News from around the Archdiocese of Liverpool
We begin the month of May with a special Choral Evening Prayer in Celebration of Seventy Years of the National Health Service on 2 May at 6.00 pm. Lord Alton and Dame Lorna Muirhead will be speaking at the service of thanksgiving and dedication.
The first female Dean of Liverpool Cathedral, Canon Susan Jones, is to be installed at an afternoon service on 5 May. She will be the eighth Anglican Cathedral Dean at Liverpool Cathedral and will be the fourth I have worked alongside during my time here at the Met. I’m sure she will be given a warm welcome to Merseyside. Our Cathedral Choirs will be joining with the choirs from Liverpool Cathedral for a joint performance of Handel’s Messiah at Liverpool Cathedral the following Saturday 12 May at 7.00 pm.
Light Night throughout Liverpool City Centre takes place on Friday 18 May. Following Choral Evening Prayer that evening there will be a dance performance entitled the ‘Nelken Line’ representing the four seasons of the year on the Cathedral steps. From 7.00 pm three of Liverpool’s finest brass bands will perform a variety of music in the main Cathedral concluding at 9.00 pm
Sunday 20 May is Pentecost Sunday with the biannual Two Cathedrals Service and Pentecost Procession on Hope Street taking place from 3.00 pm. We begin with a short twenty minute service at Liverpool Cathedral followed by a procession with some choral stops along the way to finish on our Cathedral steps with a final short liturgy. It is perhaps the strongest symbol of our unity as Christians on Merseyside - coming together to celebrate Pentecost and pray for our local region.
The first anniversary of the Manchester concert bombing falls on Tuesday 22 May. We have been asked by Manchester City Council to provide a live screening of the memorial service (taking place in Manchester) within our Cathedral for those affected who would like to witness the service and yet not have to travel to Manchester to take part. This will be starting at 2.00 pm that afternoon in the main Cathedral.
The Cathedral in partnership with Nugent is jointly hosting a Concert in the Philharmonic Hall of the Priests on 1 June. There are still a few tickets left which are available from the Philharmonic booking office.