Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 19th August 2018

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For some of us, August is a time when we can get a break, and in some cases get away on holiday and have some r & r – rest and recreation. If you are able to do that, that is great but we should not assume that because we can, it is true for others. Some have had time off at home. For some families, though, particularly those on low incomes, the summer break is a time of acute financial stress. They don’t have the option of going away but even being at home has challenges for them.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 12th August 2018

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In the medieval period the time from mid-June through to early August was a time of holy days and pilgrimage to the shrines of saints. There are a number of feasts in the old church calendar that marked the translation of a saint’s relics from one place to another (and now function as alternative feast dates to those for saints days in mid-winter, including our own St Thomas of Canterbury whose translation is celebrated on 7th July), and these were marked with journeys to visit the shrines. This was a time of travelling and holy days (holidays) that offered refreshment before the toil of harvest.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 5th August 2018

“There But Not There”

This weekend we are 100 days away from Armistice Day. The outbreak of World War I was on 4th August in 1914 – and the armistice finally came on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, when the guns fell silent at the eleventh hour. During the Final 100 Days of the war, victory was becoming more and more certain for the Allied forces, but there was still some terrible fighting and great loss of life.

In the Cathedral, for these 100 days until 11th November (which falls on a Sunday this year) we have some silhouettes to commemorate those who served and died in World War I. These transparent figures will help us remember those who went from the City of Portsmouth – all the lives given and taken away in the conflict, and the families and communities who suffered here at home.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 29th July 2018

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You will no doubt have noticed, maybe even had time to enjoy, the Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society’s Annual Summer Exhibition in the Nave of the Cathedral. Our long association with this group and the wonderful space which we have to exhibit art reminds us of the presence of God in both the sacred and the secular.

The Cathedral building speaks of God in so many different ways – the worship, it’s simply beauty, the monuments and the windows to name but a few of these. The various types of art on display also speak of God in both the talent shown, the objects captured in oil or charcoal or pastel and the reaction and emotions they evoke in us. Bringing them together here in this sacred space speaks of God’s presence in the creativity of life outside of the Cathedral and of the ability for the secular to come here and for us to benefit and learn from it.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 22nd July 2018

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It is often said that here in the Cathedral we regularly travel through time as we walk through the 800 years of history from one end of the building to the other, but in particular yesterday we welcomed families and time travel enthusiasts alike to experience the Cathedral like never before.

Time & Travel were the focus of the day, we had a replica of the Back to the Future DeLorean outside for people to take photos with. We had a model railway set up to fill the centre of the Nave by Victory Model Railway Club, amongst many other fun activities that engaged people with the concepts of Time & Travel.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 15th July 2018

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The choir year may have come to a close, but the Cathedral’s daily round of worship and praise of course continues over the coming summer months.

We are very blessed to be welcoming so many Visiting Choirs to Portsmouth in July and August. Like previous years they come from across the UK and beyond; next week we welcome Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, Los Alamos, New Mexico. In subsequent weeks we shall host the Choir of All Saints’ Church, Botley; St Polycarp’s, Belfast, then an RSCM Residentiary Choir drawn from parishes all across the country; The Open University Chapel Choir; In Spiritu Chamber Choir and at the end of the summer, two large choirs of children and adults; the first St Francis, Welwyn Garden City on a return visit to Portsmouth Cathedral and finally St Alphege, Solihull. Do please keep an eye out on The List for when they are singing weekday evensongs.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 8th July 2018

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One of the oft quoted lines in Romeo and Juliet is “parting is such sweet sorrow” – can you relate to that? I certainly can. Why am I being pretentious and quoting Shakespeare this morning? It is because it is this time of year for goodbyes. University terms have ended, school terms are about to end and today the choir year at the Cathedral comes to an end. I have found it particularly difficult to let go of my current year 13 students, but I don’t have a choice. They are about to fly off to universities near and far and that is how life should be. Time moves on, even if we struggle to keep pace.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 1st July 2018

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Today Matt our Cathedral Curate will be presiding at the Eucharist for the first time at 10.30am. He has been with us – and with Harbour Church also – for a year now since he was ordained Deacon. To be ordained Priest, as he was yesterday afternoon, is a whole new stage for him, and for us, and for St George’s Church where Matt will become Assistant Curate (as well as still being here one Sunday a month). To bless God’s people, and to absolve and assure us of God’s forgiveness, is a huge privilege and responsibility and joy. And to preside at the Eucharist and celebrate Christ’s presence with us in broken bread and wine outpoured is for many priests the heart of their pastoral ministry. This is why some clergy celebrate the anniversary of their ordination as priest, as Canon Angela and Canon Nick did last week on their 20th and 25th anniversaries respectively.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 24th June 2018

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I have been reflecting on next Saturdays ordinations in light of today’s feast of the birth of John the Baptist. I think that the role of clergy includes a prophetic ministry. This has traditionally been squeezed out of the role with the priority being placed on a pastoral model of care and politeness which has trumped any sense of being prophetic or radical. The danger is that we seek to conform to social norms and our message lacks anything that is uniquely of God, and so it becomes rather bland and irrelevant.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 17th June 2018

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We are in a season of “festivities” for the next week or so!

The Portsmouth Festivities started on Friday and several events are taking place in the Cathedral – full details are in the leaflet available in the Cathedral, including the Trumpet tour of the Cathedral organ’s new En Chamade pipes on Monday 18th June. This and all the other events are great opportunities to invite friends and neighbours to come and experience Portsmouth Cathedral – both the space itself and the wide variety of activities we offer.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 10th June 2018

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Earlier this week, on the 74th anniversary of D-Day, Cantate sang at the dedication of a new wall of remembrance at the recently reopened D-Day Museum. The Royal Marines Corps of Drums, many local dignitaries and a large crowd of people gathered as the Lord-Lieutenant unveiled, and I dedicated a plaque. For me the event symbolised the close relation between the City, the Cathedral and the Royal Navy. For over eight centuries the history of this building and those who worship here has been bound up with the wider life of the City in all its aspects.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 3rd June 2018

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You may have noticed a new art installation in the Welcome Area! It is a site specific installation as part of our annual theme of ‘Time’, funded by the Arts Council and created by Chris Jenkins who was also responsible for the Willow Dome on the Cathedral Green. The piece is formed of hundreds of smaller pieces, each of which have come from different places, where they had a different identity and purpose.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 27th May 2018

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You may have heard me mention before that Trinity Sunday is one of my favourite Sundays of the year from a church calendar point of view. We celebrate God existing in the perfect relationship of three people: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Put that alongside the fact that Jesus says the greatest commandment is to love God, neighbour and self and you have a powerful endorsement of relationships. Jesus is saying that the most important thing is to have a healthy relationship with God, with others and with ourselves.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 20th May 2018

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Red is the liturgical colour used on the Feast of Pentecost as the colour of fire and flames, symbolising the Holy Spirit which descended on the first apostles in tongues of fire. The red frontal we use today depicts the Holy Spirit in the form of a hovering dove, recalling how the Spirit hovered over the face of the waters at the start of creation in the book of Genesis. The flames represent the flowering of the Holy Spirit. The liturgical set is one of a number made between 2007-2009 by Jane Lemon and the Sarum Group. Red is appropriate also for services which focus on the gift of the Holy Spirit, and is therefore suitable for Baptism, Confirmation and Ordination.

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