Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 3rd March 2019


‘Shriving’ – a word I can’t quite believe is real, and yet for some strange reason I’m glad it does for I take great pleasure in saying it. In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receives absolution for them. It’s a very old tradition indeed. Over 1000 years ago a monk wrote in the Anglo-Saxon Ecclesiastical Institutes: ‘In the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him.’ Try and say that last bit 5 times and very quickly!

But Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it's the last day before Lent. Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that you might be giving up during Lent.  

After such celebrations we enter into a challenging period of the church calendar, particularly for those who choose to give up coffee and other such ‘necessities’ to their everyday life. In one sense, the huge sacrifice helps us and reminds us that our dependency should be in God alone and not in our daily material comforts. On the other hand we often forget the purpose of our sacrifice, and never quite move past the feeling of hardship, telling anyone who will listen about how hard we have it this Lent. I am certainly not shy when it comes to sharing in such a manner.

But I like what Archbishop Justin Welby said recently in a Facebook post; ‘But as well as giving something up, I want to suggest something else you could try this year. As well as stopping something, how about starting something?’ He goes on to suggest it could be as simple as choosing to pray for someone you know, each day. Or one act of kindness a day. By doing so we can have our eyes opened to the needs around us, and to not only remember that the world’s dependency should be placed in God but begin to see how God chooses to use us in meeting those needs.

I’m going to give up all intentional sugar, and I’m going to take up sending an encouragement to a different person each day.

 Have fun on Tuesday.

The Revd Matt Bray Cathedral Curate                                                                                


Welcome to those joining us this evening for the installation as Honorary and Lay Canons of the Revd Julie Price, Associate Priest at Warblington and Emsworth, Sir David Normington and Sarah McCarthy-Fry.

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

Chapter  If you would like to know more about the new elections for two lay members of Chapter who will be elected at the APCM in April please join Canon Peter in the Bishop Kenneth Room after this morning’s service or contact the Chapter Clerk.


Congratulations to Cathedral Sing which has been awarded a grant of £5,000 spread over three years from the Friends of Cathedral Music and to the Education Team awarded a grant of £2,000 from the Didymus Trust for our work with schools.

Committee Appointments Caroline Willett has been appointed by Chapter as the Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee in succession to John Hill. Caroline, who is a Senior Lecturer in the business school at the University of Portsmouth and a Chartered Accountant, has been a member of the FIC since 2017.  Chapter wishes to thank John for his contribution towards the stewardship of the cathedral’s finances and investments and in particular to his work to explore income generation. Mary Makin, Acting Finance Director at the dioceses of Winchester and Portsmouth, joins Paul Mitchell and Georgianna Rustell as a member of the commitee. Mel Howse, a designer of architectural and stained glass, has been appointed as a member of the Fabric Advisory Committee following the resignation of Robert Hunt.

Staff News Tim Sledge, our Head of Fundraising, is taking up the opportunity of being the Director of Fundraising and Communications with XLP a charity working with challenging situations, individuals and groups in deprived areas of London.  Our Marketing Coordinator, John Bolt, is leaving us to focus on his academic work and role at the Museum of the Royal Navy.  We thank them both for all that they have achieved in raising the profile of the Cathedral and generating income. 


Confirmation preparation If you are interested in preparing for Confirmation at the Easter Vigil a group for young people will be meeting midweek at 4.00pm on Tuesdays (from 5th March); a group for adults will probably meet on Sunday afternoons at 4.00pm (from 17th March). Please contact Canon Jo for details.

Bishop’s Lent Appeal The focus of this year’s Lent Appeal will be Mental Health, and the support of people, especially children and young people, with mental health difficulties. Envelopes for donations will be in the Cathedral from Ash Wednesday.

Palm Sunday Crosses Please return last year’s crosses by tomorrow to be burnt for use on Ash Wednesday.

Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral The Spring Newsletter, including details of the summer visit to The Vyne has been sent to Friends.  Details of membership are available in the Cathedral or through the website.

Frank Reid It is with great sadness that we report the death of Frank Reid our former Churchwarden and Shop Manager. His funeral will be held at the Cathedral at 1.30pm on Wednesday 13th March.  (The planned Quiet Afternoon has been postponed.)  Please hold Tracy and the family in your prayers.

Skittles Evening 7.30pm Friday 29th March at the Royal Maritime Club. Tickets £12.00 available from the Cathedral Shop.

Vacancy  Deanery Administrator 27.5 hours p/w (FTE salary  £17,500pa).  mainly based at St Faith’s Church, Crasswell Street, Landport, Further details from: vicar@portseaparish.co.uk. Closing date Friday 8th  March


Lunchtime Live
1.10pm this Thursday. Solent Baroque, free with retiring collection.  Refreshments available from 12.30pm.  

Solent Symphony Orchestra Concert: ’Sketches of Spain’, in the Cathedral 7.30pm Saturday 9 March. Tickets available from https://bit.ly/2H9HzGc and the Cathedral Shop.

Living Well – Please join us as we continue to explore wellbeing and mental health through a range of events and services including:

·         Symposium: Value, Place & Purpose 10.00am-2.00pm tomorrow 4th March in Becket Hall. Further details https://bit.ly/2QORVfT .

·         Living Well in the presence of God: exploring paths of prayer and meditation for Lent 6.30pm–8.00pm Wednesdays from 13th March.  A five week course led by Canon Angela Tilby, the Revd Dr Ruth Tuschling and Canon Jo Spreadbury following Evening Prayer. May also run on Thursday afternoons between 2.30-4.00pm from 14th March.

Installation of Dean of Portsmouth 4.00pm Saturday 16th March Tickets for those who have requested them are available for collection in the Welcome Area .Additional tickets are available from the offices installation@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk or the Churchwardens.

Congregational Lunch to welcome the Dean 12.00pm Sunday 24th March.  Please see the sign-up sheet in the Welcome Area for details.



All those being baptised: Henry de la Rue

All those in need including: Brian, Roger, Derek, Jane, Stuart, Jenny, Freya, Donald, Mandy, Robert and Lizzie.

And those who have died: Graham Carpenter, Jan Jones, Frank Reid, John Varney and Daphne Nicholson RIP

Sunday 3rd March, Sunday next before Lent

0800       Holy Communion (BCP said)

1030       Eucharist sung by the Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars

                         Preacher: Kitty Price, (Cathedral Reader)

                         Readings: Exodus 34.29-end; Luke 9.28-36

1300       Holy Baptism

1800       Evensong with Installation of Honorary Canon and Lay Canons

sung by the Cathedral Consort; Preacher: The Bishop

                         Readings: Exodus 3.1-6; John 12.27-36a

This Week

Monday          0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

                         1800   Evening Prayer Said

Tuesday          0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

                         1000   Funeral – Graham Carpenter RIP

                         1800   Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Wednesday   0740   Morning Prayer

                         0800   Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes              

                         1200   Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes and Prayers for

                                                                                                Wholeness and Healing

                         1400   Baby and Toddler Group

                     1800   Eucharist for Ash Wednesday with Imposition of Ashes sung

                                                                         by the Layclerks and Choral Scholars

                                 Preacher: Canon Angela Tilby

Thursday        0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

     1800   Choral Evensong sung by Cantate

Friday                 0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

                         1200   Holy Communion

                         1800   Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Saturday         1700   Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Consort

Sunday 10th March, First Sunday of Lent

0800       Holy Communion (BCP said)

1030       Eucharist with Baptism sung by the Cathedral Choir

                         Preacher: The Canon Precentor

                         Readings: Deuteronomy  26.1-11; Luke 4.1-13

1800       Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

                         Preacher: The Acting Dean; Readings: Jonah 3; Luke 18.9-14

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