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.
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.
All welcome for a free guided tour of the Cathedral on New Year’s Day, Monday 1 January, at 11am. The tour is arranged by the Friends of Llandaff Cathedral and will be led by historian Arthur Impey.
Start the New Year by discovering a building that enshrines nearly a thousand years of history, and houses the second most important art collection in Cardiff.