We’ve been spending a lot of time rehearsing. It’s slightly different in English cathedrals — we robe, and do most of our rehearsal in the choir stalls of the cathedral itself, rather than in the song school. We were interrupted in rehearsal yesterday. Norwich was once home to Benedictine monks, who kept the daily patterns … More A blessed interruption
Yesterday we said goodbye to Southwark cathedral, which has been our home for the week, and today we have travelled on a large purple bus all the way to Norwich. Southwark cathedral is a beautiful place. Huge quadrapartite vaulted ceilings arched above us as we sang; during Evensong, light spilled through the high glass windows … More A history of prayer
It was an utter privilege on Friday to leave our hotel (a little earlier than most of us would have liked) and travel by bus ninety-seven miles (whatever that is in kilometres) all the way to Beaulieu Abbey, the church from which Newcastle’s first bishop William Tyrell came. The current church was a former refectory … More A visit to a friend
Friday was the feast of St Mary Magdalene, the apostle to the apostles. It was Mary Magdalene who took the news of Jesus’s resurrection to his friends and followers; she was the first to believe the magnificence of the news she bore, and to share the good new with those closest to Jesus. What does … More Mary and all the saints
In 1549 the first English prayer book was printed, the work of the scholar Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury under Henry VIII and Edward VI, and martyred under the rein of Mary. This prayer book took worship from Latin, the language of the priests, bring it into English and the vernacular of the day; it … More Evensong at Southwark
Southwark Cathedral stands at the oldest crossing point of the tidal Thames, historically the only entrance to the City of London across the river, the one of the first visions of the great city for a newcomer, or for someone returning home. There has been a church on the site since the seventh century — … More A new home for the week.
It’s sixteen thousand, nine hundred and thirty seven kilometres between Newcastle and London, and by the time this is published, most of those of us who are about to start tour will have travelled that distance. We’ll have crossed Australia — in itself quite a journey: Australia is a much bigger country than we often … More It’s about to start…