Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 2nd June 2019

This year’s D-Day 75 commemorations happen to be taking place in between the feasts of Ascension and Pentecost. In recent years this ten day period has become the focus of a global prayer movement called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. Across the Diocese of Portsmouth there will be ecumenical prayer meetings every day, open to all, in a variety of locations. Concluding the ten days of prayer on Pentecost Sunday (9th June) will be The Big Prayer Picnic in the grounds of Portchester Castle, 1.00pm to 4.00pm (picnicking is at 2.30pm, when the main prayer and worship event begins).

Seventy five years ago the open air activity in Portsmouth was of a rather different nature, as the land, sea and air forces of the allies (drawn from a dozen nations, with the British and Americans the most numerous) prepared for the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy. It is a tribute to what they achieved, at huge cost, that we now have the freedom to pray and celebrate in relative peace, for all the turmoils and conflicts of this present time.

Pope Francis, in his message of support for ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, speaks of the need to pray for God’s Holy Spirit to enlarge and widen our hearts. Reflecting on the bravery and fortitude of D-Day, and the necessary collaboration involving a multitude of nations, might be a way into praying that prayer. After all, people of different languages finding common cause has something Pentecostal about it, and requires a widening and enlarging of hearts.

I look forward, in this coming week, both to paying tribute to all involved in D-Day seventy five years ago, and to praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’; that the freedom, reconciliation and peace that comes from God may flourish in the lives of us as individuals, communities and nations.

The Very Revd Dr Anthony Cane

Dean of Portsmouth


Welcome to all those attending our services today, particularly members of the D-Day and Normandy Fellowship. This morning’s service will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 4, and Choral Evensong at 3.00pm will be recorded to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 3.30pm on Wednesday 5th June.

Canon Nick is at St James’ Milton at 8.00am this morning.

D-Day 75 The D-Day and Normandy Fellowship window cartoon is on display in the Quire and a Book of Remembrance, plus other artifacts and mementos from 1944.

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


Cathedral Sing The Cathedral Choir joined 180 children from schools across the Isle of Wight to give a concert at Newport Minster on Friday 24th May. The children had been working with members of our Cathedral Sing outreach project this month.


D-Day 75 The Cathedral Tower will be lit yellow from the 1st-9th June to commemorate the anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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 are asked to contact the Cathedral Offices at outreach@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

Archdeacon of Portsmouth All are welcome to attend a farewell service for Archdeacon Joanne on Saturday 22nd June at 5pm at St Luke’s & St Peter’s, Greetham Street. If you would like to contribute towards a leaving present then please contact the Diocesan or the Cathedral offices for further details. Please include Joanne and her family in your prayers as she prepares for her consecration.

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 are on the website. Closing date for applications midday 24th June.

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 or recordings of recent sermons including those preached by the Dean at the City Service and the Service to Commemorate the World War 1 Centenary Ringing by Winchester and Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers are available on the Cathedral’s website.


Thy Kingdom Come until 9th June. A global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray during the 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost. A full list of events is available in the Cathedral and on the Cathedral’s website.

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

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.

Craft and Chat 2.30pm Thursday 6th June in the Bishop Kenneth Room.

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 JuneA leaflet of all events is available in the Cathedral. Visit https://portsmouthfestivities.co.uk/events for details and book tickets.

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.

Vigil for Refugees Monday 17th June.  A vigil marking Refugee Week with Michael Woolley, Coordinator of Friends Without Borders and Roger Pask, Chairman Emeritus of Sanctuary, Chichester between Morning Prayer at 7.40am and Choral Evensong at 6.00pm.  Reflections of 4-5 minutes every hour on the hour.  All are invited to join the vigil for as short or as long as possible.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm 17th – 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.  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 sample delights caught by local fisherman.  Food and drink available.

Festivities Organ Concert – David Briggs 2.00pm Saturday 22nd June.  Tickets £12 (£10 concession) 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 led by Canon Angela Tilby.  To book a place, and to arrange transport, please contact the Cathedral Shop.  Suggested donation £5.00, places limited.


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

And those who have died: Vishwamrit Gunga, Michael Yorke (Priest), Tom Hogarth, Roger Sutton, Phyllis Hughes and Robin Sard RIP.

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

Tim Burnett