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Birmingham and Lichfield Advent Services

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The High Sheriff followed saturday evening’s Free Radio Live at the Genting Arena and the BOA Students participation with two Advent Sunday Services in the County, in Birmingham and Lichfield Cathedrals.  Birmingham in the morning was also the celebration of the Cathedral’s 300th anniversary and the refurbishment that has been made in 2015.

Sermon gives thanks
Sermon gives thanks







The Dean delivered a sermon of thanks to all who had contributed in so many ways, past and present to the  development and maintenance to the Cathedral.  Communion followed with a large congregation receiving blessings from President The Revd Canon Nigel Hand and Deacon Revd Tim Clarke. Readings were given by Judy Hand, Vivienne Arnold and Cannon Janet Chapman. Throughout the service the Cathedral Choir sang beautifully. Advent Sunday was also the occasion for the first time visitors had to see the 2000 glowing  ‘soul boats’ hanging above the congregation. Created by artist Jake Lever as a part of the Cathedral’s 2015 Arts programme each boat has a message from a  member of the public that faces the God in the skies while the hull’s are painted gold and slowly move to the air currents.

programme for the day invited the congregation to look up and wonder at the Soul Boats hanging quietly above.
congregation under the soul boats
congregation under the soul boats
sould boats and burne jones window
soul boats and burne jones window
Dean Catherine looks to the soul boats
Dean Catherine looks to the soul boats














For more information about Advent events and pictures from the service please go to the Cathedral Website

scilian visitor
scilian visitor
At the end of the service we met a lovely couple from Scilly that were visiting Birmingham for the day and had come to Advent.  We engaged in conversation and they were surprised that the Cathedral Dean was a woman.  Catherine confirmed she is a priest and dean of the Cathedral and later tweeted:

Met couple from Sicily (me in vestments). Him: cdnt believe that I’m a priest. Her ‘it’s a good idea’.

Later that day we attended the Advent Service in Lichfield Cathedral ‘from darkness into light’. While the wind blew and the rain threatened outside the service began in total darkness and slowly, but surely the procession made its way from north to south, from darkness to light by 1000 candles to the sounds of the great ‘O’ of Antiphons of Advent. The first advent candle was kindled and shone in the darkness and began the procession led by the Right Revd Adrian Dorber and accompanied by the Schola illuminated by six candles in the gallery high above the congregation. During the 7 stage procession the Schola sang each Antiphon complimented by the choir.

5 of a thousand candles
The Choir’s candles


extinguishing candles
The candles were extinguished at the end of Service and thus begins three weeks of Advent leading to the week of Christmas.

The Cathedral website has a diary of Advent which can be found here








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