Weekly Newsletter

Dear Cathedral member,

We are delighted that since re-opening the Cathedral last week, we have had a steady stream of people visiting the building to pray. I know many people are understandably still anxious about the safety of public spaces like the Cathedral. We made a short video this week, which can be found here, to provide some details on the safety measures we are taking, and what you can expect to find if you visit the Cathedral. I hope you will find that informative.

Featured in that video, is the wonderful Labyrinth installation that our artist-in-residence, Jonathan Baxter has provided on the floor of the Resurrection Chapel. Labyrinths are a feature of many Cathedrals, most famously at Chartres: they provide a means of walking prayerfully, the circuitous route aiding meditation as you slowly wind toward the centre.  Our temporary labyrinth has been made out of our currently unused hymnbooks – as one member of the congregation remarked this week, ‘Humans go into furlough, hymn books go into labyrinths!’ On a sunny day, as the light from the Paolozzi wondows plays across it, it is a stunning sight and aid to prayer.

As usual the Service of the Word for this Sunday will be available as a video and a service sheet via the website, here. There are details there too about our Eucharist live-streamed on Sunday afternoon at 3.30pm and our Morning and Evening Prayer Zoom services.

I know some people are enjoying joining churches across the Province for the Sunday service organised by the General Synod media team. It is now possible to join that service at 11am on a Sunday via a freephone telephone call. This is particularly suitable for those who can’t access the service online via Facebook or YouTube. If you would like details of the telephone service, then please do email or phone the Cathedral office and we can talk you through how to access that service. It is also possible to telephone in to our Morning and Evening Prayer services via a telephone line. Again, if you would like details please contact the office.

LAST CALL: The Cathedral Online Quiz Event is happening this Saturday (tomorrow as I write). This all-age quiz is being run by the Social Responsibility Group online via Zoom on Saturday 4th July 2020 at 2.30pm. The main aim is to provide an opportunity to meet up and socialise while enjoying the fun of a general knowledge quiz, suitable for all ages. Everyone is most welcome to join in – whether individuals, couples or families. The quiz has been devised by Christian Aid and there will be an opportunity to donate online to Christian Aid, if you wish. The event will last around one and a half hours with a short break part-way through. If you would like to take part, please email the Cathedral office TODAY at office@cathedral.net ensuring the word ‘quiz’ is in the subject line. You then will be sent the Zoom link. We look forward to seeing you there!

In normal times, the summer edition of the Cathedral magazine, Magnificat, would have been distributed by now. With much of the usual content overtaken by events, and our usual means of distribution unavailable, we have decided to postpone this edition. We have, however, established an online page, here, which we hope will feature much of the material usually found in Magnificat. Already there is a link to an article by the Eco-Congregation about the need to use the current crisis as a spur to deepening our commitment to thinking and acting ecologically. It offers some pointers to how we might ourselves respond. Also on that Magazine page, is a link to our ever popular Crossword (with thanks to our resident complier, Elaine Smith). If you would like to contribute an article or news of any events of interest to the Cathedral congregation, please do email the office with your contribution, and we can post it there.

St Mary’s Music School are once again running their Directors’ Recital Prize Competition this year. Inevitably things are a little different, so rather than a concert in the Cathedral, the competition will be premiered online on Monday 6 July at 7pm. For the 20th anniversary of the competition, St Mary’s Music School has joined forces with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The RSNO has made their recording studio and artistic and technical team available to film three of the four finalists: Cliodhna Scott, Phoebe Barber and Pavlina Gusheva, while the fourth finalist, Sofia Ros has been recorded in Spain where she lives. The live recordings will be combined to create the School’s first ever online concert to be streamed on the school’s YouTube and Facebook accounts on Monday 6 July at 7pm. You can join the premiere on either the St Mary’s Music School YouTube or Facebook pages. I would encourage you to join the school on what is always a memorable occasion, a showcase of the fantastic musical talent in the school, and a fitting way to celebrate the conclusion to an extra-ordinary school year.

The Cathedral Book Group will be meeting via Zoom on Tuesday 28 July, 7.30pm, to discuss ‘My Sour-Sweet Days: George Herbert and the Journey of the Soul’ by Mark Oakley (SPCK 2019, available in paperback & eBook).  Forty of George Herbert’s richly expressive poems are each followed by a short and accessible but profound reflection by Mark Oakley.  Please email ecumenical@cathedral.net if you’d like to join the discussion and/or be added to the Book Group email list.

The Cathedral Sunday groups are meeting weekly on Sunday mornings via Zoom. If you would like any children you know to be included in the invitation for this, please email chaplain@cathedral.net.

If you appreciate our worship and don’t already donate via standing order, then you might consider donating via the button on our website homepage www.cathedral.net  This is a challenging time financially for many, including the Cathedral.  If you are in a position to support us, we would be immensely grateful.

With every blessing,


John Conway, Provost                         provost@cathedral.net           07791508103

Marion Chatterley, Vice Provost          marion@cathedral.net           07771982163

Andy Philip, Chaplain                          chaplain@cathedral.net         07593905473