Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 9th June 2019

“Ordinary Time resumes”

On the Monday after Pentecost, a note in the liturgical calendar and on our Music List here, says ‘Ordinary Time resumes’. We go back to the liturgical colour green for the long stretch of the summer through to November. Green is the colour of ‘Ordinary time’, the colour of growth as our faith grows and deepens after the great cycles of the Christmas and Easter mysteries.

But Ordinary Time is not that ordinary. Next Sunday is Trinity Sunday, which is kept in white, and beyond that we will keep Corpus Christi on Wednesday 19th with a 6pm Sung Eucharist.

And because this is Portsmouth Cathedral, Ordinary Time is not ordinary at all! We begin the Portsmouth Festivities on Friday this week with a splendid Gala concert. At 10.30am next Sunday we will be joined by a Norwegian Choir, Malvik Blandakor, from Trondheim, Norway for the Festivities opening service, and we have a week of lunchtime recitals and other concerts to enjoy here throughout the following week, including a special D-Day Concert on Thursday 20th. Plus more recitals, talks and concerts as members of the Federation of Cathedral Old Chorister Associations join us from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd June. And a series of sermons on Mental Health begins at Evensong on Sunday 23rd, to link with our Living Well theme.

Ordinary Time is not ordinary in the usual sense. But then God’s blessings and mercies are not ordinary.

The Reverend Canon Dr Jo Spreadbury

Canon Precentor


Welcome to all those attending our services and to the family and friends of Jude and Linus being baptised today.

Canon Anthony is at Holy Trinity, Blendworth this morning.

Thy Kingdom Come A global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray during the 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost. A map of the Diocese is laid out in St Thomas’s Chapel as a focus for prayer. Diocesan events culminate today with The Big Prayer Picnic at Portchester Castle 1.30pm-2.30pm and between 2.30-4.00pm with the main prayer and worship event.

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


Appointments Those of you who read the Church Times may have spotted that the current edition contains not one but two Portsmouth Cathedral advertisements. We are seeking replacements for Peter Sanders as Chapter Clerk and Peter Leonard as Canon Chancellor. As it happens we also have vacancies in the areas of marketing and fundraising. Much thought has gone into the way forward on all these posts, including some revision of job description. With next Sunday’s notices, I plan to include a letter giving more information about all of this. My one-to-one meetings with the churchwardens, Chapter members, and other members of the Cathedral community, have been extremely helpful in this process; and indeed has Bishop Christopher, who appoints the Canon Chancellor. More next week! In the meantime, I wish you a joyful Pentecost, full of the gifts of the Spirit. The Dean.

D-Day 75 Services Last week’s broadcasts of BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3 can be listened to through BBC Sounds. The sermon preached by the Revd James Francis RN at our D-Day Remembrance and Thanksgiving Service is available on the website.


Vacancies Application packs for the roles of Canon Chancellor and Vice Dean and Chapter Clerk are available on the Cathedral’s website.

Volunteer Week Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time and talents so generously and without whom we would not be able to do what we do. We are looking forward to acknowledging the work of our volunteers at a ‘Thank You Tea’ to be held in the Nave at 5.00pm on Tuesday 25th June, followed by a special Choral Evensong. Replies and queries should be sent to the Cathedral Offices at outreach@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk.

Chapter and the Finance and Investments Committee both meet this week. The agendas are on the Cathedral’s website and noticeboards.

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.

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 Cathedral offices for further details.

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. Donations towards a leaving present can be made through the Cathedral Offices.

Christmas Fair Saturday 30th November. The organisation this year is being overseen by Nicky Taylor (Finance Officer) and Sara Clark (Outreach Admin Assistant) in the Cathedral Offices. Ann Wilson is in the process of contacting volunteers from previous fairs to see if they are available to help out again this year. If you would like to volunteer or help please send an email to fair@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk . If anyone is making jams or chutney over the coming months please consider adding an extra jar or two for us to sell at the fair.


Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 13th June. James Kirby (piano). Free with retiring collection and refreshments from 12.30pm.

Laithwaites Wine Tasting 7.00-9.00pm Thursday 13th June in the Nave. Tickets £27.00 from Laithwaites .

Portsmouth Festivities 14th – 23rd June. A 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 between Morning Prayer at 7.40am and Choral Evensong at 6.00pm. All are welcome.

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.

Moonlit Memories Walk in aid of Rowans Hospice Saturday 15th June. Thank you to those who have offered to help welcome those taking part and to light a candle in memory of a loved one from 10pm. Further offers of help can be made to the Head Verger malina.green@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk .

Lighten Our Darkness – sermons on aspects of Mental Health 6.00pm Sunday 23rd June: ‘Understanding vulnerability: a path to personal and spiritual growth’ Dr Kevin O’Shea, Consultant Psychiatrist. The first of a series of monthly sermons at Choral Evensong.


All those being baptised: Jude and Linus.

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

And those who have died: Tom Hogarth, Phyllis Hughes, Roger Sutton and Robin Sard (Cathedral Funeral 2.30pm Thursday 27th June) RIP.

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

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