century people don’t have the patience or attention span to wait well – or at all. Whilst there might be a grain of truth in this, I suspect that it is part of the human condition that we are impatient, that we see waiting as pointless and want to be in the appointment, on the train, celebrating the birthday or at our destination.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 3rd December 2017

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New year: New shape of morning services.
Advent is the start of the new church year, so we are taking the opportunity to alter the pattern of early weekday services to a new shape. For several years now, the residentiary clergy together with others who join us either regularly or occasionally have said a combined version of Morning Prayer and Holy Communion starting at 7.45am.
From Monday we will be saying Morning Prayer at 7.40am and celebrating Holy Communion together at 8.00am. As before, people are more than welcome to join us.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 26th November 2017

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I have often reflected on the strangeness of the promotion of the feast of Christ the King to a major festival during the late twentieth century at a time when republicanism across the globe had probably never before been such a significant force, and indeed when the remaining monarchies are confined to a ceremonial role. How useful is it to describe God’s dominion in terms of monarchy today, when most monarchies have so little power? Therefore I am going to pass over Christ the King to talk about something more traditional.

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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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