Liturgical and Worship

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CATHEDRAL LIBRARY

 The library has an excellent selection of books which help broaden the perspective and understanding of the Anglican faith and Christian life.  The books may be borrowed on a loan basis or can be used in the library as a study or information resource. The library is situated in the Resource Centre (formerly the Old Vestry) and visitors are welcome to browse through the shelves.

 

ALTAR SERVERS

 The Altar Servers assist at the Eucharist and other main services at the Cathedral, contributing immensely to the ceremonial aspects of services to provide a fitting setting for the Eucharist. Servers wear red cassocks and white cottas which complement the robes of the clergy and lay ministers and generally participate in a team of four:

  • a Crucifer who carries the Cross to lead the procession
  • two Acolytes who carry the candles which traditionally light the Gospel Book for the Priest or Celebrant and
  • a Book-bearer who holds the Book for the Priest or Celebrant reading the Gospel.

The Servers may also assist the Celebrant at the Altar during the preparation for Holy Communion.

 

SIDESPERSONS

 The main responsibility of Sidespersons is to create a positive impression of the Cathedral since they serve an important role in greeting and welcoming parishioners and visitors at the West Door before services, acting on behalf of the Church Wardens to distribute pew leaflets and ensuring that seating is found for the congregation. Sidespersons work in pairs and during the service take the offertory, count the congregation and facilitate the movement of people to the altar rail during the Eucharist.  After the service they tidy the church and count the offertory.

 

AND THEN THERE ARE NUMEROUS OTHER TASKS AND ACTIVITIES WHICH MAKE THE CATHEDRAL A VIBRANT PLACE OF WORSHIP

 The monthly parish magazine

The floral arrangements

Tea after the Sunday Eucharist

Home and sick Communions

Hospital visiting

Special prayer requests

Bible study and faith sharing groups

Knitting beanies for seafarers

The annual Bazaar

The annual High Tea

The annual Food Fair

The second hand book sales

The jumble sales

 

AS WELL AS THOSE WHO ALSO SERVE WILLINGLY AND VOLUNTARILY

The Church Wardens

The Parish Council

The Sacristans

The Servers

The Lay Ministers

The Readers

The Flower Arrangers

The Tea Ladies

The Sound Operators

…….and those who work quietly and unnoticed ‘behind the scenes’

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