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CONTENTS Dean’s letter


National Cathedral worship growth report


Join the adventure - Alpha courses


The Barlett Bells


Christmas Gifts at Liverpool Cathedral


Christmas Events continued


Light up an Angel


Christmas Opening Hours


Give the gift of hope this Christmas


Festive Boxing Day Organ Recital


2017 Cathedral Christmas brochure


Ian Tracey a special anniversary


Liverpool Lights the way 22

Peace on Earth family 10 concert

To Beer or not to Beer


Celebrate Cathedral Christmas

LJMU becomes Guardian of Liverpool Cathedral


In our thoughts and prayers


Embracing Hope


Diary dates


Liverpool Cathedral Abseil 2017



Christmas services 12 at Liverpool Cathedral Christmas Worship


Christmas lunch at Liverpool Cathedral


Christmas Events


LJMU becomes A Guardian



Next issue: February 2017 Deadline for submissions: January 11th 2017 Article ideas are always welcome, please email Sarah Doyle: Editors reserve the right to edit contributions. »» For updates on events why not follow us on twitter @LivCathedral or Facebook/Liverpool Cathedral 3

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It seems extraordinary to me that Christmas 2016 will be the fifth that Cathy and I have celebrated in Liverpool, since I took up the post of Dean in September 2012. We now feel ourselves to be thoroughly at home, and the routine of Advent and Christmas this year will be very familiar to us! But in fact, much has changed even in the last 12 months. It is only a year since we said goodbye to Canon Cynthia, as she retired from the post of Canon Chancellor; and it is barely half a year since we installed Canon Ellen as her successor. It’s barely half a year, too, since we said farewell to Eryl, as our Director of Enterprise, 4

and only a few weeks since we welcomed Paul into that role. There have been other significant personnel changes to our staff in both the Communications and HR departments, and we have installed a new Lay Canon on Chapter (as well as numerous new lay and clergy members of the College of Canons) and commissioned a new Cathedral Evangelist. Since last Christmas, our Cathedral curate, Mohammad, has been ordained as a priest; and we have said farewell to our Mission Pastor, Mike Prescott. One thing I have learned about this Cathedral over the last 4 years is that nothing stays still for very long. And yet, in another sense, nothing changes. We continue to press on in the same direction - not least in pursuit of our Strategic Plan. Our ‘£24m for 2024’ appeal remains on track and in focus, as does our goal to double the number of those who worship with us weekly. We continue to define ourselves as ‘a safe place to do risky things in Christ’s service’. And as ever, the month of December will be especially rich in the mission opportunities it presents to us. Do please make use of the leaflet you will find as an insert in this edition of Cathedral Life (additional copies of which will be available from the Welcome Desk or from the stewards on Sundays), to invite friends and family, neighbours and colleagues to share in carol services with us. They are sure of both a high quality experience of worship and a warm welcome among us. Right at the heart of the life of our Cathedral is the good news that in the birth of Jesus, the Saviour of the World has been revealed, and in him the infinite and eternal love of the Living God. In all the hectic activity of Advent and Christmas in the Cathedral diary, our prayer is that we will be co-workers with God in sharing this glorious good news with all those with whom we have to do. »» With every blessing Dean Pete, Dean of Liverpool

THE Dean welcomes national cathedral worship growth report The Very Revd Dr Pete Wilcox has warmly welcomed the report confirming nationwide cathedral worship attendance grew by 18% in the ten years up to 2015. Commenting on the report, the Dean said, “This very much chimes in with our experience here in Liverpool. Attendance at Sunday worship has grown significantly over the last two years, and our congregations have become much more diverse ethnically and in age range”. Overall, the report points to the strength of cathedrals in general and Liverpool Cathedral in particular. We regularly welcome over 400 people at services on Sundays, with a further 300 during the week. It also highlights the popularity of our Christmas services. In 2015, 3,674 worshippers came to our services during the Christmas period, matching the national trend of attendance. Holy Week and Easter services were also well attended, with 4,470 worshiping with us. “Christmas and Easter are obviously key celebrations for committed Christians. The figures suggest that the general public in fact retains more of a loyalty to the Christian story than the media often declares.”

“We hold strongly to the view we are a cathedral built by the people for the people and our service to the community is really important to us. Our recent partnership agreement with Liverpool John Moores University, to become the first corporate Guardian of our 24 for 2024 appeal, demonstrates our civic value and the importance the University attaches to our cathedral in delivering a rich student experience.”

OUR Top STATISTICS: »» Number one attraction in Liverpool, as rated by TripAdvisor. »» Cathedral welcomed over 400,000 visitors in 2015. »» Nearly 9,000 school children joined us over the year. »» 14 graduation ceremonies attended by over 20,000 people. »» 53,834 people attended the 148 different cultural events.

Join the adventure Breakfast Alpha Sunday 8th January, 8:45am at Liverpool Cathedral. Free admission, donations welcome. Visit:



Thomas Bartlett was born in Liverpool on the 5th of July 1839, youngest son of ship owner, John Adams Bartlett (17861855) and Mary nee Wood (c.17991879). John was a scion of an old Devon family being born at West Teignmouth., and married Mary at the Chapel of St. Nicholas, Liverpool on the 13th of January 1824. He died in Liverpool on the 6th of February 1855, and she 6

did so on the 7th of April 1879. Thomas grew up and spent most of his life at 6, Pembroke Place, but in the last few decades resided at No. 12. For a period too, in later years, he shared his home with his elder brother, John, a Brewer, who like him, was a bachelor. The brothers were educated at the Liverpool Collegiate Institution. In due course Thomas went into the wine business as a merchant and shipper with offices at 32, Castle Street.

THE BARTLETT BELLS He was wealthy enough to leave generous bequests to Liverpool Cathedral, including £20,000 towards the installation of bells in the Tower which was then under construction. When the writer was a small boy in the 1930s, the Cathedral was a familiar site to him, living as he did in Princes Park. The slowly rising structure was topped by two giant cranes; but by the time he first visited the Cathedral in 1948 to hear Holy Evensong, the Tower was complete, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott having set in place the final pinnacle six years earlier. Bartlett envisaged thirteen bells although, in the event, only twelve have been rung. Each bell was given a unique inscription, and all of those apart from that on the tenor bell were taken from The Book of Common Prayer version of the Psalms. The inscription on the tenor bell however was taken from the New Testament. Names for the bells, e.g. Emmanuel, James, Peter, and appropriate texts were chosen by individuals who had played a seminal role in the building’s development, and the initial letters of the texts spelled out THOMAS BARTLETT. In order to achieve that one of the bells was inscribed with two texts! The thirteen Bartlett bells are grouped in a ring surrounding the great Bourdon Bell.* The thirteen smaller bells were cast at the Mears & Stainbank Foundry, Whitechapel. The Tower having been completed and roofed and the bells hung, the signal for them to be rung for the first time was given by Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth during a visit to Liverpool with Prince Philip,

Duke of Edinburgh, on the 17th of November 1951. She gave the signal from a dais in Gambier Terrace, but did not actually enter the Cathedral on that occasion. A strong pointer to Thomas Bartlett’s interest in the Cathedral, lies in the fact that his elder brother, William, a devout Christian and a leading Liverpool lawyer with chambers in North John Street, was a member of the Cathedral Executive Committee. It is more than likely that he enthused his younger brother with the ambitious project. Bartlett is known to have enjoyed travel both at home and abroad, including visits to spa towns such as Buxton and Harrogate. He also enjoyed his trips to London where he would frequent favourite restaurants and clubs, and particularly enjoyed taking himself off to D’oyly Carte operas by W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan at the Savoy Theatre in the Strand. The Census of 1891 has him staying at the Metropole Hotel in Brighton! To facilitate his travels abroad, he purchased a steam yacht in which he sailed to West Africa where it had its mooring, as well as to China and other destinations. His death occurred on the 4th of September 1912, and his final resting place is to be found over the door in the Ringing Chamber of the Tower of Liverpool Cathedral where his ashes lie in an ornate metal coffer on a stone plinth. Requiescat in Pace. »» By Dr Alec Ellis * See Baron Vestey and Sir Edmund Vestey.


Give the gift of Hope this Christmas

Christmas is the season of giving and what better gift could you give than the gift of hope? This time of year that can be difficult for individuals and families who are already managing on extremely tight budgets. Hope+ needs your support this Christmas. Hope+ Foodbank, named after the street that connects both Cathedrals has, since opening in February 2013, now provided a grand total of 33,000 food parcels to people in need. Nadine Daniel, Hope+ Project Manager, said “We provide support for everyone who needs it. We see people from all over the city of Liverpool and from all over the world. People find themselves in need for so many different reasons from local people who have fallen on hard times to refugees fleeing war zones. We offer a warm welcome, safety and support to all.” The ongoing refugee crisis continues to push the number of people in crisis up. Nadine continues “At this time of year I would ask people to remember that Jesus himself was a refugee as a baby. It is a little known fact that at least 40% of our volunteers at 8

Hope+ are actually refugees claiming asylum. They want to give something back and help us, the people who helped them.” “I want to thank the people of Liverpool so much for their continuing support. The generosity found in this city is like nowhere else. I truly believe we wouldn’t have achieved half as much in a different city. It is the human kindness found here that makes us so blessed. I am hopeful that this Christmas we will experience the same big-hearted show of compassion.” The Foodbank Christmas wish list includes items that might make somebody’s Christmas that little bit more special. Christmas food, toys or stocking fillers would be welcome. You might want to consider re-gifting any unwanted items that you receive. You can make your donation of nonperishable food items, toiletries, and clothes in the collection boxes in Liverpool Cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Quaker Meeting House, and Liverpool Parish Church. »» To make a cash donation contact 0151 702 7237 or email:

Plan your Christmas at Liverpool Cathedral. #cathedralchristmas


Peace on Earth Presented by our Schools Singing Programme

Monday 12th December at 7pm



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Join us for this family concert featuring Liverpool primary school choirs; joined by guest artist Liverpool’s singer in residence, Danielle Thomas.

Find out more, contact: 0151 702 7234 10

Celebrate Cathedral Christmas

As we build towards Christmas we enter our busiest and most joyful time of the year. We welcome you as you join us for all or part of that time. We want to add that special touch to your preparations for Christmas. So whatever the reason for you choosing to spend time with us we hope that you feel welcomed to our cathedral this Christmas. You may be joining us for one of our popular services or taking part in one of the many carol concerts and events that return to us every year. Whether it is the Darkness to Light service, the Blessing of the Crib or the Boxing Day Organ recital there is a cathedral Christmas experience for all.

You may want a unique Christmas gift or nativity from our shop. You might wish to relax and enjoy Christmas food in our cafes. You could want to remember a loved one with a Christmas angel. This brochure will help you plan your cathedral Christmas. We know that many people have one service or event that is part of their Christmas tradition. This brochure will help you find yours. We look forward to welcoming you. We want to give you space this Christmas, to ponder the hope and peace promised in the Saviour’s birth. Have a great Cathedral Christmas. »» Image courtesy of © Paul McMullan 11

Christmas Services

Join us for our awesome services this festive season to make your Christmas experience complete

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Cathedral Worship Plan your Christmas worship journey and join the cathedral community in our seasonal services from Advent Sunday to Epiphany. For more visit:

From Darkness to Light Sunday 27th November 5:30pm - 1st Sunday of Advent

Lighting of the Tree and the Blessing of the Crib Sunday 4th December 3:00pm - 2nd Sunday of Advent. Please note the change of date for this service.

‘Hurry to Bethlehem’ Sunday 11th December 3:00pm - 3rd Sunday of Advent. A celebration for the days before Christmas for the whole family, with the Junior Choir and Youth Choir of Liverpool Cathedral and children from Childwall CE Primary School.

Christmas Sequence of Carols with the Cathedral Choir Saturday 17th December 3:00pm.

Holly Bough Carol Service Sunday 18th December 3:00pm - 4th Sunday of Advent.

Carols for Christmas Eve Saturday 24th December 3:00pm.

First Eucharist of Christmas Saturday 24th December 11:30pm.

Festival Eucharist for Christmas Day Sunday 25th December 10.30am

Choral Eucharist for Epiphany Sunday 8th January 2017, 10:30am.

Carols for Epiphany Sunday 8th January 2017, 3:00pm See for more details. *Details correct at time of printing 13

Christmas Lunch


Come in and enjoy a 3 course Festive Meal Deal Soup, festive sandwich and mince pie, served in The Welsford Restaurant or the Mezzanine Café Bar, also available as a takeaway. Free wi-fi. Monday to Fridays - 9.00am - 4.30pm • Saturdays - 9.00am - 4.30pm Sundays - 12noon - 5.00pm

St James’ Mount, Liverpool L1 7AZ. Call 0151 702 7251



@LivCathedral OR @LivCathEat

Christmas Events We are delighted to be hosting a wide range of carol concerts and events bringing seasonal cheer to all.

Electric Carols Saturday, 26th November 7:30pm. Lady Chapel, free entry, booking required, free parking.

Action for Children Christmas Concert Wednesday 30th November 7:00pm. Main Cathedral, tickets: (available from the shop) £8 (concessions £5), parking £4.

Winter Arts Market a project by OPEN CULTURE Saturday 3rd December 10:00am until 7:00pm. Main Cathedral. Pay on the door entry: £2 (under 16s free), parking pay on exit.

Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir ‘Ceremony of Carols’ Saturday 3rd December, 12:30pm until 13:15. Lady Chapel, free entry, parking pay on exit.

‘The Coming of Christmas’ Hft Carol Concert Tuesday 6th December 7:30pm. Main Cathedral, tickets: (available from shop) £10 (concessions £8), parking £4.

‘Celebrate a Liverpool Life’ R Charity Carol Concert Wednesday 7 December 7:30pm. Main Cathedral, tickets: (available from shop) standard £10, concessions £8, family £28, parking £4.

Light the Way Candlelit Vigil for the displaced Friday 9th December 7:00pm. Cathedral steps & Plaza, free event, free parking.

Sancta Lucia ‘Festival of Light’ Service Saturday 10th December 6:00pm. Main Cathedral, tickets: (available from the shop) £10 (children under 12 free), free parking.

Marie Curie ‘Lights to Remember Service’ Sunday 11th December 6:00pm. Main Cathedral, free entry, no booking required, free parking. See for more details. *Details correct at time of printing 15

For more Christmas gift ideas visit our cathedral shop. You’ll also discover one of the widest range of nativity sets on Merseyside.

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Christmas Events Liverpool Renaissance Singers’ Concert ‘Christmas Across the Channel – Noel d’outre-Manche’ Sunday 11th December 8:00pm. Lady Chapel, tickets: (available from the shop) £8 (concessions £5), parking £4.

‘Peace on Earth’ presented by our Schools’ Singing Programme and featuring Danielle Thomas Monday 12th December 7:00pm. Main Cathedral, tickets: (available from shop) £2 (children free), parking £4.

Radio City’s Cash for Kids Carol Concert Tuesday 13th December 7:00pm. Main Cathedral, tickets: £10 priority seating and refreshments (Radio City) or £5 standard (available from shop), parking £4.

Cheshire & Merseyside NHS Carol Concert Wednesday 14th December 7:30pm. Main Cathedral, free entry no booking required, parking £4.

Alder Centre Candle Service Thursday 15th December 7:30pm. Main Cathedral, free entry no booking required, free parking.

Christmas Classics Friday 16th December 7:30pm. Main Cathedral, tickets (available from shop) £12 (children £6), parking £4.

The Liverpool Echo Carol Concert Wednesday 21st December 7:30pm. Main Cathedral, tickets: (available from shop) standard £10, concessions £7, family £25, parking £4.

Festive Boxing Day Organ Recital Monday 26th December 11:15am. Main Cathedral, tickets: £5, parking £4.

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Celebrate this Christmas with an unusual memento lit up on one of our Christmas trees, find out more at:

Contact Tina Morris on 0151 702 7226 Or email:


Christmas Opening For our shop and food outlets and tower experience

Christmas Eve

Sat 24th Dec




9am - 3pm 9am - 2.30pm 10am - 3pm

Christmas Day

Sun 25th Dec


Boxing Day

Mon 26th Dec


Tue 27th Dec





Wed 28th Dec

Mezzanine Thur 29th Dec

10am - 4pm 10am - 3:30pm 10am - 4pm

Shop Mezzanine


Fri 30th Dec




Sat 31st Dec

10am - 4pm


New Year's Eve

10am - 4pm 10am - 3:30pm

10am - 4pm 10am - 3:30pm 10am - 4pm 10am - 4pm 10am - 3:30pm 10am - 4pm




New Year's Day

Sun 1st Jan 2017

Mon 2nd Jan 2017

9am - 5pm 9am - 4:30pm 10am - 4pm CLOSED Normal hours resume

Our shop and dining will be open before every evening event this Christmas. Thank you - in choosing to spend your money with us you help support the mission and ministry of Liverpool Cathedral. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2017. PLEASE NOTE: Tower Experience has same opening hours as the Shop with a last ticket time of 30 minutes prior to closing.


Festive Boxing Day Organ Recital Monday 26th December at 11:15am

Experience one of our awesome services this festive season to make your Christmas complete. Organist Titulaire - Professor Ian Tracey.

St James’ Mount, Liverpool L1 7AZ •


Professor Ian Tracey CELEBRATES a special anniversary As we approached the 90th anniversary of the consecration of our magnificent organ we spoke to Ian Tracey who will be playing the recital. As well as being the 90th anniversary of the consecration of the organ, this year marks the completion of Ian’s 36th year as Cathedral Organist, and 50 years since he first played the cathedral organ as an organ student. An historic anniversary warrants a programme to reflect the occasion and Ian has carefully selected pieces that nod to his illustrious predecessors Harry Goss-Custard and Noel Rawsthorne. “I am aware that I may well not be playing the 100th Anniversary Recital” Ian commented, “so I wanted a programme that really reflected the history with nods to both Gossy’s 40 years and Noel’s 25.” Ian has chosen Goss-Custard’s arrangement of Mendelssohn’s Scherzo from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as well as a piece Noel Rawsthorne composed for Ian for the 75th Anniversary - Phantasie on the Chorale ‘Wachel Auf’. As Ian said “We have always used the Anniversary recital to mark not just the great organ but also those whose lives have been bound up with playing this magnificent beast”. For Ian, Liverpool Cathedral organ has played a central part in his life. Showing an aptitude for the instrument at an early age, Ian began life in the cathedral loft at the age of 15, and after posts as Organ Scholar and Assistant, took over from Noel Rawsthorne in 1980. Along with his role as Chorusmaster to the Liverpool Philharmonic and Organist of the City of Liverpool, Ian has built up an international

reputation, playing on many of the great cathedral and concert hall organs around the world and recording numerous CD’s. He sees this work as an ambassadorial role for the City and Cathedral “being privileged to play around the world helps to create a global audience for recitals at the cathedral” Since its consecration, Liverpool Cathedral Organ has attracted a great deal of attention. Designed as the largest musical instrument ever conceived, its building was made possible thanks to the generous donation of Mrs Barrow, a city merchant, and on the whim of her nephew, Walter Ridley, who wanted to be able to play on a large cathedral organ. In the early days, this recital was so popular that special trains known as the ‘Willis Specials’ - were laid on to bring people up from the South of England. For Ian, the love of playing on such an iconic instrument drives and sustains him in the hours of practice which goes into each of these recitals.. “I certainly don’t play in the same manner as I did in my younger years; back then I clearly had more of the energy which youth affords, but experience teaches you different things about the instrument, the acoustics of the building and gives you a much more mature approach to composer’s vision and the historical and musical perspective. I am looking forward greatly to the recital, for being an occasion to play some party pieces and to pay tribute to my great predecessors, whilst celebrating another milestone year in the life of our iconic and world-renowned instrument”.


Liverpool lights the way

In the run up to the busy Christmas period, Ellen Loudon, Director of Social Justice & Canon Chancellor invites us all, to bear witness and acknowledge the millions of people displaced from their homes, by participating in a candlelit vigil on 9th December. Working together with Christian Aid, Liverpool Diocese, and Hope Not Hate Liverpool; we are encouraged to share hopeful stories of communality and kindness as well as highlight the plight of the displaced. As Eirlys Jessop from Christian Aid says: “Liverpool is famous as a diverse and multicultural city. Everyone in Liverpool either originates from somewhere else or knows someone who is from somewhere else. With so many living in places away from their birthplace we invite you to think about the 65 million people who are fleeing from conflict and crises, their joyful homes a distant memory. They are forced out by darkness of violence and 22

fear, searching for safety and refuge.” From the steps of Liverpool Cathedral’s Plaza, churches and other groups can help shine light and bring hope into people’s lives this Christmas time, by lighting candles, listening to stories, singing songs and celebrating the rich diversity of our city. Currently in the UK refugees are portrayed negatively in the media and this means their inherent dignity is challenged. The vigil will embrace Christian Aid’s Christmas campaign #LightTheWay and the on-going campaign #changethestory. The vigil is an opportunity to change our perception of displaced people, highlighting welcoming experience and sharing positive stories of hope and love. The vigil will also embrace the Hope Not Hate campaign #MoreInCommon reminding us that as a nation of diversity, we share more than we imagine divides us.

To beer or not to beer

There is only one sensible answer to the above! Bees from hives here at Liverpool Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral have been so ‘buzzy’ this year that as well as keeping us well supplied with delicious jars of honey there has been enough to embark on a golden new product this summer. Introducing our bee-autiful new 2 Cathedrals product, a specialist ale, which is brewed locally in Merseyside. 2 Cathedrals is a dry and refreshing blonde beer that has been brewed with honey as an ingredient rather than as an additive. This means that much of the sugar is fermented out so that only the aroma and flavour remain. Liverpool’s two cathedrals joined forces to make and sell honey from beehives in their own grounds back in 2013.

It all came about thanks to a pioneering conservation project, which encourages people to learn about bees and help halt the alarming decline in the UK bee population. The hives were placed in the grounds of the two cathedrals and have been producing a high quality crop of local honey each year, which has been on sale in the two cathedral shops ever since. Beekeeper John Moran, who created the project, was a fireman during the Toxteth riots in 1981 and later became a teacher. The Honey Bee Project was established by Moran and fellow teacher Mike Hewlett in 2011 to teach people about bees and try to

halt decline of bee numbers. He said he was inspired by the example of the city’s two former bishops - Anglican David Sheppard and Roman Catholic Derek Warlock - to promote unity in the city. John added: “When I walked along Hope Street between the two cathedrals I remembered the two bishops bringing communities together for the good of the city, then the idea for the cathedral beehives came to me. “People come to Liverpool’s cathedrals from all over the world - it’s a powerful symbol for visitors to see the two churches working together for the good of the community and the environment.”

A dry and refreshing blonde beer.

Great Christmas giftS »» The bottles of 2 Cathedrals honey beer retail at £3.50 each or you can purchase a presentation gift pack containing three bottles for £11.95. »» You can pick up a jar of 2 Cathedrals honey for £5.50 »» Available from Liverpool Cathedral shop. 23

LJMU becomes Guardian of Liverpool Cathedral

Professor Nigel Weatherill, Vice Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University and the Dean of Liverpool, the Very Revd Pete Wilcox signed an historic £1m agreement that means LJMU will become the first corporate Guardian of Liverpool Cathedral. LJMU will become one of only 12 Guardians who pledge to bring £1m to the cathedral’s £24m for 2024 campaign. The £24m for 2024 campaign aims to build on the spirit of the founders of Liverpool Cathedral. It seeks to ensure that, by the time we celebrate the centenary of the consecration in 2024, the cathedral will be fit for purpose for its second centenary. Being a Guardian will mean LJMU will be able to secure and enhance their graduations, they will also be able to enhance 24

the student experience at the university. The cathedral is committed to working with the University in these and other ways to maximise student benefit. The Dean of Liverpool the Very Revd Dr Pete Wilcox said “This agreement marks a significant step in our longstanding relationship with Liverpool John Moores University. As a Guardian the University will make a generous contribution to securing our future.” LJMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Nigel Weatherill said: “Liverpool John Moores University has long enjoyed a significant and symbolic relationship with Liverpool Cathedral that makes studying and working here, a standout experience. We are proud to continue to invest in this special relationship which will bring benefits to the city and our student community, for years to come.” »» Image courtesy of © Matt Thomas

IN OUR THOUGHTS & PRAYERS Take the time to say a prayer during this festive season for someone special in the circle of your life. Pray for all those who are suffering through the violence of others, the victims of terror in every part of the world. Pray for the turning of human hearts towards peace, and seek justice and equality so that the needy are not forgotten and the hope of the poor not taken away.

EMBRACING HOPE SERVICE The next Embracing Hope service is due to take place on Monday 28th November, 7pm to 9pm. Embracing Hope is open to all whose lives have been affected by the serious illness or loss of a child. People are invited to share in a simple, intimate service in the Lady Chapel and visit the Children's Chapel.  For further details contact Dianne Rothwell on 0151 702 7201.


DIARY OCTOBER 30th 10.30am

Choral Eucharist for All Saints Sunday. Preacher: The Venerable Jennifer McKenzie, Archdeacon of Wigan and West Lancashire



Choral Evensong attended by members of the King’s Regiment

6th 3.00pm

Eucharist for All Souls: Requiem by Maurice Durufle. Preacher: Canon Myles Davies

13th 10.30am

Choral Eucharist for Remembrance Sunday. Preacher: The Venerable Jonathan Chaffey, Chaplain in Chief, Royal Air Force


Merchant Navy Service of Remembrance. Preacher: The Reverend Martyn Gough, Deputy Chaplain of the Fleet

27th Please note: no service of Choral Evensong at 3pm


From Darkness to Light: An Advent Procession



Embracing Hope Service in the Lady Chapel



Processional Choral Evensong during the Winter Arts Market (10am to 7pm)

4th 3.00pm Lighting of the Tree and Blessing of the Crib Please note the earlier date for this service this year 9th


Choral Evensong and Installation of Lay Canon



Santa Lucia Festival of Light Service


Handel’s Messiah performed by two Cathedral Choirs at the Metropolitan Cathedral



Hurry to Bethlehem – a celebration for the days before Christmas for all the family



A Christmas Sequence with Liverpool Cathedral Choir



The Holly Bough Service



Carols for Christmas Eve


The First Eucharist of Christmas. Preacher: Canon Myles Davies



Festival Eucharist for Christmas Day. Preacher: The Bishop of Liverpool


Evening Prayer



Morning Prayer and Eucharist for St Stephen’s Day


Boxing Day Organ Recital: Professor Ian Tracey

JANUARY 1st 8th


Eucharist for the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus (no visiting choir)


Evening Prayer (no visiting choir)


Choral Eucharist for the Epiphany


Epiphany Carol Service

22nd 10.30am

Choral Eucharist for the week of prayer for Christian Unity. Preacher: The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester


Choral Evening Prayer at the Metropolitan Cathedral. No service at Liverpool Cathedral at 3pm



Schools Epiphany Service. Preacher: The Bishop of Liverpool


ABSEIL 2017 Indoor Abseil in February and Outdoor Abseil in August see website for details

Are you brave enough? Get involved, contact Liverpool Cathedral’s Fundraising Manager on 0151 702 7226 or email: or see our website for further information.

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OUR SERVICES Sunday 8:30am



Choral Eucharist (in Main Space)


Zone 2 (all age informal worship in Concert Room)


SEPAS Congregation


Choral Evensong*



Weekdays 8.30am

Morning Prayer




Choral Evensong*

Saturday 8:30am

Morning Prayer




Choral Evensong

*Said on Wednesdays and during school holidays unless visiting choirs present St James’ Mount, Liverpool L1 7AZ, 0151 709 6271


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