Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 14th April 2019

In the End, God…

The Christian faith is in decline in Britain with a majority claiming to have no religion. This year’s Holy Week talks and sermons by Canon Angela Tilby will address the reasons for this loss of faith and explore what the cross and resurrection might mean today for those who persist in believing - and for those who would like to believe.

The first sermon will be at Evensong tonight, after the Cathedral Choir sings Bairstow’s haunting ‘Lamentations’. ‘The End of the Road’ will consider what the events of Holy Week say to our age of anxiety and foreboding. The series of addresses continues on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7.30pm when the Choir will sing other settings of the Lamentations each evening, followed by Compline. ‘The End of Faith’, ‘The End of Reason’ and ‘The End of Freedom’ will consider the reasons often given for the loss of religious faith and will show these are more fragile than we have been led to think.

On Maundy Thursday, as we recall Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples, ‘The End of Humanity’ will explore the significance of Christian compassion. We are reminded of Jesus’ agony in Gethsemane as, after Communion, the altars are stripped and a watch of prayer is kept until midnight. From midday on Good Friday, ‘The End of God’ will be addressed from four viewpoints: the end of sin; the end of pain; the end of death; the end of hell. The Good Friday Liturgy from 2pm then invites us to come to the foot of the Cross to recognise and receive Christ’s broken body for ourselves.

A number of Cathedral candidates will be confirmed by the Bishop alongside others from the diocese at the Easter Vigil at 8pm on Saturday: do come to support them and experience the exhilaration and joy of Easter hope. Then we gather on Easter Day when the Bishop presides and the Dean preaches in the morning and the newly -confirmed share Communion and know Christ’s eternal promises. ‘The End of Ends’ concludes Angela Tilby’s series of sermons at Evensong on Easter Day, and looks at how resurrection hope frees us from the tyrannies that oppress humanity.

The Reverend Canon Dr Jo Spreadbury

Canon Precentor


Welcome to those attending our services, especially to the families and friends of Murilo Kirby and Ivy Osborn who are being baptised.

Palm Sunday Our 10.30am service starts at Grand Parade before the procession to the Cathedral. Parking for those who normally park on the west front is available on the south paving.

The Service and Events Lists are available in the Cathedral or on the website.


The Education team A total of 210 children from local primary schools Ark Ayrton, Cottage Grove and St John’s College learned about Holy Week and the joy of the resurrection at our Easter workshops. As always, huge thanks go to the volunteers who support the activities, without whom we would not be able to run them. Prayer Stations, from these workshops, will remain in the Cathedral for all to use as a resource to reflect on the events of Holy Week.


Annual Meetings, Elections and Electoral Roll The Annual Parochial Church Meeting and meeting of Parishioners take place on Sunday 28th April at 12 noon in Becket Hall. This year for the first time there will be an opportunity to elect lay members of Chapter, the Cathedral’s governing body. Elections will be for one Churchwarden who will also be a lay member of Chapter, one other churchwarden and one further lay member of Chapter. A Role Description and details of eligibility for Lay Chapter and all nomination forms are available from the Cathedral Offices or the clergy. The 2018 Financial Statements, agreed by Chapter and received by Council and minutes of the 2018 APCM are on the website and noticeboard. Annual Reports will be available next week. The Electoral Roll is now on display in the Welcome Area. New applications will be added after the APCM.

Becket’s Bunch Our Sunday group for young children will meet in the Bishop Kenneth Room during the 10.30am Eucharist on Palm Sunday and on Easter Day.

Easter Egg Appeal Sunday 14th April is the last day for donations which will be distributed through Home Start, the Southern Domestic Abuse Service and the Roberts Centre.

Easter Lilies If you would like to donate the cost of an Easter lily (£2.50) in memory of a loved one please complete one of the forms available in the Cathedral and return it by Sunday 14th April.

Pastoral Care If anyone has a pastoral concern and would like to speak to someone, please contact the Precentor 023 9275 2335 or the Dean 023 9282 4400.

Spiritual Advice or Confession If you would like spiritual advice or wish to make your confession before Easter please speak to one of the clergy direct.

Living Faith Course Module 5 - Exploring the Bible Old Testament, a 10 week evening course will start on Wednesday 24th April. Please contact the Cathedral Offices for further details.

Toddler and Baby Group and Lunch Club will be taking a break for Easter and will restart on Wednesday 24th and Tuesday 30th April respectively.

Canon Peter Donations towards Canon Peter’s leaving present can be made via the Cathedral Shop or offices clearly marked please. There is a card to sign in the Welcome Area. If you would like to make an electronic transfer please contact nicky.taylor@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk. Peter’s final services will be on Sunday 28th April and there will be a reception and presentation following Choral Evensong.

Maundy Thursday anyone wishing to take part in the Foot Washing during the 7.00pm Eucharist of the Last Supper is invited to contact Canon Jo. Also people to sign up for the Watch of Prayer which follows the service – 30 minute slots from 9.00pm to midnight. Please contact Canon Jo for details.

Lunchtime Live We are looking for volunteers to make and sell sandwiches and hot drinks at our term-time weekly recital series on Thursdays. For further information or to volunteer please contact Tim Burnett in the Cathedral Offices.

Vacancy If you would like to join the staff team as a Choir Matron, part-time during Choir Term (including Easter and Christmas) then please contact liz.snowball@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk for details and an application form. The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


Holy Week and Easter Services Leaflets are available in the Cathedral and details on the Cathedral’s website.

The Crucifixion by Stainer 7.00pm Friday 19th April. The RCSM Come and Sing performance of this famous oratorio. Tickets £5. For booking and more details email rscmportsmouth@gmail.com.

Lunchtime Live our next concert will be on Thursday 25th April. Gary Sieling (organist). Free with retiring collection. Refreshments available from 12.30pm.

Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 25th April in Becket Hall. Theresa Bailey – Celebrating 25 years of Rowans Hospice. Donation £1, free tea/coffee and biscuits.

Portsmouth Cathedral ‘Rumfest’ 6.30-10.30pm Saturday 11th May. A wonderful event featuring live music and plenty of rums to sample and enjoy – all included in the price. In addition there will be a ‘Rum Shack’ selling rum cocktails and food. Tickets £25.00 via Eventbrite.


Those being baptised today: Murilo Kirby and Ivy Osborn.

All those preparing for baptism and confirmation at Easter including: Ed, George, Sam, Emilia, Olivia, Brent, David, James and Linda.

All those in need including: Roger, Stuart, Freya, Donald, Mandy, Robert, Lizzie and Laurence.

And those who have died: Jeannette Freake, Marilyn Lee, Michael Purvis (Cathedral funeral 12.45pm Wednesday 1st May) and Francois RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

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