Diocesan News and Cathedral Events

 

From the Bishop of Ludlow

Perhaps one of the most common opening lines when we meet someone is: ‘Hello, how are you? We British, being the reticent people we are, will most probably reply with a: ‘Fine thank you.’
It is a common reply whatever is going on in our lives at that moment. ‘How
are you?’ is nevertheless an important question. How are we as a society and as a nation at this moment in time? Given our recent history; the ‘How are you?’ question I think touches quite deep.

Certainly, when looking back over several decades, I find it quite hard to remember a time when that sense of insecurity
and being generally unsettled were so prominent and palpable in society. The political squabbles of Brexit have left many of us with a profound feeling

of dismay. Factional and individual interests seem constantly to trump and overrule what many of us had taken for granted, namely a good sense of British pragmatism and common sense. There is a real fear that whoever shouts loudest or pushes hardest will get their way. A few years ago, when studying ethical approaches to making good decisions, those teaching me pointed out the importance of balancing the rights of the individual with perspectives that looked carefully at what might be for the overall good of society. The good of the many is to be an essential part of what is required. Perhaps it as an obvious thing to say but not everyone can have

everything they want. A healthy society requires attentiveness to the overall good of its members especially the powerless, voiceless and marginalised.

A society that is ill at ease can very easily become a society where anger broods. I share, with others the deep concern at the rise in knife crime.
Those on the social margins, often
in dysfunctional families and lacking resources are prone to enter gangs where their longing for identity comes linked

to crime and violence. Alice Thomson writing recently in the Times wrote… Violence is not a craze, it’s a symptom showing these children need care and consideration. “There’s an African saying, ‘If a child doesn’t feel part of a village they will burn it down for heat.” Of course, we cannot excuse or overlook violence. The question is to how best to address it with lasting solutions. To the young everything can look precarious and fractious.

As Christians we have a long heritage
of emphasising and working for the common good. The Old Testament longing for shalom and wellbeing overflow into the New Testament ethics of Christ’s kingly rule and reign. As Easter people we believe that death, destruction and evil do not have the last word. Ours are the values of love and hope and ours is the season to make a difference.

+Alistair

 

DAILY EVENTS

Everyone is welcome to join any of the acts of worship that take place at the cathedral. Services are normally held at the following times:

HEREFORD CATHEDRAL EVENTS

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Monday – Saturday

7.30am – Morning Prayer

8am – Holy Communion

5.30pm – Evensong

(Evensong is normally sung by the cathedral choir every day during term time except Wednesdays)

DAILY EVENTS

Everyone is welcome to join any of the acts of worship that take place at the cathedral. Services are normally held at the following times:

Monday – Saturday

7.30am – Morning Prayer 8am – Holy Communion 5.30pm – Evensong(Evensong is normally sung by the cathedral choir every day during term time except Wednesdays)

Sunday

8am – Holy Communion 10am – Cathedral Eucharist 11.30am – Matins
3.30pm – Evensong

Other Services

Wednesday 12.15pm – Holy Communion

Wednesday 1.05pm – Prayers for Peace

Friday 12noon – Prayers at the Shrine of St Ethelbert

MAY

Wednesday 1 May onwards, 2.30 pm

Garden Tours

The Gardens of Hereford Cathedral are opened to the public for walk up tours on Wednesdays & Saturday at 2.30 pm from May – September. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Cathedral Shop.

Saturday 4 May, 3.05 pm

Afternoon Music Organ Recital

Come along and hear 20 minutes of relaxing music on the beautiful Father Willis organ. Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection.

Tuesday 7 May, 1.05 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital – Henry

Metcalfe

Our summer lunchtime organ recitals return with Hereford Cathedral organ scholar, Henry Metcalfe giving a recital on our Father Willis organ. For full details please visit herefordcathedral.org

Sunday 12 May, 10.30 am

Feast of Consecration

Orchestral Eucharist sung by the cathedral choir with music including Haydn’s Nelson Mass followed by a drinks reception hosted by the Perpetual Trust.

Sunday 12 May, 5.30 pm

Evening Hour

The Evening Hour is a service of prayer for healing and time for quiet reflection at the shrine of Saint Thomas of Hereford in the north transept of the cathedral. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday 14 May, 7.15 pm

Organ Gala Concert – Peter Dyke

Everyone is welcome to join us for Peter Dyke’s evening Organ Gala Concert. Tickets are available to purchase from the Cathedral Shop or on the door.

Tuesday 21 May, 1.05 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital – Peter King
Our summer lunchtime organ recitals return with a series of guest organists giving a recital on our Father Willis organ. For full details please visit herefordcathedral.org

Tuesday 21 May, 3.30 pm for 4 pm start

Annual Ethelbert Lecture

Hereford’s Italian Magna Carta: Guala Bicchieri and the Making of English History Professor Nicholas Vincent will explore the legacy of Cardinal Guala Bicchieri both in Hereford
and more widely, looking in particular to the troubled history of the diocese during the civil war of 1215-17. This is a free event with refreshments to start.

Tuesday 28 May, 1.05 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital – Andrew Wyatt

Wednesday 29 May, 9 am

Quiet Hour

An opportunity to visit the cathedral at a
calmer time of day. Join us for a quieter
visit to the cathedral. 
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TOWER TOURS

Climb the 218 steps to the top of the cathedral tower to see stunning views of Hereford and the surrounding countryside. Tours usually take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 11.30 am and 1.30 pm, tickets £5 for adults, £3 students and children 8-16 (not recommended for younger children) from the Cathedral Shop 01432 374210 or shop@herefordcathedral.org .

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Cathedral Choir 

Do you know of a boy, aged 6–8 years of age, who might be interested in joining
the internationally-renowned Hereford Cathedral Choir? As well as singing in the cathedral, the choir regularly tours abroad, broadcasts on TV & radio, annual perform in London (Guards’ Chapel) and takes part in the world-famous Three Choirs Festival. 

It may be your son, or equally it may be a grandson, nephew or the son of friends – sometimes a gentle nudge of the parents might be needed! If a parent or guardian would like an informal discussion about the opportunities, Geraint Bowen, the 

director of music, would be delighted to hear from you (01432 374238, organist@ herefordcathedral.org or visit www. herefordcathedral.org). All choristers receive generous scholarships to the cathedral school and, in some cases, fully-funded places can be made available. 

 

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