Pew Notes 7th January 2013

And a very Happy New Year to one and all, Merry Christmas to our Orthodox readers, and anyone else who has no truck with the new fangled Gregorian Calendar.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the mid winter break from Pew Notes….However, back to business, sorry about that.

I wonder did anyone else notice how much death occurs in the liturgical Calendar after Christmas?  26th December being St Stephen, first martyr of the Christian Church, a brief, but welcome respite on 27th for the most important of the four Evangelists St John, before returning to the gore fest with the commemoration of the wholesale murder and mass destruction of the Feast of the Holy Innocents on 28th December.  Without pause for breath we have Thomas à Becket on 29th, followed by John Wycliffe  on 31st, who may have died in his bed from a stroke on this date in 1384, but by 1428 Pope Martin V had his body exhumed and the remains burned as a heretic, before scattering his ashes in the River Swift….a fine example of “no rest for the wicked”, well in the eyes of the Vatican anyway.  Quite a relief to get to the Feast of Epiphany (ἐπιφάνεια (epiphaneia), which means manifestation, as in Christ’s manifestation to the Gentiles) in one piece on Sunday, even if the Cathedral doors remained unchalked, and no one seemed to announce the date of Easter (31st March). As I’m sure you all know, had the doors been chalked you would have had the initials of the Magi; Casper, Melchior, and Balthasar CMB, which also stands for Christus mansionem benedicat, which may be translated as “may Christ bless the house” I’m sure you feel better for knowing that.

And so to this week’s news:

News broke from the Archdiocese last night that Archbishop Patrick Kelly has tendered his resignation to Pope Benedict following the stroke he suffered at the end of last year.  This is very sad news for our friends at the Metropolitan Cathedral, and for us too, and I know we will all be wishing Archbishop Patrick a speedy recovery.

The choir returned last Sunday, from their all too brief rest, well they think it was all too brief anyway!

Chemin-Neuf is not meeting tonight.  Normal service resumes next week Tuesday 14th.

Book Club will have it’s first meeting of the year, also 14th 7pm back in the staff room, after our brief return to the Dean’s Office for a very enjoyable Christmas Party. This month’s book id “Letters to Malcolm” by CS Lewis

School of Theology and Alpha also start new terms next Wednesday see the website for details

AND NOW A VERY  IMPORTANT NOTICE  (Aren’t they all?)  Breakfast With The Bible/Supper With The Scriptures returns this term, with Dean Pete in charge, so we must all be on out very best behaviour (as if!).  BWB first session will be this Sunday 13th January in the Large Education Room (Ambulatory) at 9:15 please note earlier start time. SWS will be at 6:30 (again note the earlier time) on 14th January, location remains the Concert Room as before.  No videoing this time, so you don’t need to dress up, but it will mean no catch up facility, so you need to attend in person!

AND NOW ANOTHER VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE, yes folks two (three actually see below) in one week.  As anyone who has heard Canon Cynthia’s last couple of sermons will know (see website for recordings) we are working towards starting a Food Bank in partnership with the Toxteth and City Centre Churches and faith groups.  We will need volunteers to help with all aspects of this work, and we will also need food collections.  I hope to get out a notice about this for the weekend, but could I ask you all to give some thought to how you might support this sadly, very important and much needed project?  Maybe your New Year’s resolution has already gone the way of all flesh, or you’re wondering what to give up for Lent (Ash Wednesday is less than six weeks away folks!)?  Well why not give up some time to help with the Food Bank?  If you would like more information, or to volunteer please contact Canon Cynthia or myself ASAP.

FINAL IMPORTANT NOTICE This is really only for member of Liverpool Cathedral Company i.e. congregations, staff and volunteers: Tickets for Bishop Justin’s Confirmation and Enthronement services.

There are places available for anyone from the Cathedral or Diocese who wishes to attend the Confirmation of Election service at St Paul’s Cathedral on 4th February at 12 noon.  At this service +Justin will legally become ++Justin Cantuar.  This service is not ticketed.  So just turn up! This invitation from +Justin has come because he’d like us to be there, and because Canterbury being on a smaller scale than the pink Palace of varieties, there are very few tickets available for the enthronement service.  There are however a small number of tickets available to the Cathedral for this service, which is on 21st March at 3pm (commemoration day of Thomas Cranmer strangely enough!).  If you would like to be considered for a ticket, please consider your ability to get there, and if and only if you feel certain that you can get there, please contact Clare Kerrigan to add your name to the list.  Being on the list DOES NOT GUARANTEE A TICKET, so please don’t book trains/accommodation until your ticket has been confirmed.  If numbers exceed allocation there will be a ballot.  Clare must have your name by 21st January. or 0151 702 7220

Talking of New Year’s resolutions: Congratulations to Dr Catherine Wilcox for announcing her very ambitious 2013 resolution, which is to blog her latest novel ACTS AND OMISSIONS in the manner of Trollope (note important absence of definite article there) and Dickens, over 52 weekly instalments each and every Sunday evening, which you can follow here: ….if you’d like to catch up on her parody of a certain best seller “Fifty Shades of Purple” you’ll find it here:  I have no doubt that this will be one resolution that is kept, after all for a woman who succeeded last year in NOT buying any new clothes for a whole year (not even hosiery), and this despite having the Installation of Dean Pete as the perfect excuse for a new outfit, a novel in 52 weekly parts should be child’s play!

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:

  • The Archdiocese of Liverpool it’s clergy and people as they look towards the arrival of a new Archbishop, that he may follow in the faithful footsteps of Archbishop Derek Warlock and Archbishop Patrick Kelly.  Also praying that Archbishop Patrick as he return to Liverpool today, may continue his recovery from his stroke
  • 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. 
  • Justin, Caroline and family as they prepare to sat goodbye to their new friends in Durham, and for Justin’s new role as leader of the 77 million people within the Anglican Communion
  • For the new Food Bank and One Stop project, for all those involved in getting it started, and all those in need of it’s work.
  • 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
  • All those within the criminal justice system, both those who work with offenders, and the offenders themselves. 
  • The faithful departed and those they have left behind. 
  • The families of servicemen and women currently serving overseas.
  • Struggling with life’s vicissitudes; loss of employment, liberty, shelter, freedom
  • Those 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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