Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 26th May 2019

This week has something of the ‘calm before the storm’ about it, at least in the liturgical, worshipping and diary of the cathedral and it’s community.

We thank our superb visiting choir, Cantus who regularly sing in Cathedral’s across the country. We are delighted they are here to sing our services this weekend as it is the start of our own choirs’ half term break.

Sunday’s Beating of Bounds is but the first in many moments to come over the next ten days when we as a Cathedral turn our face outwards to the community and city we serve.

Our musicians are taking part in a number of events on Southsea Common and Esplanade to mark the city’s response to the seventy fifth anniversary of D-Day.

Next weekend we shall host both BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 for broadcast services also marking this city and cathedral’s place in that great endeavour in 1944. There will also be our annual 10.30am D-Day Remembrance on Sunday 2nd June.

The memory of the Normandy Campaign is still present in so many ways. We honour all those who took part in the campaign to liberate Europe in 1944.

David Price

Organist and Master of the Choristers


Welcome to Cantus visiting choir, all those attending our services and to the family and friends of Beatrice Neale who is being baptised today.

Canon Nick is at St Mary’s Portsea this morning.

Beating the Bounds If you have not already signed up, you are very welcome to join us to Beat the Bounds after today’s 10.30am service.

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


Chapter Clerk Peter Sanders will be retiring in the summer. There will be an opportunity to say farewell and thank you to him at our Eucharist on Sunday 7th July. An application pack for the full time role of Chapter Clerk and Chief Operating Officer is on the website. Closing date for applications midday 24th June.


Volunteer Thank You To acknowledge all those who give their time and talents so generously to the Cathedral a ‘Thank You Tea’ will be held in the Nave at 5.00pm on Tuesday 25th June, followed by a special Choral Evensong. Volunteers who have not received a personal invitation Thursday next week are asked to contact the Cathedral Offices outreach@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

Christmas Fair Saturday 30th November. Further details of this important fundraising event will be available soon and we will be contacting all those who helped last year.

Sermons The text of the sermons preached by the Dean at the City Service and the Service to Commemorate the World War I Centenary Ringing by Winchester and Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers are on the Cathedral’s website.


Hampshire Calligraphers’ Exhibition: ‘Inspired by Books’ 27th May - 10th June in the Welcome Area. http://www.hampshirecalligraphers.co.uk/.

Piano Recital - The Art Society Portsea Island 1.00pm Tuesday 28th May. Helen Morris and Kate Burrows piano duo. Bring your own lunch, free cold drink. Admission £5.00, proceeds to The Arts Society Portsea Island.

Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 30th May in Becket Hall. Canon Angela Tilby – ‘My time at the BBC’. Donation £1, Free tea/coffee and biscuits.

Ascension Day Eucharist with incence 6.00pm Thursday 30th May.

Thy Kingdom Come 30th May - 9th June. A global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost. The Big Prayer Picnic 1.00pm-4.00pm Sunday 9th June at Portchester Castle. Further details https://bit.ly/2E36kAK.

D-Day75 - Sunday 2nd June - BBC Radio Live Broadcast and Recording The Morning Service on BBC Radio 4 will be broadcast live from the Cathedral at 8.10am and Radio 3 Choral Evensong (to be broadcast on Wednesday 5th June) will be recorded at 3.00pm. If you wish to attend the services please arrive between 7.30am and 7.45am or 2.30pm and 2.45pm respectively.

D-Day75 Matins Service 10.30am will be attended by the Lord Mayor and members of the D-Day and Normandy Fellowship. Our preacher will be The Revd James Francis Royal Navy, Navy Director & Chief of Staff Amport House, The Defence Centre for Religion & Belief – the home of Armed Forces Chaplaincy. The Cathedral will be closed after the service from 12.30pm in preparation for the recording of Choral Evensong. There will be a said Eucharist with hymns at 6.30pm.

Royal British Legion D-Day Remembrance Service The Cathedral Choir will be singing at the service held at the D-Day Memorial Stone by South Parade Pier at 11.00am on Thursday 6th June.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 6th June. Simon Earl (organist). Free with retiring collection and refreshments from 12.30pm.

Laithwaites Wine Tasting 7.00-9.00pm Thursday 13th June. Enjoy a selection of wines from everyday drinking to classic wines from Laithwaites’ award-winning cellars in the stunning setting of the Nave. Tickets £27.00 through Laithwaites .

Portsmouth Festivities 14th – 23rd June. The Festivities brochure is available in the Cathedral. Further details and booking https://portsmouthfestivities.co.uk/events:

Festivities Opening Gala Concert 8.00pm Friday 14th June. The Cardinall’s Musick will be joined by the Chamber Choir of the Portsmouth Grammar School. Tickets £17 (£15 concession) from Portsmouth Festivities.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm each day Monday 17th – Friday 21st June. Free with retiring collection and light refreshments from 12.30pm.

Recital Ka Wai Cheng and Kate Burrows 7.30pm Tuesday 18th June. Clarinet and piano. Tickets £5 from Portsmouth Festivities.

D-Day 75th Anniversary Concert 7.30pm Thursday 20th June. Join the Cathedral Choir, The Portsmouth Grammar School and other local school choirs in a concert of British and French music, marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Tickets £10 from Portsmouth Festivities.

Tenbrae Consort: Medieval Chant & Tallis Lamentations 8.15pm Friday 21st June. Tickets £17 (£15 concession) from Portsmouth Festivities.

Seafood on the Green 12.30-2.30pm Saturday 22nd June. The Cathedral of the Sea welcomes you to a rustic lunch with wine and music. Join us as we sample the delights caught by local fisherman. Food and drink available from £5.

Festivities Organ Concert – David Briggs 2.00pm Saturday 22nd June. Tickets £12 (£10 concs) from Portsmouth Festivities, also available on the door and from the Cathedral Shop.

Moonlit Memories Walk in aid of Rowans Hospice Saturday 15th June. The Cathedral will be open to welcome those taking part and to light a candle in memory of a loved one from 10pm. If you would like to help welcome visitors please contact the Dean’s EA liz.snowball@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

A Reflective Afternoon 2.00-4.30pm Wednesday 19th June in an Emsworth home and garden. Drinks and strawberries provided. To book a place, and to arrange transport, please contact the Cathedral Shop. Suggested donation £5.00, places limited.


All those preparing for and sitting public exams

All those being baptised: Beatrice Neale

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

And those who have died: Vishwamrit Gunga, Michael Yorke (Priest) and Tom Hogarth RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

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