We began the month of May with a special Choral Evening Prayer in celebration of seventy years of the National Health Service on 2 May. Lord Alton and Dame Lorna Muirhead both spoke at this service of thanksgiving and dedication.
Then, on 5 May, the first female Dean of Liverpool Cathedral, Canon Susan Jones, was installed during an afternoon service. She becomes the eighth Anglican Cathedral Dean, and the fourth that I have worked alongside during my time here at the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Our own Cathedral Choirs joined forces with the choirs of Liverpool Cathedral for a joint performance of Handel's Messiah at Liverpool Cathedral the evening of Saturday 12 May.
Light Night throughout Liverpool City Centre took place on Friday 18 May. Following Choral Evening Prayer, there was a dance performance on the Cathedral steps entitled 'Nelken Line' and representing the four seasons of the year. Then, from 7pm, three of Liverpool's finest brass bands played a variety of music in the main Cathedral, concluding at 9pm.
Sunday 20 May was Pentecost Sunday – and the biannual Two Cathedrals Service, and Pentecost Procession on Hope Street, got under way at 3pm. We began with a 20-minute service at Liverpool Cathedral, followed by a procession with choral stops along the way, and finished on the Met Cathedral steps with a final short liturgy. This is perhaps the strongest symbol of our unity as Christians on Merseyside – coming together to celebrate Pentecost and pray for our region.
The first anniversary of the Manchester concert bombing fell on Tuesday 22 May. We were asked by Manchester City Council to provide a live screening within our Cathedral of the memorial service being held in Manchester; this would serve those affected people who wished to witness the service yet were unable to travel to Manchester.
Finally, the Cathedral, in partnership with Nugent, is jointly hosting a concert of The Priests in the Philharmonic Hall on Friday 1 June. There are still a few remaining tickets available from the Philharmonic box office.