Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 16th December 2018


2018 has been the 300th anniversary of the ‘opening’ of the Organ which will play such an essential part in our worship and services over the coming days.

The tercentenary was commemorated by David Price with an organ recital in July. Since then Jo Godfree, our Archivist, has discovered the Vicar’s sermon of 26th July 1718 when the organ was first played. I offer some extracts as a timely anticipation of how our Cathedral organ and Choirs and music will lift our hearts and souls as we join in singing carols and celebrating the Birth of our Saviour.

The Vicar, William Ward begins: ‘Nothing can be more plain and obvious through the Book of King David’s Psalms, than that Vocal and Instrumental Musick constantly attended the Publick and Solemn Worship of Almighty God.’ King David, who features so distinctively on the Quire organ case, is praised as ‘an admirable Artist in Musick, as well Vocal as Instrumental’.

Ward then describes ‘The Benefit and Usefulness of Instrumental Musick, to elevate the Mind and excite our Devotions. Every Body knows what a Mighty Influence it has upon the minds of Men, to clear their Hearts, to raise their Affections, and to invigorate the whole Soul… And, being no less than the Gift of God, it inspires and raises up the Soul to the Love of God.’

And Ward concludes: ‘Let us tune the Harmony of our Hearts and Affections, to that of our Organ; and strive jointly, with a Holy Zeal and Resolution, Manibus Pedibusque, both with Hands and Feet, so to support the worship of God... Let a strain of true Piety and Devotion keep pace with the Harmony of our Musick. In all populous Towns and Cities of the Land, praised be God, our Churches and Organs encrease and flourish; what, therefore, have we to do, but to frequent them...?’

Please come to frequent our Carol Services – and enjoy the glorious music praising God!

The Revd Canon Dr Jo Spreadbury,

Canon Precentor


Canon Nick is at St Peter and St Paul, Hambledon at 8am and 10.30am.

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

Choir Tour The Cathedral Choir is singing Mass at Ypres Cathedral this morning and at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate this evening. The choir will be singing Evensong at St Paul’s Church Antwerp on Monday.


Christmas Fair The total raised for the Cathedral and associated groups was £6,368.67. A big “Thank You” to everyone who helped and especially to Linda Swinburne for coordinating it.


Decorating the Cathedral for Christmas Donations towards the cost of a poinsettia can be left in envelopes marked 'Flower Guild Christmas' through the donation boxes, shop or the Cathedral Offices. The Flower Guild would also welcome help to decorate on the morning of Friday 21st December. All welcome - no experience necessary. Please contact Rosemary Fairfax for more details.

Cathedral Shop has a variety of Christmas cards and gifts available. Selected items including Verbum Caro Factum Est – a CD of Advent and Christmas music by the Cathedral Choir are also available through our new online shop https://bit.ly/2RVl75V .

Food Bank Donations The Roberts Centre supports families in crisis and at the moment is short of breakfast cereals, long-life milk, pasta, tins of meat based products, cleaning materials and toilet tissue. As it is Christmas they are also asking for luxury items such as biscuits and chocolate. All donations can be left in the plastic tubs in the Cloister. Donations of food can also be left for the All Saints Asylum Seeker and Refuge Drop-In. Thank you to all those who continue to support their work.

Churches Homeless Action Churches across the city are collecting supermarket gift vouchers (£5.00 value please) to be distributed through charities which support the homeless. Please hand any donations into the Cathedral Offices or Shop by this Tuesday.

Light Up a Lantern for a loved one. If you would like to remember someone who lit up your life by having the Cathedral Tower lit on the day of your choice please contact lantern@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk or see details on the website and in the Welcome Area.

Christmas Home Communion If you are aware of anyone who is housebound who would like to receive communion, please contact the Cathedral Offices.

Crib Services Presents for under the Christmas tree can be brought to the service and will be distributed through the Roberts Centre.

Open Church If you would like to volunteer to support this initiative, that will provide accommodation and meals for eight weeks in January and February for some of Portsmouth’s homeless in local churches, please contact the Cathedral Offices for more information and application forms.

A Gift in your Will Please pick up a leaflet about legacies. If you would like to talk more about making a will or changing your will, please get in touch with Tim, Head of Fundraising tim.sledge@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk .

Wise people followed the Star! If you are searching, or have questions about life and God or what the future holds, you are invited to share your questions with other searchers in the upper room of The Dolphin Pub starting on 8th January and then 15th, 22nd and 29th at 7pm.

Living Faith Course - Mission Shaped Church This updated module, starting Wednesday 16th January, considers the challenges that face the contemporary church in the light of previous church history. For further details contact sarah.lovatt@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk .


Cathedral Christmas Carol Services 7.00pm Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd December and 6.30pm Christmas Eve. A traditional service of lessons and carols. (Please note, the Cathedral will be closed on the first three days between 4.15pm and 6.15pm).

Annual Theme Our theme in 2019 will be Living Well. During the year we will be exploring wellbeing through a range of activities and events. To launch the programme we are delighted to welcome best-selling author Ruby Wax who will be joined by Gelong Thubten and Ash Ranpura at the Cathedral on Saturday 12th January at 6.30pm. Limited tickets available via Eventbrite. This includes a complimentary signed copy of her new book “How To Be Human: The Manual”.


All those in need including: Brian, Roger, Derek, Jane, Stuart, Gita, Jenny, Alan, Freya and Donald.

And those who have died: Noel Armstead and David Banks RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

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