Rochester Cathedral Commemorates 9/11
Rochester Cathedral is commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington (known as 9/11) with a visual installation on the Pavement in front of the High Altar.
A moment of silence will be kept at 1.46 on Sunday the time of the first impact on the World Trade Centre and a prayer offered for world peace.
The installation will be in the cathedral from Friday afternoon to Monday morning. Access will be limited on Saturday due to ordination service.
A pile of dust and rubble built on the table top of the cathedral’s mensa altar and overshadowed by two requiem candles symbolising the twin towers of the New York World Trade Centre will be the focus for our remembrance. Set in the very heart of the cathedral, the image will be transmitted to a TV screen by the Great West Doors and will call to mind all those who died that day and all whose lives have been taken or scarred by the violence of terrorism.
The ruinous heap reminds us of the dust and ashes from which we all have been formed and to which we will return – and our need for God to breathe forgiveness, hope and new life into all that we spoil and destroy.
People are invited to stand or kneel in the silence before the installation in remembrance and to light a candle in memory of a victim and as a commitment to reconciliation and peace within the human family. For Christians, the death of Jesus Christ on the cross reaches out into the darkness and pain of every age to heal, comfort and redeem. People of all faiths and none are invited to share in this moment of commemoration and our common commitment to peace.
International Summer Organ Festival 2011
This year's International Summer Organ Festival brings organists from Italy, Spain, Denmark and the UK to Rochester to play at the free series of concerts, which take place at 4.30pm on Sundays from 17th July to 28th August. Below is a list of the recitals, but further details are available on the Concerts & Recitals page.
Sunday 24 July
Arnau Reynes Florit (Palma de Mallorca, Spain)
Sunday 31 July
Peter King (Bath Abbey, UK)
Sunday 7 August
Kristian Krogsøe (Aarhus, Denmark)
Sunday 14 August
Giampaolo Di Rosa (Rome, Italy)
Sunday 21 August
Kevin Duggan (Bornholm, Denmark)
Sunday 28 August
Stefano Vagnini with Giorgia Ragni, Soprano (Fano, Italy)
Consecration of Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney
A large number of congregation, staff and volunteers attended this service at St Paul's Cathedral.
We wish Adrian well in his new role. Until a new Dean is appointed, we welcome Canon Dr Philip Hesketh as our new Acting Dean.
A personal message from the Dean
Tuesday 22 March 2011
Today at 10.30am I will be at St Paul’s Cathedral for the public announcement that I have been appointed the next Bishop of Stepney. My new role represents a return to my roots in urban ministry, and while I will relish the opportunity to work in one of the most challenging and exciting parts of the country, I will be very sad to leave the Cathedral, Rochester, and Medway. These last six years have been a great privilege, and I will carry with me an enormous number of precious memories.
My final Sunday here will be 3 July. In the afternoon at evensong (3.15pm) there will be a formal farewell and I hope that you might be able to set that date aside in your diary.
After being consecrated (as a Bishop) on 22 July we will move from the Deanery to our new home in Mile End at the beginning of August. The Bishop will appoint Phil Hesketh as Acting Dean once I have gone, so you can be confident that the Cathedral is in good hands, and will continue to serve the community with energy and commitment.
The Church of England will initiate an appointments process for a new Dean, but these things move very slowly and it is likely that it will be the Summer of 2012 before the next Dean of Rochester arrives.
There will be plenty of time for goodbyes in due course. For now I am fully focused here, and will look forward to meeting up with you once the dust has settled from today’s announcement!
King James Bible - 400th Anniversary
2011 is the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, a landmark moment for English speaking peoples all over the world. The year will see many lectures and events on the King James Bible, including BBC documentaries and the issue of a Royal Mail commemorative stamp.
We are marking the anniversary at Rochester Cathedral by a free lecture in the Nave on 2nd March at 7pm (see Special Events). From the beginning of the year, we will also have for sale special 400th anniversary facsimile editions of the King James Bible available from the Welcome Desk at £26.99.
Further information about the national celebrations can be found on www.kingjamesbibletrust.org.