Tuesday, 30 December 2008
A Candle of Hope has been burning in The Cathedral since Christmas Eve and will continue to burn for the full twelve days of Christmas. The Candle of Hope is the initiative of the World Cancer Research Fund (UK), with candles burning in major Cathedrals through out the UK. Our candle was lit of Christmas Eve and burns in memory of all those who have gone to their eternal reward after suffering from cancer. This is particularly close to our hearts here at The Cathedral having lost two wonderful priests, Canon Frank Pullen and Father Michael McCormack, and many leading parishioners to the disease. The Candle of Hope can be found in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of The Cathedral.
Today the newly established Cathedral Book of Remembrance went on display for the first time. The Book is in four volumes and lists those whose anniversaries occur each day. It is hoped that we will have a suitable display case for the Book of Remembrance soon, but currently we don't have the funds to purchase one!
Thursday, 25 December 2008
Wishing everyone a very happy and holy Chrismas.
This is the sitting room of Cathedral House looking just a little festive!
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas!
At the Cathedral we have celebrated our Christmas Eve Children's Mass, at which we built the crib and Bishop brian has presided over the celebration of Midnight Mass. The Cathedral looked fabulous and was filled to more than capacity for both the Masses on Christmas Eve. Later today Canon Stephen and I will celebrate the other Christmas Masses in our three parishes, with the help of Father Ged, our local retired priest. Bishop Brian will celebrate Mass at 10.45am in Shrewsbury Prison, which he has done every year since he was ordained Bishop.
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Today we placed the newly restored Font Lid on to the font. It is the original lid which used to hang in the baptistry. It was taken away when the Cathedral was reordered in the mid eighties and left to rot and rust in the basement. It was recently rescued and restored. The next stage is to design a pulley system that will enable the lid to be raised for baptisms. A pulley is necessary as it took three of us to lift the lid into place!!!!
Monday, 22 December 2008
Did you see Songs of Praise on BBC 1 yesterday? It was broadcast from Saint Chad's Anglican Church in Shrewsbury, but included scenes from The Cathedral. I know I am biased, but the final visitation scene they showed was by far the most impressive and it was from the high altar in The Cathedral!
Thursday, 18 December 2008
As promised, the great West Window has been finished in time for Christmas. Having had months of looking at scaffolding and plywood, it is wonderful to see the window restored and in fabulous condition.
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Very few people noticed, or if they did they didn't comment, but the Sanctuary Lamp has been missing from the Blessed Sacrament Chapel for weeks! It was returned the other day and rehung this morning. The Sanctuary Lamp is one of a pair that were bought in 1899 at a cost of £116 7s. 6d. ~ apparently the same cost as three small terrace houses at the time!
Over the years is has suffered neglect and the effects of candle wax and soot building up on it. The pulley system also became unusable. The Lamp, made of silver, has been fully restored and now hangs back in its rightful place (although the pulley systems still doesn't work properly!)
Monday, 15 December 2008
The great news is that my sponsored 70+ mile walk raised over £3500 towards the Cathedral Window Restoration Fund. A huge thank you to all those who sponsored me. We still have a long way to go with the fundraising, so keep up the good work!
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Today I collected the new Diocesan Vestments. they have been made for us by Sister Anthony and her team at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool. Upto now, whenever the diocese has held big celebrations like the Chrism Mass or ordinations, we have had to hire in vestments for the sanctuary party - not any more! Housed at the Cathedral is this set of wonderful diocesan vestments (Bishops Chasuable, 12 concelebrants chasuables and 6 dalmatics) all featuring the diocesan crest.
We are going to wear them for the first time at Midnight Mass with Bishop Brian. Very exciting!
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Today we took delivery of this years Cathedral Christmas cards. Not for sale, these are the cards that the Cathedral Clergy leave out for every parishioner. The cards also contain the Christmas Mass times, making them a great reminder for people to have at home. This year the picture on the front of the card is taken from the central panel on the front of the Sacred Heart Altar in the Sacred Heart Chapel.