Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 20th May 2018


Red is the liturgical colour used on the Feast of Pentecost as the colour of fire and flames, symbolising the Holy Spirit which descended on the first apostles in tongues of fire. The red frontal we use today depicts the Holy Spirit in the form of a hovering dove, recalling how the Spirit hovered over the face of the waters at the start of creation in the book of Genesis. The flames represent the flowering of the Holy Spirit. The liturgical set is one of a number made between 2007-2009 by Jane Lemon and the Sarum Group. Red is appropriate also for services which focus on the gift of the Holy Spirit, and is therefore suitable for Baptism, Confirmation and Ordination.

The liturgical colour red is also used for martyr saints, like our own Thomas of Canterbury, and for the beginning of Holy Week. Here it is often a darker red representing the colour of blood and of sacrifice. 

On Monday, Ordinary Time (as it’s called) resumes, after the whole of Lent, Holy Week and the fifty days of Easter. The liturgical colour is green - and here we have the sea-green appropriate for our role as Cathedral of the Sea. But Ordinary Time is not really ordinary, for green is the colour of fresh growth and new opportunity. And next Sunday is Trinity Sunday, when the colour will be white like big celebrations - and weddings too - as we remember that we are each called into a relationship with God, whose very nature is a relationship of love.


The Revd Canon Dr Jo Spreadbury

Canon Precentor



Welcome to the Lord Mayor and Councillors attending the Civic Service this morning.

Thy Kingdom Come is an initiative of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to unite Christians around the world to join in prayer throughout the ten days between Ascension Day and Pentecost.  A map of the Diocese is laid out in St Thomas’s Chapel as a focus for prayer.

Art installation ‘Windows of my Mind’ in St Thomas’s Chapel until 31st May.  A freestanding sculpture featuring various picture frames and mirrors illustrate the impact of poor mental health on people’s perspective of their lives.

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


Installation of Lay Chapter and Churchwarden Please join us next Sunday morning at the 10.30am Eucharist when Emma Broome will be installed as a Lay Member of Chapter and Sue Ward as Churchwarden and Lay Canon.


Christian Aid Week Heartfelt thanks to all those who have collected house-to-house for Christian Aid. Please return your bags and envelopes to Sue Ward or leave with the vergers as soon as possible.  Don't forget to come to the continental style, with Fairtrade products, Big Brekkie next Sunday between services.  If you can help please let Sue know: sueandterryinpk@yahoo.com.

Thank you for raising £177 during Fairtrade Fortnight.  By spreading the word and supporting the work of Fairtrade, you’ve made the world of difference.

Head of Fundraising Tim Sledge our new Head of Fundraising can be contacted through tim.sledge@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk

Chapter The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting is on our noticeboard and can be downloaded here .

Tough Mudder 2018 David Price, Canon Peter, two of the Choral Scholars and some former members of the Cathedral Choir took part in the Tough Mudder yesterday to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.  This is still time to sponsor them via https://bit.ly/2GT5IBs and https://bit.ly/2GyroDm .

Retirement of The Dean David’s final service as Dean will be Choral Evensong on 10th June. The service will be followed by a reception. All welcome.  Donations for a leaving present can be made c/o Nicky Taylor.


Hampshire Artists Cooperative Exhibition Monday 21st May - Saturday 2nd June. Exhibition and sale of glass work, paintings, etchings, sculpture and ceramics. For more details visit their website https://bit.ly/2JLnViJ .

Silver Screen Film “Mamma Mia” (2008) 1.45pm Tuesday 22nd May. Our bi-monthly film screening following Cathedral Lunch Club in Becket Hall.

Art Installation:  Timepiece, Chris Jenkins from Monday: an installation exploring our Annual Theme. The new commission marks the third of a trilogy of sculptures created in religious spaces over the last seven years exploring memory, ceremony and now time.  The installation is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.  https://bit.ly/2It11zQ

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday with Theo Hornsey (flute) and Ben Banks (piano).  Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.

Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: Peter Davison 7-9pm Tuesday 22nd May at the Dolphin.  Booking essential via Eventbrite.

Family Games Day Thursday 31st May 10am – 3pm (Free, donations welcome)

Messy Cathedral at the Southsea Fitness Festival 9am-5pm Saturday 2nd June on Castle Field. There will be games and physical activities to join in followed by making fruit kebabs as a healthy snack. Come along and join in the fun!

Portsmouth Festival Choir Summer Concert 7.30pm-9.30pm Saturday 2nd June. Featuring the Rutter Mass of the Children, Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs. Tickets £12; concs £10; Students and under 18s free from the Cathedral Shop or https://bit.ly/2LcYRSA.

Modern Slavery and Restorative Time: regaining identity, renewal and hope  10.00am-3.30pm Monday 4th June. A one-day conference focused on supporting survivors of modern slavery hosted by the Diocese of Portsmouth and linked to our annual theme of TIME.  This event brings together organisations from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Modern Slavery Partnership with others who enable victims of modern slavery to start the process of recovery and rehabilitation and is open to anyone. More details and event registration through Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2Fw5FGI.

Arts Residency With generous support from the Arts Council we are offering an Arts Residency ‘The Hermitage’ as part of our annual theme events.  Details are available through https://bit.ly/2IOEUDo

Portsmouth Festivities 16th-25th June 2017.  10 days of arts, culture and heritage for all.  Details in the booklets or www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk.


All those sitting exams

All those in need including: Frank, Rachael, John, Roger, Brian, Mark, and Margaret.

And those who have died: May Aldridge, Olga Cox, Brian Dutton (Cathedral funeral 4pm Wednesday 23rd May), Sister Gwenyth SSB, Kay Lancaster, and Jacky RIP.


For complete listing of this week's notices click here.

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