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.
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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.
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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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Cathedral Hosts Service for Headteachers of Independent Schools

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On Tuesday 30th September 2014, St. David’s Cathedral, Cardiff and the Archdiocese of Cardiff played host to hundreds of Headteachers of Independent Schools and Colleges of England and Wales for an Ecumenical Prayer Service.

Archbishop George Stack presided at Ecumenical Vespers in front of a full cathedral.  The homily was given by the Rt. Rev. Dr. John Inge, Bishop of Worcester.  Music was provided by Dr. David Neville and the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir of St. David led by Mr. Dominic Neville who were joined by the Chamber Choir of Uppingham School and their director Oliver Neal Parker.  Both choirs supplied a heavenly mix of chant and classical pieces lifting those present into the heights of prayer.

The opening piece was a rendition of John Dryden’s “What Passion Cannot Music Raise and Quell” set to music by 14 year old Laurence Long of King’s School, Rochester.  The piece had complex harmonies and was a delight to the ears of all present.  A testament to a talented young composer.  Archbishop George described the piece as “extraordinary” and “beautiful”.

The headteachers were visiting Wales for their annual concert, which was held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.

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Ordinariate celebrate Evensong at St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff

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On Sunday 6th October 2013, Mgr Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham came to Cardiff to preside over a celebration of Evensong at St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff for Welsh members of the Ordinariate.  A number of people attended the service including members of parishes from the Archdiocese to witness the event.

The Cathedral Choir, conducted by Mr Dominic Neville, chanted the psalmody to great acclaim.  Mgr Newton delivered the sermon.

After the event, everyone gathered at The Cornerstone at St David’s for refreshments.  Archbishop George is pictured with Mgr Newton above courtesy of Mr Patrick So.

Week of prayer for Christian unity

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St David’s Cathedral witnessed an historic event on Sunday 22nd January when over 400 worshippers from all Christian denominations gathered for Ecumenical Vespers.  The address was given by Dr Leslie Griffiths, Minister of Wesley Chapel, London.  His topic was “The Religious Landscape of Wales at the beginning of the 21st Century” and outlined the history, the current pattern and shape of religious life in Wales, and looked to future challenges facing the churches. The address was regarded as as an outstanding contribution to the life of the Cathedral, Archdiocese and beyond.

Congratulations to the diocesan Commission for Christian Unity for organising an outstanding event.  Many thanks to Michael Woodward for taking photographs at the even, which are available on his Flickr feed.