Sunday, 18 November 2012

Choral Evensong at Wakefield Cathedral

Honorary Canons are asked to preach once a year, and I fulfilled that requirement at Evensong tonight. Having also been present at a joint meeting of the Cathedral Chapter, Council and College of Canons last week, tonight was the second opportunity I have had to attend Cathedral Evensong in a little over a week. Both occasions were a testament to the superb work being acheived with the Cathedral Choirs, and also to the value of having a Cathedral in the midst of the City Centre, as a steady procession of visitors came in to light candles, pause and pray.

4pm Choral Evensong
sung by Boys & Men
Hymns: NEH 248 (ii), 206, 353
Responses:
Leighton Psalm: 95
Canticles: Collegium Magdalanae Oxoniense Leighton
Anthem: For Lo, I raise up Stanford
Voluntary: Prelude and fugue in C major (BWV 547) JS Bach
Preacher: Canon David Burrows  

Arriving at twilight gave us the opportunity to see the Cathedral Nave now free of scaffolding, as Project 2013 is now 50% complete. Yesterday's picture of the day by Rich Wainwright, from the excellent 366days.org.uk gives some idea of the scale of the work. The Chancel, where worship continues, is behind the temporary screens to the left of the picture.