Nation reflects on Baptism of Christ with broadcast from St. David’s Cathedral

St. David’s Cathedral was once more in the spotlight this morning with Mass of the Baptism of the Lord being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 ‘Sunday Worship’ programme.

The live broadcast meant it was an early start for the young choristers from St John’s College, who make up the Metropolitan Choir, and had followed a four-hour rehearsal the previous day.
Under conductor Dominic Neville, the choir gave a splendid performance and, according to one listener showed themselves to be one of the best cathedral choirs in the country, highlighted during the Mass by a most moving Communion Motet ‘Os Justi’ (Anton Bruckner).  They were accompanied on the organ by Dr. David Neville.
The Dean of the Cathedral, Canon Peter Collins, introduced the broadcast and presided at the celebration of this great Feast.  Archbishop George Stack gave the homily focusing on the imposing character of St. John the Baptist and how the Baptism he imparted was more than a ritual cleansing.  It marked a change in the way of life of the one being baptised.  With John the last of the Old Testament prophets and Jesus the link who brings to fulfilment everything the Old Testament contains the Baptism we enter into within the Church marks a new way of life, through the action of the Holy Spirit, to a new life in Christ.
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Holy Week begins with ‘Hosannas’ in Cardiff City Centre

Palm Sunday 2014

This morning Archbishop George Stack celebrated the 11:00 Mass at St David’s Cathedral to mark the start of the most important week in the Christian calendar, Holy Week.  The cathedral was full for the celebration which began in the glorious sunshine opposite the cathedral at the Cornerstone at St David’s, the new Diocesan social outreach project that has just been awarded major funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This first day of Holy Week is traditional called Palm Sunday.  We recall Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey as people waved palms and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David!”.  The celebration began with the distribution and blessing of Palms and recounting the Gospel story.  The congregation was then led across the road into the cathedral by the Cathedral Choir who sang Hosanna!  People passing through Charles Street stopped and watch the procession and listened to the choir.

This marks the start of a week of celebrations and devotions recalling the Passion and Death of Jesus, leading into the great celebration of the Resurrection at Easter.