Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 7th April 2019

One of the great untruths of the modern age is the idea that all time is uniform and equally empty of meaning. Secular time asserts that one day is much like any other: nothing but an expanse into which a certain amount of activity can take place. Without a sense of divine direction, purposeful events or progress, modern societies find it difficult to assess any meaning in time and its associated activity beyond a sense of productivity and time wasted.

Yet we know that life is not at all like that. Time is not uniform in nature: there are seasons of growth, reproduction and hibernation. The annual cycle gives us long warm days in summer that are quite unlike the cold dark days of winter. To assert that all time is the same is to assert a disembodied view of life that is alien to our lived experience.

Further, for humans time is not uniformly meaningless, but is punctuated by meaningful singularities that give us a sense of who we are: we can remember vividly such days as when we met our other half, when we proposed, when we got married, the arrival of children, exam days and graduation (and ordination and first mass for some). I cannot remember the same level of detail about what I did yesterday as that which I can recall about the birth of my children.

For Christians Christ’s life, death and resurrection are central to our understanding of God, human life and the cosmos: these events tell us who God is and who we are. Passiontide and Holy Week are a call to immerse ourselves in holy time. We walk with Jesus through his final days on earth at the same pace that Jesus lived those days. This is because these days are particularly meaningful: they mark out events through which God redeems and transforms his entire creation.

As our country goes through a particularly stressful time of seeking its identity, I commend to you the opportunity to mark out meaningful time. The services and events of Holy Week will challenge us to ask what life is about, and I feel that that is precisely the question that our politicians need to ask as they make decisions that will impact on the welfare of others.

The Reverend Canon Dr Anthony Rustell

Residentiary Canon


Canon Peter is at St James’, Milton this morning.

Welcome to those attending our services, especially to Chorus ad Vincula who are leading the music at our services today.

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 and secondary Ark Ayrton, Cottage Grove and St John’s College have learned about Holy Week and the joy of the resurrection at Easter. 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 remain in the Cathedral for all to use as a resource to reflect on the events of Holy Week.


Annual Accounts The 2018 Financial Statements agreed by Chapter on Monday will be on the website and in the Cathedral next week.

Cathedral Council The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting is on the noticeboard and website.

Easter Egg Appeal Please leave donations of Easter Eggs for children and young people supported by Home Start, the Southern Domestic Abuse Service and the Roberts Centre at the Cathedral Shop. Last day for donations Sunday 14th April.

Easter Lilies If you would like to donate the cost of an Easter lily (£2.50) in memory of a loved one, please complete a form from the Cathedral Shop or printed from our website. Last day for inclusion is Sunday 14th April.

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.

Electoral Roll The roll, together with amendment slips, is on display in the Welcome Area. Applications to join the roll will be added after the APCM.

Churchwardens and Chapter Membership At this year’s Annual Meetings to be held on Sunday 28th April two Churchwardens will be elected one of which will also be a lay member of Chapter. If you would like to know more about this important role in the Cathedral’s governance, please contact the Chapter Clerk or speak to the Dean and Canons. A Role Description and nomination forms are available from the Cathedral Offices.

Installation of the Dean of Portsmouth Highlights of the Dean’s Installation can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhFyKEgn24E.

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. The new series starts on Thursday 24th April.

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.

Thy Kingdom Come 31st May - 8th June. Two weeks of prayer within churches, culminating in an open air ecumenical event at 1.00-4.00pm on Sunday 9th June at Portchester Castle. Further details https://bit.ly/2E36kAK .

Portsmouth Festivities 14th – 23rd June. Brochures are now available in the Cathedral or visit https://portsmouthfestivities.co.uk/.

Vacancy If you would like to join the staff team as a Choir Matron, part-time during Choir Term (including Easter and Christmas) 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 Revd Canon Angela Tilby is our preacher for Holy Week.

Pete Codling ‘Soup of Souls’ Exhibition The dramatic exhibition of ‘Time’ themed charcoal drawings by Pete Codling, who spent time in the Cathedral last year during the Arts Council funded residency has been extended to 23rd June.

Silver Screen - “Up” (2009) 2.00pm this Tuesday. Bi-monthly film screening following lunch in Becket Hall. Free, tickets available from the Cathedral Shop.

Living Well in the presence of God: exploring paths of prayer and meditation for Lent 6.30-8.00pm after Evening Prayer this Wednesday and Thursday 2.30-4.00pm.

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.

Portsmouth Cathedral ‘Rumfest’ 6.30-10.30pm Saturday 11th May. A wonderful event in an amazing space 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.


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, Mike and Laurence.

And those who have died: Jeannette Freake RIP.

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

Portsmouth Cathedral