Parish Magazine Article - December 2019

    6 Nov. 2019

    This month, an unashamed advertisement for some events that are happening at our Cathedral!

    Christmas at the Cathedral

    Although I’ve been Dean for almost 18 years, I’m always discovering new things about the Cathedral – it’s a never-ending source of joy and inspiration. So, this Christmas, we’re offering a glimpse into what the Cathedral can teach us about the great festival.

    Why not join us for a journey of festive discovery as we explore Christmas through the ages? These tours are a wonderful way to discover more about Hereford Cathedral during this very special season as our experienced guides share snippets of Christmas knowledge. Each tour will feature a selection of little known stories and seasonal anecdotes which have been uncovered within the Cathedral archive.

    Here are the dates:

    Wednesday 11 December, 1.30 pm

    Thursday 12 December, 12.30 pm

    Thursday 19 December, 11.30 am and 1.30 pm

    Friday 20 December, 1.30 pm

    Monday 30 December, 11.30 am and 1.30 pm

    Tuesday 31 December, 11.30 am and 1.30 pm

    Tickets are £7.50 from the Cathedral shop and include a mince pie and hot drink following the tour from the café. Telephone Peter Challenger on 01432 374202 to book.

    2020 at the Cathedral

    2020 is a very special year at Hereford Cathedral. It is the 700th anniversary of the Canonisation of St Thomas of Hereford and we plan a series of events throughout the year – lectures, services, walks, a fun day for young people, ecumenical events and much more. There’s a new range of merchandise available from the Cathedral Shop and we plan several visits to churches in the diocese (especially Much Wenlock, Abbey Dore and Leominster Priory).

    How might your church join in the celebrations? How about inviting one of the Cathedral clergy to come and give a talk about St Thomas (we have a good power-point presentation)? Or why not consider having a parish morning at the Cathedral? Time for prayer at the shrine (we’ll meet you there) – a visit to Mappa Mundi – lunch or tea in the café - Evensong? We can tailor an event to your time-scale/interests. Do give it some thought; it’s a unique opportunity and won’t come again for many years!

    God bless you all at this Christmas-tide and throughout the coming year.

    Michael Tavinor