Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 21st October 2018


Last Saturday I was in Boxgrove Priory working with some singers from the Royal School of Church Music. We sang in the Chancel, next to what was once the Chantry Chapel of Thomas West, 9th Lord de la Warr. Chantry chapels were built to honor the dearly departed by the regular (perhaps daily) saying of Mass to assist the speedy flight of the soul of the person who had endowed the chapel from his or her mortal remains to Heaven, with the shortest stay in Limbo or Purgatory as possible.

The Henrician Reformation cast this tradition aside, and so we lost a very tangible, though perhaps latterly corrupted way of easing bereavement and consoling the grieving family left behind. However, in recent times, the Church of England has rediscovered this particular part of our catholic inheritance, and in a very nuanced way we enable afresh the possibility to pray for those who have died. This year we are singing Malcolm Archer’s poignant ‘Requiem’ 6pm on All Souls’ Day, Friday 2nd November. Please do join us for this service to remember a loved one.

Dr David Price

Organist and Master of the Choristers


Welcome to Bradford Cathedral Choir who are singing at Eucharist this evening whilst the Cathedral Choirs are on half term.

There is no 10.30am service this morning due to the Great South Run.

The List and Events Listings are available in the Cathedral or on the website.


Good news for the Choristers! We have been awarded a grant of £3,800 from Hymns Ancient and Modern Trust to support vocal tuition and faith nurture for our choristers.

Education & Outreach This week 22 Year 5 children from St John’s College and 60 early years’ children from St Jude’s School took part in a Church and Christianity workshop learning about Christian symbols.


Shine Awareness Week The Cathedral Tower will be lit in yellow on Monday 22nd October in support of this for spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Poppies for Remembrance Everyone is invited to make a free poppy for an outside display around the War Memorial on the South Front. Materials and instructions will be in the Cathedral Shop until Remembrance Sunday.

Donations of Red Fabric and Buttons Please bring in donations of all types of red fabric, large or small, plain or patterned in any shade of red and large buttons no smaller than 2.5cm diameter. The materials will be used by children attending School Workshops for Remembrance at the end of October to create a cascade of poppies on the Nave Crossing. Please bring your donations to the Cathedral Offices or leave with the Shop or Vergers.

Christmas Fair Saturday 1st December. Please leave donations of china, toiletries, books, DVDs, CDs, preserves (jams, marmalade and chutney), jewellery, clothing (unworn with label), bottles of wine and boxes of chocolates for the Tombola, and small terracotta flowerpots in the Cathedral Shop. Raffle Tickets will be on sale at the Cathedral Shop.

Verbum Caro Factum Est Advent and Christmas Music CD by the Cathedral Choir is now available for £10.00 in the Cathedral Shop.


Journeys Festival International: exploring refugee experiences through great art presents at the Cathedral:

‘The Invisibles’ Journey’ Art Exhibition until Sunday 28th October. Paintings, drawings and prints realised by migrants, and photographic images of some of those who took part in art organised by the charity Secours Catholique at its day centre in Calais.

Container Project until Sunday 28th October. A 20ft shipping container will be transformed into an artwork and innovative project/exhibition space.

City of Sanctuary Panel Discussion 1.00-2.00pm Monday 22nd October in Becket Hall. Representatives from Southampton City of Sanctuary share information about this national movement. Free event. All welcome.

Coffee Shop Conversation 6.30-8.30pm Monday 22nd October with Hisham Ali via skype from Calais. Hisham will discuss his work with Secours Catholique and the art produced by individuals supported by the Charity. Free event. All welcome.

Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 25th October in Becket Hall. Barbara Sykes “A photographic tour of the Royal Garrison Church”. Tea/coffee available. Donations welcome.

Messy Cathedral 2.00pm Saturday 27th October. An hour of fun and craft activities, followed by a short service and afternoon tea. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied.

Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: David Tennant 7-9pm Tuesday 30th October at the Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite.

Standing in Silence 30th October to 11th November. An exhibition by Hampshire photographer John Farnhill the culmination of a two-year project to document some of the key sites of conflict from the First World War.

WWI Sacrifice & Remembrance 7.00pm Thursday 1st November in Becket Hall. Annual Theme talk by Jeremy Prescott, a former career Army Officer and charity CEO and a lecturer on military themes, telling of the scale of the sacrifice, how this is commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, stories behind some of the headstones and how the fallen in recent conflicts are now commemorated. Free to attend, donations welcome.

All Souls’ Eucharist with commemoration of the departed. 6.00pm Friday 2nd November. A reflective service of readings and music within the Eucharist with the opportunity to remember and light a candle for loved ones. If you would like a name of someone who has died to be included at the service please add it to the list in the Welcome Area.

Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30-9.30pm Tuesday 6th November. Join Sharon Court to create a unique advent calendar filled with different mindful activities in the Cathedral. Free event, booking essential via Eventbrite .

Lunchtime Live The next concert will be at 1.10pm on Thursday 8th November with James Kirby (piano). Retiring collection and refreshments from 12.30pm.

Remembrance Day Concert 8.00pm Sunday 11th November. A concert commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the WW1 Armistice with the world premiere of a new Missa Brevis by Ola Gjeilo jointly commissioned by the Cathedral and The Portsmouth Grammar School. Tickets available from https://bit.ly/2O5QZ9W.


All those in need including: Brian, Roger, Derek, Jane, Stuart, Gita, Richard and Amanda.

And those who have died: Paul Anthony RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

Portsmouth Cathedral