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.
This means, in effect, we have Forty Days of Christmas! So we have a Christingle service as part of the 10.30am Eucharist this morning, lighting up the Cathedral as we give thanks for the light of God’s love lighting up our lives. And on Friday as we celebrate Candlemas, the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, we recall how Simeon saw that Jesus would reveal the light of God’s glory in our world.
It is good that this week also we have the annual Muslim-Christian evening on Monday, with a chance to come together and share with our Muslim friends and neighbours, especially those from the Wessex Jamaat. Learning more about someone else’s faith tradition always helps make us more aware of our own, and appreciate what we have in common as people of faith.
The next great cycle of the Christian year begins in three weeks’ time with Lent leading us up to Holy Week and Easter. The candles we light this week for Candlemas have the last glow of Christmas, and a first hint of the eternal joy that awaits when we will celebrate Christ’s light triumphant over death.
The Revd Jo Spreadbury
Canon Peter is at St Peter and St Paul, Hambledon this morning.
Services and Events The latest edition of our Monthly Events listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Retirement of The Dean We will be saying farewell to David and Gill on Sunday 10th June which will be the Dean’s final Sunday at the Cathedral before he retires. He will celebrate the Eucharist at 10.30am and preach at Choral Evensong which will be followed by a reception in the Nave. All welcome.
The Cathedrals Working Group draft report A working group convened by the Archbishops to consider the governance and sustainability of cathedrals reported last week. The group is encouraging wide consultation and feedback. Anyone wishing to discuss the report and its recommendations is invited to a brief meeting at approximately 11.45am, Sunday 18th February after the 10.30am Eucharist.
Lunchtime Live We are looking for one or two volunteers to help provide sandwiches, snacks, and hot drinks at our term-time Thursday recital series. For further information or to volunteer please contact Tim Burnett.
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.
Palm Sunday Crosses Please bring last year’s crosses to the vergers by Monday 12th February so that they can be burnt for use on Ash Wednesday.
Canon David Partridge The funeral of Canon Partridge who was an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral from 1984 until retirement in 2001 will be held at St James’ Emsworth on Tuesday 6th February at 3pm.
‘The Fight for the Vote’ Professor June Purvis will give a public lecture about the suffragette leader Christabel Pankhurst, 6.30pm 5th February at Park Building, University of Portsmouth. Please book through Eventbrite.
Verbum caro factum est -the music of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. If you would like to help fund our choirs’ latest recording, to be in the late summer, please visit http://bit.ly/2n4G9Ck.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Annual Muslim Christian Evening 7.00pm this Monday 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 Jamaat. Please sign the sheet in the Welcome Area or contact email@example.com if you are attending and can bring vegetarian food to share.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday. Ed Jones (organ). Light refreshments from 12.30pm. Free entry with retiring collection.
Annual Theme Talks - 7pm Thursdays in Becket Hall. Free events, all welcome. Booking not required. Further details on the website and Annual Theme booklet.
• “There are Worse Things than Death”- a time to die. 1st February. A seminar comprising short presentations from a range of professionals speaking from differing perspectives, followed by open discussion.
• “Time in the Universe” 8th February.
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.
Shrove Tuesday Family Activity Day and Community Evening Tuesday 13th February.
• 10.00am-4.00pm Did anyone say Planetarium and pancakes? Join us for our special themed family activity day, perfect for Half-Term. Pancakes will be available 10.30am-1.00pm and 2.30-4.30pm. Book a session in the Planetarium (essential via Eventbrite) and participate in a family activity trail.
• 7.00pm An opportunity to hear about our Annual Theme ‘Time’ and current conservation works. This will be followed by a question and answer session focussed on our Inter-Diocesan West African Link as Bishop Christopher is joined by Bishop Alex and Bishop Felix, who are visiting from Ghana following the New Bishop’s Conference at Lambeth. Drinks and pancakes will be served. Invitations available in the Cathedral or RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those: confirmed at the Diocesan Confirmation Service.
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), Brian Hammond (Priest), Tommy Kerslake, Bruce Miller (Cathedral Funeral Service 2.30pm Monday 5th February), David Partridge (Priest), Alex Robertson, and Ronald Whiting RIP.
For complete listing of this week's notices click here