November Update

Thursday 27th October, 2016

This may be my penultimate column, and yet in many ways nothing really changes, as we strive to witness to God’s love in the beauty of holiness and in the holiness of beauty.  We say welcome to the new generation of choristers who received their surplices.  These choristers, Florence Gill, Brigitte Harrigan Lees, Clara Harrigan Lees and Alex Mackie, despite their young ages have demonstrated their commitment to music and the choir, and with their white surplices now look even more angelic!  They are joined by our new Organ Scholar Adam Wilson.

Outwardly around the Cathedral much has changed, ranging from a car crashing into a pillar on Palmerston Place and ruining some of our brand new railings to the completion of the pathway from Old Coates House past the Garden of Remembrance and the North Door.  We are also all set for new stone pillars and railings to go on the Manor Place pavement side – thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Cathedral and the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust.

What has not changed and what I have been so privileged to see time and time again over the last 26 years have been the quiet lives of discipleship and faithful commitment.  Alan Oxberry, who died suddenly this week, was one such person.  A Cathedral steward, an administrant of Communion, a former member of the Friends’ Executive, a loving and caring husband of Helen, the love of his life.  He was in the Cathedral the Sunday before he died. A man of relatively few words, his discipleship spoke volumes. RIP.

ADVENT Sunday and the evening before draw ever nearer.  Jane and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible that weekend.