If you were not able to be at our Candlemas celebration last week you will have missed an evocative moment in our annual liturgical cycle in the form of the following words….
‘Here we turn from Christ’s birth to his passion. Help us, for whom Lent is near, to enter deeply into the Easter mystery.’
In so doing, we turned our backs on the season of Christmas and look once again through Lent towards Easter.
This week we mark the beginning of Lent at our Ash Wednesday services at 8am, 12noon and 6pm. Our Lenten Liturgy is usually introduced thus; ‘Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence. Since the Middle Ages it has been the custom to begin Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross. This is an outward expression of our mourning and repentance for the sins which took Christ to the cross. We are also reminded of our mortality. The words ‘Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return’ strip us of all our pretensions: we are no more than dust and ashes without God.’
Bereavement tests us of course. But a few days ago we learnt of the death of a dear member of our worshipping community, Val Voaden and we remember her alongside others known to us including Alex Findlay, Alex Robertson, Joan Russell and Diocesan Priests Canon Brian Hammond and Canon David Partridge. Amidst the undoubted and understandable sadness and pain at their parting, especially for their families and friends, we also hold to the hope of the truth of the Resurrection and for the timeless joy of the Easter message of life after death, hope not despair, joy instead of sadness. Because into that dust God has breathed his Spirit and will restore us in his image. This is the goal and purpose of the Christian journey through life. Lent rehearses that journey through the wilderness in Christ’s company, learning to follow his example and obey his will. It is a time for pilgrimage, a time for growth.
Organist and Master of the Choristers
Canon Peter is at Holy Trinity, Fareham this morning.
Services and Events The latest edition of our Monthly Events listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
The Cathedrals Working Group draft report A working group convened by the Archbishops to consider the governance and sustainability of cathedrals reported last month. The group is encouraging a wide consultation and feedback. Anyone wishing to discuss the report and its recommendations is invited to a brief meeting at approximately 11.45am next Sunday. The report is at: http://bit.ly/2DoaaqO and a copy is in the Welcome Area.
Bishop’s Lent Appeal Refugee and Neighbour Gift Aid envelopes for this year’s appeal, which supports Christian Aid and local charities, will be available in the Cathedral from Ash Wednesday. Details here.
Good Neighbours Network Old Portsmouth information event Monday 5.00-7.00pm at John Pounds Centre, 23 Queen Street. If you live or work here and have been thinking you might be interested in doing something with a community focus, do please come along and we can help you to help others.
Lent Book Club 7.00-8.30pm on Mondays between 19th February to 26th March at Terry and Sue Wards’ home. ‘Becoming Friends with Time’ by John Swinton is available to purchase from the Cathedral Shop at a discounted price. For a summary of the book contents: http://amzn.to/2BIu9Li. If you would like to attend or for further details please contact Sarah Lovatt.
Our Head Verger, Malina Green, will be cutting 12 inches off her hair on Saturday to donate to the Little Princess Trust and help raise funds towards their valuable work, providing wigs to children who have lost their own hair, due illnesses. For more details or to sponsor http://bit.ly/2F8l6Fk.
Christmas Fair (Saturday 1st December) Linda Swinburne has offered to take on the co ordinating role this year and in the coming months will be getting in touch with potential stall holders, cake, and preserve makers. Seville oranges are still available so although the fair is some way off please could marmalade makers consider making some extra so we have plenty this year! Thank you.
Mothering Sunday Posies The Flower Guild are looking for volunteers to help make posies on the morning of Saturday 10th March. If you would like to help, please contact Rosemary Fairfax through the Cathedral Offices.
Fairtrade Fortnight 26th February-11th March. Events include a Fairtrade Breakfast at the Cathedral on Sunday 11th March. Details on posters.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Silver Screen 2.00pm this Tuesday: Miss Potter (2006). Our bi-monthly film following Lunch Club in Becket Hall. Free but pick up a ticket from the Cathedral Shop.
Shrove Tuesday Family Activity Day and Community Evening 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 Canterbury. Drinks and pancakes
will be served. RSVP email@example.com.
Creative Spirituality Evening 7.00-9.00pm Tuesday 20th February. All are welcome to join Sharon Court for two hours of dedicated space and time to be creative and reflective in the Cathedral.
Lunchtime Live next recital 1.10pm Thursday 22nd February.
Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 22nd February in Becket Hall. Dr John Stedman, Archivist at Portsmouth Libraries and Archives, Portsmouth rebuilt. Free, small donation if staying for tea/coffee.
Doctor Who - Adventures in Time and Faith: Patrick Troughton 7.00- 9.00pm Tuesday 27th February 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.
Skittles Match against Gunwharf Quays Residents. 7.30pm Friday 23rd March at the Royal Maritime Club Queen Street. Tickets £10.00 to include a basket supper. Please put the date in your diary.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Martin, Frank, Christine, Roger, Amanda, Rachael, John, Wayne, and Brian.
And those who have died: Brian Hammond (Priest), Alex Findlay (Cathedral Funeral Service 1.30pm Friday 16th February), Bruce Miller, David Partridge (Priest), Alex Robertson, Joan Russell, Val Voaden (Cathedral Funeral Service 1.30pm Monday 19th February) and Natalie Hastings RIP.
For complete listing of this week's notices click here