New chairs and kneelers were dedicated by the Dean of Belfast in the Regimental Chapel in St Anne’s Cathedral on Tuesday April 25.
Gardens are such an inspiration both to work in and to visit. The gorgeous rhododendron ‘Alison Johnstone’ (pictured) is in its glory at the moment at Rowallane Gardens, but we (like many other people) have bits and pieces that have come from there, and other garden sales; some that are coming on at the deanery as I write this, including a yellow-flowered tree paeony which is looking good after the frost-free spring.
Images of the concert in St Anne’s Cathedral on Saturday night by the award-winning early music ensemble Sestina.
A damp and cool start this morning, but the memories of yesterday leave a warm glow. In the absence of the cathedral choir, having its customary ‘Low Sunday’ break, the congregation had the opportunity to hear the Cantemus Choir from Coleraine at both 11.00 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.
The Sestina concert on Saturday night was a real treat, enjoyed by about 350 people. The rendition of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons was, I suppose, by some way, the most familiar part of the programme, but with the spectacular playing of the soloist, the Dutch violinist Johannes Leertouwer, it was a particularly stunning performance.
Helen and I have been truly humbled by the many messages of love and support that we have received over these days of her illness, from Belfast, Dublin, Donegal, Isle of Man, Swanage, London, Bristol, Glasgow, Salisbury, Cardiff and quite a few points in between.
‘Jubilate’, a CD featuring choristers from cathedrals across the UK, including St Anne’s Chorister Tania Murphy, will shortly be available in the Cathedral gift shop.
Dozens of children visited St Anne’s Cathedral on Easter Tuesday to take part in the Biggest Indoor Easter Egg Hunt in Belfast!
Easter Day, two days ago, may have begun wet and cold but it was lovely in St Anne’s as always, with beautiful flowers and music (thank you to all who contributed to both) and the life-changing message of Christ rising from the dead, in hymn and reading and prayer. Today, by way of a bit of fun in comparison, there is an Easter Egg hunt for children in the Cathedral which will, I hope, bring families into the building, as did the St Patrick’s mysterious adventure last month. We shall see.
Good Friday dawns with the feeling of stark contrast in the air. This is not, and never is, a normal day. The Cathedral has bare altars, and only today and tomorrow are there no Eucharists set to be held, quite different to every other day of the year.