On Sunday 4 February, Llandaff Cathedral will celebrate the Feast of Candlemas with a sequence of music and readings at 3.30pm. Although Christmas Day has now passed and most decorations have long since been packed away, the Church continues to commemorate the coming of Christ and the light he brings into the darkness until Candlemas Day (2 February – 40 days after Christmas). The music and readings in this service trace our Christian journey from the expectation of Advent, the birth of the Christ child at Christmas, the visit of the Wise Men at Epiphany and finally Christ’s Presentation in the Temple at Candlemas.
We begin with the Responsory for Advent Sunday, attributed to Palestrina, and during the course of the service the cathedral choir will sing further choral music by Manz, Grieg, Mathias, Leighton, Warlock and Stopford. Biblical readings will once again recall the promise and birth of Jesus, and the events of the first part of his life among us. The sequence concludes with the Gospel for Candlemas after which the choir sing the words of Simeon in the Nunc dimittis by Sir George Dyson. There will be plenty of congregational hymns for all to sing.
All are welcome to attend what promises to be a joyous and uplifting celebration.
Find cards for every occasion at the Cathedral Shop this spring. Whether you want to wish someone a happy birthday, congratulate a couple on their anniversary, or send a message of sympathy, the shop is well-stocked with cards in a variety of styles. Why not tick those post-Christmas ‘thank you’ letters off your list, with a pack of four notecards for only 99p? You can also find cards to celebrate a loved one’s confirmation, ordination or first Holy Communion.
The shop also has a wide selection of gifts, from jewellery to books, mugs to paperweights, CDs to tea towels. The shop is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, and is situated in the southwest corner of the Cathedral (to the right as you come in the main West Door).
Volunteering in the shop is a wonderful way to support the Cathedral. If you have two hours to spare on a weekly or monthly basis, and would like to know more, please contact Mary Madsen through the Cathedral Office.
The Friends of Llandaff Cathedral Annual Lunch for 2018 will be held at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue, on Thursday 1 February. The menu will be pan-fried chicken breast accompanied by Lyonnaise potatoes and seasonal vegetables or vegetarian option, followed by rosemary panna cotta with winter berry compote and vanilla thyme shortbread, and tea or coffee. Tickets at £12 each are now available from Linda Quinn, 74 Pencisely Road, CF5 1DH. Cheques payable to Friends of Llandaff Cathedral, with SAE please. Please state any dietary requirements when booking.
On Christmas Eve at 3.30pm, the Cathedral holds its ever-popular Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.
The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols has humble beginnings. It is adapted from an order drawn up by E. W. Benson, who later became the Archbishop of Canterbury, for a Christmas Eve service in a wooden shed which was being used as the cathedral in Truro in 1880. The format has been made famous since it was first used at King’s College, Cambridge, in 1918. The service then found the airwaves in 1928 and, with the exception of 1930, has been broadcast every year since.
The service tells the story of Christmas through a series of readings from the Bible. It begins with the Fall of Humanity and then the earliest promises of Redemption through Jesus the Messiah. It continues highlighting the hopes of the Old Testament prophets until the birth of Christ, as told in the Gospels. As the name of the service implies, the narrative is reinforced through the singing of carols and hymns.
It is recommended to arrive early for this service.