Dean’s Blog – April 25th

Dean’s Blog – April 25th

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.

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Dean’s Blog – April 24th

Dean’s Blog – April 24th

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.

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Dean’s Blog – April 23rd

Dean’s Blog – April 23rd

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.

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Dean’s Blog – April 21st

Dean’s Blog – April 21st

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.

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Dean’s Blog – Easter Tuesday, April 18th

Dean’s Blog – Easter Tuesday, April 18th

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.

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Dean’s Blog – Good Friday

Dean’s Blog – Good Friday

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.

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