November at the Cathedral

By Canon Anthony O'Brien, Cathedral dean

November is a month of remembrance and thanksgiving.

At our evening Mass for All Saints we began with a procession singing the praises of the holy men and women, seeking the intercession of those who had gone before us in faith; then came the 5.15pm Solemn Mass on All Souls, in remembrance of the faithful departed at which our Cathedral choirs sang parts of Mozart's Requiem.

The Welsh Choral Society sang at one of the events for the opening of our Cathedral 50 years ago and they duly marked this with a concert in the Cathedral on Saturday 4 November from 7.30pm. Remembrance Sunday then fell on 12 November, with the Merchant Navy Remembrance Service held at our Cathedral at 3pm that Sunday.

Next the choirs of Westminster and our own Cathedral combined for the final grand concert of our Jubilee Year. This was the first time that both choirs had sung together, and they performed at both Westminster Cathedral on Wednesday 8 November and here on Wednesday 15 November. The concert programme included Mozart's Requiem, with the choirs and soloists accompanied by the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. The choir also sang one of Bach's cantatas as part of an extended Choral Evening prayer on Sunday 19 November.

We celebrated the Feast of Christ the King on the last weekend of November. On the Saturday hundreds of young people from across the north-west spent the day at the Cathedral for the annual Embrace conference, incorporating workshops, prayer and a final Mass in the afternoon celebrated by Archbishop Malcolm. The following day the Archbishop presided at the Solemn Mass to celebrate our Patronal Feast.