Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 2nd December 2018

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This time of year can be a bit of a struggle with darkness. In order to function normally, we have to fight our instinct to hibernate. However, I wish to highlight the importance of rest and reflection, particularly during Advent. We are tasked with waiting and watching in the darkness for the light, thinking about the impact of God breaking through into human history and being born in a manger.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 25th November 2018

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This last Sunday of the year - before the new Church year starts next week – was sometimes known as ‘Stir up Sunday.’ The Book of Common Prayer collect for today, which we still use as the post-Communion prayer, begins ‘Stir up, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people…’ This image led to the idea that this week was when people should be stirring their Christmas pudding mix, or baking their Christmas cakes, to give them plenty of time to mature and improve before the Christmas feast. We hope this week many of you will be baking cakes and making sweets and looking out your contributions for our Christmas Fair next Saturday!

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'Light up a Lantern' - shining a light to remember

Portsmouth Cathedral has launched a new campaign to help families by offering a unique way of remembering a loved one who lit up their lives, by lighting up the Cathedral Tower on the day of your choice.  Birthdays, anniversaries of a death, can be a tough and poignant time for many. Often, families want to mark that time quietly on their own, or perhaps might visit a grave or cemetery, and bring flowers and share memories.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 18th November 2018

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While we have been remembering with gratitude and sadness the many lives lost in conflict but especially those in the First World War; the armistice was also a moment of joy that the end of the war had come. Sometimes we long for the end to come in our political dealings as well, although they usually chug on somehow, as indeed they usually need to!

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 28th October 2018

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I would naturally want to begin the highlights in late October by talking about how it’s getting darker and it’s getting colder. Being darker might ring true but the weather hasn’t seemed to be following the normal pattern; just this week I was sitting in a pub garden with the sun shining down wondering if it was still August.

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Make a Poppy at Portsmouth Cathedral in Remembrance

One of the ways that Portsmouth Cathedral is marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice ending the First World War is by creating a Field of Remembrance on Cathedral Green around the War Memorial.  Members of the public are invited to visit Portsmouth Cathedral, in Old Portsmouth, make a poppy and place it in the Field of Remembrance on Cathedral Green.

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Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 21st October 2018

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Last Saturday I was in Boxgrove Priory working with some singers from the Royal School of Church Music. We sang in the Chancel, next to what was once the Chantry Chapel of Thomas West, 9th Lord de la Warr. Chantry chapels were built to honor the dearly departed by the regular (perhaps daily) saying of Mass to assist the speedy flight of the soul of the person who had endowed the chapel from his or her mortal remains to Heaven, with the shortest stay in Limbo or Purgatory as possible.

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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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