For people of faith in these difficult times, listening to Christian music, or better still, watching it being performed on line, is very uplifting - a real spiritual experience. During the Coronavirus crisis, we introduced a page carrying links to music videos which we hope will be a blessing to all. You can access the page by clicking HERE
The Dean writes:
Dear Parishioners and friends around the world,
We have had a remarkably busy year, resulting in a magnificent, restructured Cathedral Church. Over the summer months, it
may be time to take a pause before we embark upon our Quadricentennial Celebrations, which will commence in September
and carry through to our Flower Festival in May 2023. (Note: I said only a pause, for we must get re-energised for an early ‘kick off’ in September!)
The summer is, for many, a moment to pause; it is a time to take a break – an occasion, perhaps, to live in the present moment and to remember, as Ecclesiastes 3:1 states, ‘there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.’ These words remind us that it is God who has appointed the times, seasons, and events in our lives. Of course, sometimes we may wonder about that; it is easy to doubt that God has it all together when we look at what is going on in the world around, or where our own life has descended into what may feel so often like chaos. However things may appear, God has always got everything under control and always has a purpose in everything, even if we sometimes have a tough time understanding what that purpose might be. As the apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Christians in first century Rome: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8: 28). The secret is, I think, to discover, accept, and appreciate God’s perfect timing and to remember too, that we live in a world of change. The evidence of change is all around us. Spring becomes summer. Summer will give way to the autumn, and then that – in its turn – will give way to the winter. But, in all that change, we can still hold on to the knowledge that God is in control and that change can be a good thing indeed. After all, change helps us to learn and to adapt and to grow inside; change can stretch us and challenge us by causing us to grow through the ups and downs of life. Change can also keep us from getting bored. Are you the same person you were ten years ago, or five years ago, or even one year ago?
The one constant, of course, is the One who is in control of everything. God does not change, and that means that we can count on Him always to be with us and to do the right thing: ‘He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover, He has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end’ (Ecclesiastes 3: 11). God has set everything for its time, so take the time to enjoy yourself. Make the best of each event and of each season of change. Enjoy your family and your home, your health, and your holidays. Enjoy coming to church – yes, come to church and enjoy it! After all, God has made everything beautiful in His time and even in the painful things of life God is there. Sometimes all we can see is the middle of God’s work and not the end, but He knows the beginning from the end, and He is always with us. So, take some time this summer to enjoy the moment. Hold on, in trust, in every moment to God who is in control. Hold on to the One who loves us and who promises that as we trust in Him, He will provide for all our needs.
If you are fortunate enough to get away on holiday, that is good; but if not, a few quiet days at home may be just as refreshing. God designed us to need rest at every level of life, from physical, to emotional, to spiritual. So, I do hope that you all have a pleasant and refreshing summer, whether at home or on holiday, and may you experience the love of God and be able to share that love with those whom you meet.
Yours very sincerely
Kenneth RJ Hall
On-line Streaming of Services on YouTube
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We are surprised and delighted to see the interest in our services on-line, not only in our own country but also in foreign lands. There may be those who would like to make a donation towards the heavy costs entailed in maintaining the cathedral and to this end, we have set up an account with PayPal. Those who wish to contribute are normally invited to use the following button, but currently it is out of service as we try to prove to PayPal that we are legitimate - one thinks of Fort Knox!
Please note that our archive links (services, weddings,
funerals etc are now hosted on a separate page. Click on the picture to the left to access.
And view recordings of three Christmas services by clicking on the buttons on the right.
The Church of Ireland’s Daily Worship app brings content from the Book of Common Prayer and the Bible to your computer, smartphone or tablet, displaying readings and liturgies for each day of the year. Using it, you can grow in relationship with God through daily prayer and also by reading and meditating on Scripture. Click on the icon above to view on PC, or the app can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple Store.
During 2021, the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal released funds to support Covid relief efforts in India and also in Haiti following a devastating earthquake. And now the crisis in Ukraine has displaced numerous refugees in need of support by relief agencies and the Bishops' Appeal seeks urgent donations to go towards such humanitarian work. Individuals and parishes are invited to contribute to support these and other efforts. Taxpayers in the U.K. can give more help by “Gift Aiding” donations. For more details and to read a special press release, click on the Ukrainian flag here.
When the service is over, it can still be viewed for six days using this button, before being archived.
On Friday evening 29th April, our choral scholars presented an excellent concert of religious and secular music, having been trained and encouraged by their musical director David Robertson and supplemented by leading choir member Jane McKinley. The concert was designed as part of the fund-raising efforts towards the restoration of the cathedral's fine organ. We were really pleased by the financial generosity of the audience but we still have a long way to go. David has set up a "JustGiving" page where donations can be made on-line and can be accessed by clicking on the photograph here, which was taken after the concert.
(A larger photo can be seen in our archives)
The wedding of Lisa McCanny and David Elliott took place in the Cathedral on Saturday 6th August. The ceremony was streamed live on-line. To view the recording, just click on the photo of the happy couple.
The wedding of Olivia Graham and Ryan Tummon took place in the Cathedral on Thursday 11th August. The ceremony was streamed live on-line. To view the recording, just click on the photo of Olivia and Ryan.