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Worcester Cathedral News Spring 2014


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Worcester Cathedral's Newsletter for Spring 2014, with a profile of the new Canon Precentor, Revd Dr Michael Brierley, the results of the Cathedral photographic competition, a new CD from the Cathedral Choir, and other news and information from and for the Cathedral community.

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Worcester Cathedral News Spring 2014

  1. 1. David Stanton departs for Westminster At the end of 2013, we bade a fond farewell to David Stanton after 8 years as Canon Precentor at the Cathedral, as he was installed as Canon Treasurer and Almoner at Westminster Abbey. His role there is one of oversight of the financial affairs of the Abbey and its fabric, as well as playing a major role in its religious and ceremonial life. Speaking about his appointment before his departure to London, David said he was “particularly looking forward to overseeing policy for finance and fabric and working with talented colleagues in sustaining and further developing the life and mission of the Abbey.” “The dispute dragged on and finally involved both the King and the Pope. The Bishop of Worcester lost the case and agreed not to exercise visitational rights over the Great Malvern priory but in compensation received the grant of a manor at Knightwick. There is no dispute between the Diocese of Worcester and Westminster Abbey in our own day and we are glad to see the Dean and Chapter, and other friends from Worcester, as they graciously deliver their Canon Precentor, David Stanton, who with Sarah and their daughters Charlotte and Olivia we are delighted to welcome into our collegiate fellowship, and certainly not to imprisonment.” In his sermon welcoming David to his new appointment, the Dean of Westminster, the Very Revd Dr John Hall, mused on a 13th century dispute between the Bishop of Worcester and the Abbot of Westminster over who had jurisdiction over Malvern Priory, leading to the imprisonment of the proposed new Prior of Malvern at Westminster when he was sent there to be confirmed. The Dean said of Canon David’s departure from the Cathedral: “The Diocese of Worcester and the Cathedral community are immensely grateful to Canon David Stanton for his ministry as Precentor and Pastor for the past eight years. There are many who are indebted to him for his careful preparation of acts of worship and for his pastoral care.” You can read more about his successor as Canon Precentor, Dr Michael Brierley, later in this issue.
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  3. 3. ‘Aspects of Worcester Cathedral’ Photographic Competition Our annual photographic competition (this year will be the third) has given a lot of pleasure all round. To those organising and judging it we get excited to see the entries; the feedback from visitors who viewed the photographic exhibition at the end of October was that it was inspirational and they admire the talent of the photographers capturing this lovely place; and the photographers themselves enjoyed the competition immensely. For the second year the winning photos were published in the Worcester News and the best photos can be seen on our website. The competition web page continues to be one of the most frequently visited. Our aim is that the photographs from the competition inspire visitors to explore the Cathedral, to see it through new eyes and see aspects of the building that they may not have noticed before and to take photographs and enter the next competition, which this year’s will be launched at Easter time. We plan to have an additional category for Cathedral staff, who to date have not been allowed to enter, but who we hope will be able to add a different dimension to the photo entries and give us something unusual. For a full list of winners and commended entries, visit Over 16’s 1 st Prize: ‘The Prayer’ - John Fox Under 16’s 1 st Prize: ‘Angel Dust’ - Wilf George
  4. 4. February Monday 10 Friday 28 February ‘Seeing and Mapping our World’ Exhibition of photographs of rare and antiquarian maps from the Cathedral Library Dean’s Chapel Friday 14 – Friday 28 February Love Worcester Heritage Festival Friday 14 – Sunday 23 February Love Themed Self Guided tour of the Cathedral Free historical tour Friday 14 February, 7pm Renewal of Marriage Vows Service Lady Chapel Saturday 15 February, 10am - 5pm Living History Fayre Societies and groups in the Cloister Monday 17 – Saturday 22 February Safari BackpackTrail For young people to explore the Cathedral. Available from the shop £5 + refundable deposit Monday 17 February – Monday 10 March Exhibition ‘Worcestershire Winter Games’ - An Olympic Legacy North Cloister Friday 28 February, 5.30pm Sung Eucharist for St Oswald March Saturday 1 March, 1.10pm-1.50pm Free lunchtime recital by University of Gloucestershire and Community Choirs Wednesday 5 March, 7.30pm Ash Wednesday Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes Monday 10 March Wednesday 23 April Exhibition ‘Stations of the Cross’ by Patrice Moor Dean’s Chapel Saturday 15 March, 7.30pm Spring Into Action Concert for Clic Sargent Tickets £6 - £12 fromWorcester Live Box Office 01905 611427 Saturday 22 March, 5.30pm Installation of New Canon Precentor at Evensong Tuesday 25-March, 1.10pm-1.50pm Free lunchtime recital by Hilliard-Darby High School Choir Wednesday 26 March, 7.30pm Royal Grammar School concert Tickets: 01905 613391 Saturday 29 March, 7.30pm WFCS Concert - Verdi Requiem Tickets £7 - £25 from Worcester Live Box Office 01905 611427 April Friday 4 Wednesday 23 April Sculpture ‘Christ Proferring the Cross’ Chapel of Prayer Saturday 5 April, 11.30am Qatia Day Service Sunday 6 April, 6.30pm Arvo Pärt: ‘Passio’ Tickets £12 available from 07549 634068 Monday 7 - Monday 28 April ‘Experience Easter’ Free family trail around the East End of Cathedral
  5. 5. Wednesday 9 April, 2.30pm National Youth Choir – Junior and Senior Girls’ Choirs Concert – programme TBC Saturday 12 - Tuesday 29 April ‘I am alive for ever’ Triptych by Nigel Groom Chapel of Prayer Saturday 12 April, 1.10pm-1.50pm Free lunchtime recital by Trumbull High School Choir from Connecticut, USA Thursday 24 April – Thursday 8 May Exhibition ‘A Celebration of Nature’ Chapter House Easter Services Sunday 13 April, Palm Sunday 10.30am, The Liturgy of Palm Sunday Monday 14 April 11am, Chrism Eucharist 7.30pm, Compline with address Tuesday 15 April 7.30pm, Compline with address Wednesday 16 April 7.30pm, Compline with address Thursday 17 April, Maundy Thursday 7.30pm, The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday Sunday 27 April, 2.15pm Scouts St George’s Day Parade Friday 18 April, Good Friday 10am, Blessing of the Ecumenical Walk of Witness Lent Lectures 12noon, Service of the Word 1.45pm, The Liturgy of Good Friday Wednesday 12 March Wednesday 19 March Wednesday 26 March Wednesday 2 April Wednesday 9 April 7.30pm, The Guesten, 15 College Green Saturday 19 April, Easter Eve 8.30pm, The Easter Liturgy Sunday 20 April, Easter Sunday 10.30am, The Cathedral Eucharist 4pm, Evensong 6.30pm, Music and Readings for Easter Day
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