Cathedral diary: March 2019

By Canon Anthony O'Brien, Cathedral dean

The daffodil stalks are already emerging in the ground and by the beginning of March we should have a bright display of yellow blooms for St David's Day to herald the coming of spring.

There is also a lot of activity within the Cathedral during the early part of the month. On Saturday 2 March, Hope University is hosting the Annual University Choirs Festival, with more than 12 universities taking part. This will conclude with an evening concert in the Cathedral at 7.30pm.

The next morning Archbishop Malcolm will welcome civic, judicial and church representatives to the 11am Solemn Mass for the Annual Civic Mass. This is normally a colourful gathering with mayors from all boroughs across the Archdiocese dressed in their ceremonial robes.

We start the season of Lent with the reception of Ashes on Wednesday 6 March. We will have Masses at 8am, 12.15pm and 5.15pm. Later, in the evening, there will be a Service of the Word with distribution of ashes from 7.30pm in the Cathedral's Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

There will also be a special Service of the Word at 3pm on the First Sunday of Lent for the enrolment and welcoming of everybody who has been preparing to be received into the Church at Easter.

The Chapter of Canons meets at the Cathedral on 19 March for Mass and for its Chapter meeting. By coincidence, this is the feast of St Joseph, patron of our diocese. The occasion will have even more significance for a number of us older Canons who trained at Upholland College – our seminary had St Joseph as its patron too.