Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 12th August 2018
In the medieval period the time from mid-June through to early August was a time of holy days and pilgrimage to the shrines of saints. There are a number of feasts in the old church calendar that marked the translation of a saint’s relics from one place to another (and now function as alternative feast dates to those for saints days in mid-winter, including our own St Thomas of Canterbury whose translation is celebrated on 7th July), and these were marked with journeys to visit the shrines. This was a time of travelling and holy days (holidays) that offered refreshment before the toil of harvest.
This was the origin of the modern holiday, but the understanding was very different. There is a tendency in contemporary society to think of holiday and travel as being simply about leisure and pleasure. Indeed, such a view of life is often held up to be a form of paradise, as if doing nothing at all is amazing. Yet most of us would get pretty bored of this fairly quickly, and we would seek something that is more meaningful to do with our time that offers refreshment for our soul. The best holidays are those in which we do relax and refresh, but in which we also find something that resources our mind and soul. This means looking beyond the trivial sense of pleasure to ask the question ‘how should I spend my time so that I am more the person that God would have me be?’ This may be found in prayer, reading or art, or simply talking with others.
This is not of course to suggest we should over romanticize the pilgrimages and holy days of the medieval period: Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales should warn us away from that. Yet, even Chaucer’s pilgrims engaged in a practice that was spiritually purposeful in that they formed a company that shared their stories as they walked on toward a spiritual goal. Perhaps in that there is a model of what good holidays should be like: reflection and community.
Our Sunday Gospel readings this month have reminded us of the need to be spiritually fed. As we go off on holiday, it is worth asking what we need to be fed in order to be refreshed for daily life.
Reverend Canon Dr Anthony Rustell
Welcome to the Open University Chapel Choir who lead the music at services this weekend.
Refreshments Fresh homemade lemonade will be served on the west front after the 10.30am service weather permitting.
The List and Events Listings are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Cushions Many of you will have noticed that the cushions in the stalls are in need of replacement. A design has been agreed and thanks to a very generous donation the materials have been purchased. If you are proficient at tapestry and would be interested in working one of the cushions please contact Canon Jo or Liz Snowball in the Cathedral Offices. Full instructions will be provided and it is hoped to have the cushions complete by the New Year.
Repairs and Conservation A site office will be located in the compound on the North side of the Nave at the end of next week. The windows in the Navy Aisle are at Chapel Studios for repair and the South Path is out of use whilst repairs to the flat roofs and masonry are carried out. The works are due to be completed by early November.
Appointment of Dean Following Dean David’s retirement the vacancy has now been advertised. Details https://bit.ly/2zWrJgi. The Bishop has appointed Canon Peter Leonard as Acting Dean during the vacancy.
Annual Theme Pete Codling will be working in the Cathedral for the Hermitage Artist Residency from the end of August until mid-October. His work will be funded by the Arts Council.
Pantomime Lunch The 13th annual lunch will be held at Abarbistro on 21st September, as we once again support the EC Roberts Centre by raising funds to give some of the children a wonderful time at the Kings Theatre pantomime ‘Cinderella’. This is always a popular event and all tickets have now been sold, BUT, we are always grateful for any donations, which will go towards the children’s Christmas party, that we also help fund. Enquires to Gerry Chilton.
Do Something Different Days 10.00am–3.30pm. Dates include Tuesday 21st August at St Faith’s and Wednesday 29th August at St Mary’s Fratton. Full details and dates on posters. Cost £6 per person. Places must be booked in advance Jill.Phipps@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk or 07710 394351.
Old Bank Notes It is still possible for us to bank old style bank notes so if you find any do please consider donating them to the Cathedral!
End Hunger UK Petition If you would like to sign a petition to fix universal credit to prevent more people getting hungry in the UK, Sue Ward will have a copy of the petition and will be in the Cathedral after the 10.30am and 6.00pm services today. Alternatively you can add your name online and further details are available at http://www.endhungeruk.org .
Foodbank Appeal Donations of tinned or dry food, toiletries and cleaning items can be left in the boxes in the Cloister and will be distributed through the Roberts Centre and All Saints Asylum Centre.
Explore the BIG questions and break the taboo hosted by Carol Gully, Spiritual Care Chaplain. 1.30-3.30pm Thursday 23rd August at the Rowans Living Well Centre, PO7 5RU. Join us for tea, cake and a chance to talk. Please ring 023 9224 8011 to let us know you are coming.
Job Opportunity Due to the retirement of Jill Phipps, Portsmouth Deanery is advertising for an Older Persons Pioneer Minister to coordinate a project supporting older people and those who work alongside them both spiritually and practically. 21 hours p.w., £14,500 p.a. two year fixed contract with possibility of extending. Closing date 24th August. Full details and an application form: email@example.com.
Open Church Project in conjunction with the Society of St James. Some of the churches in Portsmouth are planning to provide overnight accommodation, an evening meal and breakfast for up to 12 rough sleepers every night between 7th January and 4th March 2019. Please contact Revd Adam Denley for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org or 023 9275 0442.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: Paul McGann /John Hurt 7.00-9.00pm Tuesday 21st August at the Dolphin. Free event. Booking essential via Eventbrite.
“Timepiece - Monolith” All are welcome to a reception with the artist Chris Jenkins at 7.00pm on Wednesday 22nd August. https://bit.ly/2It11zQ.
RSCM Voices South Lunchtime Concert 1.10pm Friday 31st August. Free entry with a retiring collection.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those preparing for baptism: Isla Heath-Peckham.
All those receiving exam results
All those in need including: Frank, Rachael, Brian, Mark, Margaret, Roger and Tricia.
And those who have died: Phyllis Batten, Anthony Caesar (priest), Peter Care, Joan Compton, Arthur Dean (priest), and John Ratcliffe RIP.
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