7.00pm: Cathedral Eucharist Online
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
The Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas) brings to an end the celebration of the birth and manifestation of Jesus, which began at Christmas. The child who had been revealed to the magi at his birth is now recognised by Simeon and Anna, when he comes to be presented in the Temple according to the Law of Israel. As well as looking back for the last time to Christmas, today we also begin to look forward to Lent, as we hear the words of Simeon to Mary: ‘and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’ Traditionally at Candlemas there was a blessing of all the candles that were to be used in church throughout the coming year. This year, we invite you to bring a candle to this online service, and following the service to place it in your window as a sign of the light of Christ, which shines even in the darkness of the current pandemic.
The President of the Eucharist is The Very Revd Nicola Sullivan, Dean of Southwell.
The Preacher is The Revd Dr Richard Frith, Canon Precentor.
The Lay Clerks of the Cathedral Choir are directed by Paul Provost, Rector Chori.
The organ is played by Jonathan Allsopp, Assistant Director of Music, and James Furniss-Roe, Organ Scholar.
The setting for the Eucharist is Missa ‘Beata Virgine’ (à 4) by Cristóbal de Morales (c.1500-53).
Please do join in at home as you are comfortably able: you may wish to stand, sit and kneel as you normally would in church (we have included instructions for posture in the order of service for this reason), and/or to speak and sing along with the congregational elements of the service.
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