Annual Theme Blog - 'Time to Engage' PART II

Welcome to another article where Annual Theme Curator, Sharon Court, explores the Cathedral’s Time programme in more detail. In this section we’ll be looking back at events which took place during the summer and autumn of 2018 and considering the impact which all these events have had.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 14th October - Twentieth Sunday After Trinity

This Sunday is a very full day and brings together many aspects of the life and ministry of the Cathedral.

We are known as ‘The Cathedral of the Sea’ and at the Seafarers Service this morning we celebrate, remember and commemorate all those who ‘go down to the sea in ships’ and those who support them in doing so. We give thanks for all that this means to us in terms of industry, commerce, defence and the life of our city.

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Annual Theme Blog - 'Time to Engage' PART I

The Cathedral’s Annual Theme for 2018 has been focussed on Time, and as part of that we’ve been making Time to Learn, Time to Reflect and Time to Engage. We have already mentioned the hugely successful ‘Planetarium and Pancakes’ Family activity day which took place during February half-term. In this article, Sharon Court, our Annual Theme Curator, reviews more of the practical workshops and events which have happened during the year as part of the annual theme programme.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 7th October 2018

Highlights: 1918 Anniversaries and Music

Our 100 days of Commemoration of WWI continues, leading up to the centenary of the Armistice on 11th November. This Sunday also happens to be the exact centenary of the death of the composer C. H. H. Parry, who died aged 70 in the 1918 influenza epidemic. So at the Royal Marines Band Service Memorial Service this morning, the anthem will be ‘Blest pair of sirens’, Parry’s glorious setting of John Milton’s ‘Ode at a Solemn Musick.’ And at the evening Eucharist one of the hymns will be ‘Dear Lord and Father,’ set to Parry’s much loved tune called ‘Repton’ (originally written for his 1888 oratorio ‘Judith’ – which is being revived at the South Bank next year).

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 30th September 2018

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In Harry Potter, pupils are taught the Patronus charm that summons a silvery animal guardian to protect you in times of peril. A patron is someone who gives support to a person, cause or organisation, such as a patron of the arts. As Christianity spread, churches were built on the sites of where prominent Christians were born, lived or even martyred, and so the church was often named after them. Patron saints are prayed to for different areas of life, such as Catholics praying to St Anthony when they have lost something.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices 23rd September 2018

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For the last two terms Becket’s Bunch have been time travelling back to the stories Jesus would have heard as a boy, beginning with Creation and ending in July with Jonah.  This has been quite a challenge but using ideas from Godly Play, we have been able to involve even the smallest children in listening and responding. It is of course, the power of story itself which makes this possible.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 16th September 2018

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Church bells are a significant, but often forgotten, part of church life. Bells mark out the passing of time in the form of a church clock. Bells ring for services, and to celebrate ecclesiastical and civic occasions. Bells might ring in times of war to warn of danger. Bells toll slowly to mark the death or funeral. The noise of bells is part of the church’s message to wider society: they mark in sound the life of the church.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 26th August 2018

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As a teacher, this time of year is filled with excitement (and a little trepidation) as the start of a new academic year approaches. It irritates me that shops market back to school ranges as soon as schools have broken up for the summer - it doesn’t seem fair as it undermines the holiday vibe. But at this stage in the holiday, it feels right to be preparing to return. One of my preparations is to go stationery shopping. I love stationery, so this is no burden. There is something thrilling about a blank notepad and freshly sharpened pencils.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 19th August 2018

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For some of us, August is a time when we can get a break, and in some cases get away on holiday and have some r & r – rest and recreation. If you are able to do that, that is great but we should not assume that because we can, it is true for others. Some have had time off at home. For some families, though, particularly those on low incomes, the summer break is a time of acute financial stress. They don’t have the option of going away but even being at home has challenges for them.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 12th August 2018

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In the medieval period the time from mid-June through to early August was a time of holy days and pilgrimage to the shrines of saints. There are a number of feasts in the old church calendar that marked the translation of a saint’s relics from one place to another (and now function as alternative feast dates to those for saints days in mid-winter, including our own St Thomas of Canterbury whose translation is celebrated on 7th July), and these were marked with journeys to visit the shrines. This was a time of travelling and holy days (holidays) that offered refreshment before the toil of harvest.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 5th August 2018

“There But Not There”

This weekend we are 100 days away from Armistice Day. The outbreak of World War I was on 4th August in 1914 – and the armistice finally came on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, when the guns fell silent at the eleventh hour. During the Final 100 Days of the war, victory was becoming more and more certain for the Allied forces, but there was still some terrible fighting and great loss of life.

In the Cathedral, for these 100 days until 11th November (which falls on a Sunday this year) we have some silhouettes to commemorate those who served and died in World War I. These transparent figures will help us remember those who went from the City of Portsmouth – all the lives given and taken away in the conflict, and the families and communities who suffered here at home.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 29th July 2018

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You will no doubt have noticed, maybe even had time to enjoy, the Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society’s Annual Summer Exhibition in the Nave of the Cathedral. Our long association with this group and the wonderful space which we have to exhibit art reminds us of the presence of God in both the sacred and the secular.

The Cathedral building speaks of God in so many different ways – the worship, it’s simply beauty, the monuments and the windows to name but a few of these. The various types of art on display also speak of God in both the talent shown, the objects captured in oil or charcoal or pastel and the reaction and emotions they evoke in us. Bringing them together here in this sacred space speaks of God’s presence in the creativity of life outside of the Cathedral and of the ability for the secular to come here and for us to benefit and learn from it.

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