Friday 27th April, 2012
The key event this month in the life of the Cathedral and the Diocese is the ordination of John our bishop-elect as the next Bishop of Edinburgh. Please remember him and his wife and family as he embarks on this new ministry.
* The new glass doors at the west end of the Cathedral are almost finished and universally admired. Over the coming months we will determine what needs to be done to enhance further the area at the west end of the Cathedral in terms of welcome to our visitors, keeping the area clutter free whilst providing storage for all our bits and pieces.
* This month we say farewell to two faithful servants of the Cathedral:
Wilma MacRae has probably arranged for more cups of coffee and glasses of wine and fruit juice to be poured out in the Cathedral that most of us would consume in a life time! The various coffee teams (in either the Walpole Hall or the Resurrection Chapel) are a key part of the Cathedral’s ministry of welcome, and Wilma has been the ever-willing cornerstone of that ministry. Wilma heads back north shortly, and in bidding her a fond farewell we wish her every happiness in Nairn.
Many people have commented on the new planting in the Garden of Remembrance and to the west of the Chapter House. Harry Brown has been the source of horticultural advice and supervisory activity for this. He too and his wife leave Edinburgh this month: Harry leaves a legacy of beauty for us all.
* Master of the Music Duncan Ferguson will be married to Marie in the Cathedral on Saturday 19 May at 2.30pm. As a sign of our affection for Duncan and his bride the Cathedral is hosting a reception in the Resurrection Chapel after the wedding so that we can all toast the health and happiness of the bride and groom. Do join us for this happy occasion.
* The Lady Chapel has been slightly re-ordered so that an oil painting of Our Lady can be hung in it. Donated to the Cathedral by Lady Clyde, it is most fitting to have such a painting in a Cathedral itself dedicated to Mary.
* The Cathedral Organists’ Association is coming to Edinburgh this month, and it will be lovely to welcome back to St Mary’s Tim Byram-Wigfield (St George’s Windsor) and Matthew Owens (Wells Cathedral). Festal Evensong for the Conference is on Tuesday 8 May at our usual time of 5.30pm and includes the first performance of Sally Beamish’s Gaudent in Coelis.
* The Scottish Prayer Book Society will be meeting in Edinburgh on Ascension Day (17th May) to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Prayer Book. There will be a talk by Revd. Professor Stuart Hall on the history of the Prayer Book, at 4pm in the Song School. For more information contact the Cathedral Office.
* Many of us knew Lisbet Rutter who died on Holy Saturday. ‘A journey to faith’, written by her family, is reprinted in this month’s magazine, not only in tribute to her but also to share more widely her amazing life story.