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.
Scripture constantly reminds us of God’s glory in heaven, and that this glory can break through into human life and experience. Epiphany reminds us of the glory of God being manifested to the magi, to Simeon and Anna, and to those at the wedding feast at Cana. These moments of seeing God’s glory transform the lives of those involved, giving a new sense of meaning and purpose.
Churches are often glorious, and this is especially true of cathedrals. Cathedrals are manifestations of God’s glory: beautiful as works of architecture, they celebrate the wonders of music and art. There is something incredible about realising that a medieval place of such size and magnificence was built entirely by hand, and we should rejoice that our cathedrals can still bring a sense of awe to visitors and worshipers (alike).
On Thursday the Church of England published a draft report on the future of English cathedrals (which can be read here Cathedrals Working Group). On behalf of the Chapter and cathedral community, I welcome the publication of the report and encourage all members of the cathedral community to engage with it, as we seek to discern how we can make the glory of our cathedrals shine ever more brightly in contemporary society.
The Revd Canon Dr Anthony Rustell
Canon Peter is at Holy Spirit, Southsea this morning.
Services and Events The latest edition of our Monthly Events listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
The Cathedral Choirs are singing Evensong this evening at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick at our former Sub-Organist, Oliver Hancock’s installation as Director of Music.
Holy Communion Service there will be no Holy Communion service at 12.00pm on Friday due to the Retired Clergy Association service.
Living Faith Course-Prayer and Spirituality 7.00pm Wednesdays. 10-week module exploring how we pray to the Christian God, and how this has been informed by spiritual traditions. For further details please contact Sarah Lovatt in the Cathedral Offices.
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Bereavement Drop-In 11.00am-12.30pm Saturday 27th January in the Bishop Kenneth Room. A monthly group for those who are recently bereaved, know someone who is terminally ill, or are still experiencing grief, pain or anger from loss. Members of the Cathedral bereavement team will be there to listen, offer support and encouragement. Tea and coffee provided.
Lunchtime Live We are looking for one or two volunteers to help provide sandwiches, snacks, and hot drinks at our term-time weekly recital series on Thursdays. For further information or to volunteer please contact Tim Burnett in the Cathedral Offices.
Volunteering Opportunities with the Cathedral Education department. If you would like to help at school workshops, or prepare resources for the workshops please contact Sarah Page in the Cathedral Offices.
The Roberts Centre 'Pennies from Heaven' This years total collection amounted to an amazing £250.00 for the centre. Sincere thanks to all our loyal supporters for this result.
Portsmouth High School Gala Concert 7.30pm Tuesday 6th February. For further details see website. Tickets £6.00 available from Helen Harris on 023 9282 6714 or at www.portsmouthhigh.co.uk/events.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Doctor Who - Adventures in Time and Faith: William Hartnell 7.00-9.00pm this Tuesday upstairs at the Dolphin. Each session involves watching an episode, a short presentation and time for discussion. Booking essential via Eventbrite. For further details see leaflets in the Cathedral.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday. Musicians from the Prebendal School. Light refreshments from 12.30pm. Free entry with retiring collection.
Cathedral Club 2.45pm this Thursday in Becket Hall. Sinead Parry on the work of MacMillan Cancer. Free, donation if staying for tea/coffee.
Organ Concert with Adrian Lucas 8.00pm Friday 26th January. The next of our regular series of evening concerts. Tickets £10.00, (£8.00 concessions) through Eventbrite, the Cathedral Shop or on the door.
Messy Cathedral 2.00pm Saturday 27th January. An hour of fun and craft activities followed by a short service and afternoon tea. Suitable for all ages.
Annual Muslim Christian Evening 7.00pm Monday 29th January following Choral Evensong. Please join us for this important evening of friendship, music, prayer, an art activity based on our annual theme, and food with our friends from the Wessex Jamat. Please sign the sheet in the Welcome Area or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are attending and can bring vegetarian food to share.
Wine Tasting 7.30pm Friday 2nd February in the Nave. Join local expert, David Dickinson, to learn about the art of wine tasting and how to match your food to deliver a wine at its best. Tickets £20.00 from the Cathedral Shop. Profits to support the Cathedral Choirs’ tours and events.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those: preparing for confirmation next week.
All those in need including: Martin, Alex, Frank, Christine, Roger, Amanda, Joan, Rachael, Val, John, Wayne, Brian, and Ann.
And those who have died: Roger Devonshire (Priest), Tommy Kerslake, Bruce Miller (Cathedral Funeral Service 2.30pm Monday 5th February), and Sylvia Kingswell RIP.
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