Wednesday 16th November, 2011
NOVEMBER is always a special month. It opens with the twin festivals of All Saints and All Souls, celebrating the heroes and heroines of the faith of all ages, who have lived lives of love and discipleship, and ends with Advent Sunday, as the Church once more hears the Baptist’s cry in the wilderness and looks for the coming of the Christ Child.
In between come Remembrance Sunday whose 2 minutes’ silence becomes ever more poignant as peace throughout our world seems so distant, and the Feast of Christ the King when the Church celebrates the One who is king only of love, whose throne was a cross of wood, whose crown was a crown of thorns, whose courtiers were two thieves sharing the same death sentence, whose royal banquet is the bread and the wine of the Eucharist.
November sees not one but two AGMs. Remembrance Sunday at 3.30pm is always a devotional performance of a requiem (this year is Fauré), which is preceded by the Friends’ AGM in the Chapter House and followed by a reception in the Resurrection Chapel, hosted by the Friends, to which everyone is warmly invited.
The Cathedral’s AGM is on Advent Sunday and follows our Cathedral Eucharist: at it I will present my report as will the various Cathedral committees and groups, and the accounts will also be presented. 2010/11 has been a demanding year financially: giving has never been higher, but poor dividend income and low bank interest rates combined with ever increasing inflation mean challenging times lie ahead.