Pew Notes 10th December


Today is Stubborn St Eulalia’s  Feast day, who insisted the Governor martyr her.  A dove flew out of her mouth and magic snow fell to cover her nakedness. Other Saints are available.


And so to this week’s news:

Some Choral Evensong services will be in the Lady Chapel this week.  At the time of typing this, Tuesday and Thursday are definitely in the Lady Chapel, but it is possible that tonight’s and Friday’s are as well.

11th December Chemin-Neuf will be meeting as usual.  Whilst on the subject of Chemin Neuf,  a reminder that Morning Prayer, or Matins as I prefer to think of it…anyway however you  think of it, there will be a new and improved version, according to Fr Tim:  This Advent, we are doing something a bit different at Morning Prayer at the Cathedral.  On Tuesday 4th, 11th and 18th, we will be holding a “Thought for the Day” Morning Prayer service at 8.30 a.m. in the Lady Chapel.  These will be led by Canon Richard, Canon Myles and Dean Pete, and all staff and volunteers are warmly invited to come and join us.  On Thursday 6th, 13th and 20th, we will be holding a Sung Morning Prayer at 8.30 a.m. (in the style of the Chemin Neuf Community), at the High Altar in the Cathedral, led by Tim Watson and a small group of singers.  All staff and volunteers are welcome to come along either to join in the singing, or simply to pray quietly.  I hope that many of you will take advantage of this opportunity to pray together as a Cathedral and Diocesan community, as we prepare ourselves to welcome the coming of the Christ Child.”  I’m sure Fr Tim will forgive me, well I hope so anyway, if I describe “in the style of he Chemin Neuf Community”  as Taize-esque  i.e. not scary or difficult! All are very welcome.

Tomorrow 11th December at 7pm is that last book club of the year, and as a one off, will be in the Dean’s Office due to the Carol Service in the Cathedral.  All welcome. 

School of Theology has it’s final session of the term this week for more details of next term or contact Fr Tim.

Next Sunday 16th December is the Blessing of the Crib and Lighting of the Tree Carol service, so lots of little people…I do often wonder if maybe Herod had experienced just one too many Carol services, I mean you can see his point *inserts tongue firmly into cheek*

 Forward listing:

Breakfast/Supper with the Scriptures is back…this time with the Dean in charge.  There are two “Blocks”: for the first Block BWB will be at 9:15 on 13th & 27th January and 3rd & 10th February in the Large Education Room; SWS will be at 6:30  on 14th & 28th January and 4th & 11th February in the Concert Room.

If you have bought your 2013 diary already here’s one for NEXT December: 7th December IN THE CATHEDRAL, MESSIAH G.F. HANDEL.  Book early to avoid disappointment J

Now is your opportunity to hit the tax dodging  Amazon in the pocket by visiting the shop, where Kevin and his staff have just the perfect gift for just about everyone.  And if you wish you can shop on line here:  or use for an even wider variety of goods, which links to the Cathedral so we get the money…simples!!Why not buy the Choir’s latest CD of Psalms, having no doubt been impressed by how well they sang them on the  Radio 3broadcast, or their classic recording of  Christmas Carols to keep you going as you peel the spuds and struggle with the sprouts.  If the organ lights your Advent wreath, Ian Tracey also has a CD he’d like you to buy, or why not try out the DVD; there are now nine DVD/CD available in the Priory series, Chester has just been released…Of course WE were no.1! .  If you’ve been very good for Advent why not treat yourself to one of Cathy Fox’s novels as an antidote to the post Chrimbo appalling telly?  Click here for her latest (free instalment) of “Fifty Shades of Purple” 

Rather than give you a long and confusing list, might I suggest that you either pick up a copy of the Christmas Events brochure, or read it on line via here:   And here’s a reminder for the dates of the principle services for those of you who didn’t get last week’s Pew Notes:

16th December Lighting of the Tree & the Blessing of the Crib 3pm

22nd December Sequence of Music for Advent & Christmas 3pm

23rd December Holly Bough 3pm

24th December Christmas Eve Carol Service 3pm

 “         “               Midnight Mass (OK Holy Communion if you must) 11:30pm*

25th December Christmas Day Festal Eucharist (well it is our Patronal festival!)

6th January Epiphany Festal Eucharist 10:30

13th January Epiphany Carol Service 3pm (no…I don’t understand why it’s a week         later either!)

Obviously with so much on there is likely to be some disruption to services/furniture/location etc. we all know how it is, so unless stated otherwise please assume all services are in the main Cathedral unless someone informs me to the contrary. 

* After experimenting with NOT singing  Morten Lauridson’s O Magnum Mysterium  at last year’s service, I can report it is back by popular demand.

In our prayers at this time: All those known to us who are in need of our prayer and support; thinking especially at this time:

  • Archbishop Patrick Kelly as he recovers in hospital after a slight stroke.
  • The House of Bishops as they meet to sort out the mess General Synod left on the women bishop vote.  Pray that they do so in Love and with Grace. 
  • Those witnessing to Christ in war zones and other areas of conflict; thinking especially at this time of Revd Deserrié, his family and all those he ministers to in Goma,  with reports yesterday of a massive increase in the conflict there.  Revd Canon Andrew White and his beleaguered congregation and staff at St George’s Baghdad.  St George’s is one of this year’s  Cathedral Christmas charities
  • Those who are yet to encounter  God’s love, that they might find a welcome in our midst, and be encouraged to discover the joy of God’s gift to us all through the love of His son Jesus Christ
  • At this time of year with the emphasis on family, friends, and celebration; for those alone, or separated from loved ones, especially those with family serving in the armed forces.
  • The faithful departed and those they have left behind
  • Struggling with life’s vicissitudes; loss of employment, liberty, shelter, freedom
  • searching for God, that they might know His presence in their lives,
  • Coping with illness or the illness of a loved one
  • For whom freedom of faith is denied

Do please email me should you have anything you wish to be included in next week’s notes; or of course if you have an inevitable errata /addenda to this week’s


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The boring disclaimer bit:

Tis I, Nädine Daniel who writes, produces, and disseminates the Pew Notes.  I do so without any imprimatur from the Dean and Chapter, the Cathedral or indeed anyone else.  Just me…as I hope would have been clear, any comments made, opinions offered are also my own. Likewise it must equally obviously follow that any sins of omission or commission are also mine, and mine alone: Mea Culpa, Mea Maxmima Reverentia Culpa.  Should you no longer wish to receive these musings, please email me and say so.

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