There has been a lot of remembering in the last few weeks including D-Day and HMS Glamorgan. I read an article about a house in France that has a bedroom kept as the last occupant left it before dying in the First World War. His parents put a clause in the sale of the house that it should stay like it for 500 years. This started a reflection on how and why do we remember. Is it so we can hold onto hurt and pain, keeping it safe, giving it an occasional polish before burying it again? If so, the chances of ‘choosing life’ as it tells us in Deuteronomy are slim. We are held back by the past.
Is it to honour them, to remind ourselves not to forget what these people have done? Should it always be somber, restrained? Would you consider dancing about it? Probably not! As part of They Call it Passchendaele, The Angels Cry is a mixed media performance remembering the 100th anniversary of the third battle of Ypres, known as Passchendaele. The performance will include dance and poetry.
Last November the Cathedral Choirs led the worship for the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall – maybe you saw me on the TV a few times?! There were lots of tears at the stories of huge loss and the falling of the paper poppy petals seemed to last an eternity, but it was a festival for a reason. We remembered them with pride and thanksgiving, but we chose life. We celebrated our freedom. It was a festival.
Today marks the official start of the Portsmouth Festivities. Other than The Angels Cry there are numerous events taking place around Portsmouth, including comedy, parkour/free-running (careful with those knees, folks!), a carnival, or hearing Wayne Marshall fill the Cathedral with strains of Gershwin, Bernstein and Widor. Plenty of opportunities to remember the past but also choosing life.
Welcome to all those joining us today and especially to James Priory, Headmaster of The Portsmouth Grammar School and Chairman of Portsmouth Festivities, as our preacher at this morning’s Eucharist, and the choristers of Radley College singing Choral Evensong with the Cathedral Choir.
Chapter Richard Smout will be installed as a lay member of Chapter today. Richard has been a member of the Cathedral Council since last year, is a Lay Reader and lives on the Isle of Wight where he is the IW Council Heritage Services Manager. Chapter meets on Wednesday and the agenda is here.
Chris Richardson There will be an opportunity after the 10.30am service to wish Chris well for her move to the West Country. Chris has managed the Cathedral Shop as a volunteer for over nine years. Thanks to her the shop has continued to develop and its volunteers provide a warm welcome to visitors whilst contributing to the Cathedral’s finances.
The Revd Dawn Banting is at Queen Alexandra’s Hospital this morning.
‘They Called it Passchendaele’ – an exhibition by Portsmouth Poetry is in the Ambulatory until Friday 14th July.
Christian Aid Thank you to all the collectors, helpers at the breakfast and tea, and to all those who gave this year. With Gift Aid we have raised over £3,000 which is amazing.
Rowans Hospice Moonlit Walk Many thanks to all those who helped welcome this year’s walkers to the Cathedral last weekend. The walkers have pledged to raise over £117,000 in sponsorship for the hospice.
Cathedral Sing Members of staff and the choirs were at All Saints’, Ryde last Friday working with around 100 children from the local area. The day concluded with a concert celebrating the sea and travel.
A Quiet Mid-Summer Afternoon in an Emsworth home and garden. 2.00-4.30pm this Wednesday. ‘The Wounded Healer – letting Jesus touch your life’ led by the Revd Dr Ruth Tuschling. Drinks and strawberries provided. Suggested donation £5. Places limited, please contact the Cathedral Shop.
Portsmouth Hope Not Hate Interfaith Meal 9.00pm this Thursday at Eastney Methodist Church. If you would like to attend or for further details please contact Sarah Lovatt in the Offices.
Fabric works The Chapter would like to thank the Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral for their contribution towards the cost of the new kitchenette in the Cloister. Friends’ membership brochures are available in the Cathedral.
Vacancies We have two opportunities to join the full time Cathedral team: an Administrative Assistant (Liturgy and Music) and Cathedral Diary Administrator and an Assistant Verger. Full details and application forms are on the website.
Parking On Sunday mornings is available at the west end for members of the congregation in need who are not eligible for a blue badge. During the week, parking for volunteers is available on request and subject to operational requirements. All parking requests must be made in advance to the Cathedral Offices and permits displayed. It is also possible to park at the St George’s Building and Ravelin car parks at weekends for £2 per day.
Portsmouth Street Pastors invite you to celebrate 10 years of ministry at 7.00pm on Friday 23rd June at Oasis, Upper Arundel Street, PO1 1NP. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07809 627770.
Organ Stop The next phase of work on the en chamade solo will begin next week. A model of the stop is on display and contributions to this exciting project can be made through http://bit.ly/2pwOGga or one the leaflets.
Portsmouth Festivities until 25th June 2017. 10 days of arts, culture and heritage for all. Details www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk or in the booklets. Tickets from 023 9282 8282. Events at the Cathedral include:
The Angels Cry 8.00pm Tuesday 20th June. Poetry, dance, music and projections commemorating the 100th anniversary of Passchendaele.
Portsmouth Festivities Lunchtime Live!
1.10pm Wednesday 21st June. Solo performances by Music Scholars from The Portsmouth Grammar School accompanied by Karen Kingsley.
1.10pm Thursday 22nd June. The Stavanger Girls’ Choir
Gala Organ Concert: Wayne Marshall 8.00pm Saturday 24th June. Pre- concert talk 5.00pm.
Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 22nd June in Becket Hall. Canon Peter Cotton “Bird Watching in India”. Free, donation if staying for tea.
Messy Cathedral 2.00pm Saturday 24th June. The last session until September. Join us for an hour of fun and craft activities followed by a short service and afternoon tea. Suitable for all ages.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those affected by recent events
All those in need including: Aidan, Vic, Martin, Jill, Brian, Tim, and Graeme.
And those who have died: David Legood, Aileen Manning, Elizabeth McCutcheon, and Geoffrey Rowell (Bishop) RIP.
The full notices are here: Notices 18 June 2017