St. Macartin's Cathedral

Last updated 7th June 2024
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The Dean Writes:

Dear Parishioners and Friends all around the world,

On Thursday 6th June we will hold a special service in our Cathedral to mark the 80th Anniversary of D-Day (see full
details on pages 8 and 9 - in magazine printed or online). Wars and violence lead to unimaginable levels of suffering
and death. My mother served in the Second World War, but like many who did she never talked much about it. It is
only now I question the reason why she didn’t, and it is all too late to get that answer!

In his poem ‘To Any Dead Officer’, Siegfried Sassoon refers to the incredible sacrifice made during the First World War in order that we may live and “work in peace with Time for friend”. The peace that was brought about by the end of both World Wars was one built upon the sacrifice of millions. An anniversary like that of D-Day helps to ensure we never forget that peace is built upon sacrifice.

Sadly, we take the sacrifice of the many men and women who served in the Forces during the Wars for granted. We too easily forget the price of the peace we enjoy. The ability to remember is a wonderful gift that God has given to humankind. Some of our memories are happy and we can recall wonderful experiences, but some of our memories are sad and we may weep as we remember them. Even though the Second World War ended seventy-nine years ago and the First World War 106 years ago - it is important that we remember that many still bear the scars of war today from those events and more recently, like Iraq and Afghanistan, our own troubles in Northern Ireland, Ukraine and the conflict in the Middle East. These thoughts of sacrifice should bring us back to the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for us all on the battlefield of Calvary.

Saint John put it well when he said “Greater love has no one than this, that one lays down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Jesus gave his life not only for his friends but also for his enemies. As God, Jesus had no need to experience human suffering, but he did for all our sakes. The evil of humans – what we call sin – has separated us from God. Jesus died to reconcile us to God, by dying in our place – the Perfect One for imperfect ones!

I’m told that immediately after World War II ended the churches were full of thankful people, but the sense of thankfulness soon faded. In Northern Ireland during the Troubles, churches of all denominations were well attended - maybe people needed that sense of commitment or belonging. Many people experienced their "exodus" of freedom from the fear of the oppressor and entered their "Canaan", but many forgot their deliverer!

Let us determine with God’s help to make this remembrance of D-Day a milestone when we:

•Remember with gratitude those who made possible our deliverance;
•Rejoice in our freedom and prosperity;
•Reaffirm our commitment to live responsibly as followers of Christ.

“He who would valiant be ’gainst all disaster,
                                      let him in constancy follow the Master.”
                                            Hymn 622 (John Bunyan)

Yours very sincerely

Sunday Services 9.00am – 11.00am – Mid Week Service Every Thursday 11.00am – Holy Communion.

             BBC Radio
   Ulster Broadcast Service

On Sunday 23rd June 2024 at 10.00am the service will be broadcast on Radio Ulster.
Please note there will be no 9.00am service due to the set up for the broadcast at 10.00am. The early congregation are asked to change their time for one Sunday and hopefully many of the 11.00am congregation will attend too. Please note this is a Radio broadcast, so no filming will take place. There will still be a later service at 11.30am.
Click on the above picture to open the recording of the service.