Our thanks to all who joined us at our Auction of Promises. It was a tremendously successful evening, enjoyed by all. More details of the evening to follow……….
LOT 6 – OIL ON CANVAS – A WINTER SCENE
Our purpose is to worship God and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To help us do this, the Archbishop of Wales conducted our Holy Week and Easter celebrations this year which began with the Procession on Palm Sunday.
On Maundy Thursday we commemorated the Last Supper and the institution of the Holy Eucharist, the gift that Jesus gave before his death. The liturgy also re-enacted Jesus’ washing of the disciples feet as a model for all his followers to imitate as a sign of our service to others.
Also on the morning of Maundy Thursday the whole diocese came together for the Chrism Eucharist, where the Archbishop consecrated the Holy Oils which are used for the pastoral ministry of the churches in the diocese, specifically to the sick, the dying and to welcome new Christians into the community.
On Good Friday, we commemorated the Lord’s passion and death in a service that was deeply moving in which the Archbishop preached on the seven last words of Jesus from the Cross.
The Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday reminds the church that Jesus brings us from darkness into the light of his risen life. On Easter Day itself the Cathedral was overwhelmed with a huge number of people, coming to hear this message of new life and the joy of the Lord’s resurrection.
During the whole of our observances of Holy Week and Easter, over 2,200 people received Communion: in fact, at the 11am Choral Eucharist on Easter Day the Cathedral recorded the highest number of people attending this service for over 17 years.
The message of Easter is that even in the darkest of times, Jesus gives us hope in new possibilities. The prayers of our Cathedral are focused on our diocese and in particular at this time, for the people of Port Talbot. We pray for Father Nigel Cahill, Father Ben Rabjohns, Father Rhun ap Robert, Father Mark Williams and the Reverend Jayne Slennett who are ministering to the people of Aberavon, that God may strengthen those charged with finding a creative solution to help the people affected by Tata’s decision in South Wales.
This week the church of God remembers with thanksgiving that in His love for us, Jesus Christ took to himself the pain and loss of our world, experiencing both the joy and desolation of the human experience. As we hold before God the brokenness of our world, and this week particularly the tragedy that has unfolded in Brussels; let us pray for peace and the renewal of our hope in God’s gracious gift of life for all.
Almighty God, as we stand at the foot of the cross of your Son, help us to see and know your love for us, so that in humility, love and thanksgiving, we may place at his feet all that we have and all that we are; we ask this through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
The week started with Mothering Sunday and after the 9.00am Parish Eucharist service all mums received a special thank you with a posy of daffodils.
The series of lent lunches continues hosted by the Churchwardens. Previous weeks have been hosted by the Bellringers, Mothers’ Union and Cathedral Clergy and Staff. Next week is the final week, St Teilo Guild will be serving soup, bread and cheese. Thank you to all for supporting this.
We welcome the Royal College of Music and Drama to the Cathedral on Thursday 10th March for a Mozart at Llandaff concert starting at 7.30pm. Performance to include Mozart Notturni, Serenade for Winds in C minor, K.388 and requiem in D minor, K.626. For ticket information please telephone 029 2039 1391.
Please join us at the Cathedral on Sunday 13th March for the Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society Music for Passiontide performance. Starting at 6.00pm the programme is Allegri: Miserere, Duruflé: Ubi Caritas, Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus, MacMillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross, Bach: Final Chorale from the St John Passion. Please see the concert poster for full ticket information.
On St David’s Day we will be celebrating the festival with a Solemn Sung Eucharist at 5.15pm. As we give thanks for the saints who continue to inspire us on our journey in faith, we pray, with Dewi Sant, for the people of Wales and for God’s blessing on the institutions that serve us.
We shall also invest, commission and welcome new members of the Cathedral Guild of Stewards during the liturgy.
March 1st will also see the launch of the Cathedral’s new website. There will be an informal reception after the service where we hope you will take the opportunity to view the website. The Dean extends his thanks to George Pearce and his team at IAMP Ltd for their invaluable help and support.
After the devastating events of natural disaster in the Americas and surrounding Islands, our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected in these tragedies. Particularly at this time, we pray for our brothers and sisters in Mexico after the recent earthquake.
We pray for the victims, for their families, and for all relief agencies in helping those who have been injured.
Lord God, whose Son, Jesus Christ, understood people's fear and pain before they spoke of them, we pray for the people of Mexico; surround the frightened with your tenderness; give strength to those in pain; hold the weak in your arms of love, and give hope and patience to those who are recovering from injury; we ask this through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.