A Message from the Dean,
the Very Reverend Alexandra Meek
Welcome to All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral.
In the Prayer After Communion on the first Sunday in Advent we address God as the One for whom we wait. I find this invocation to be powerful, knowing that we do not wait in vain but always in hope, in joy, in peace and in love for the good news of the God who not only arrives but lives and remains amongst us through the life of Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is with this sense of waiting, that I am so glad that we will be able to gather together in prayer as we mark the beginning of another year in the Church. I am glad for the opportunity to pray together, to wait and to watch and see how God will yet again will walk with us in the coming year.
The pandemic has been difficult to navigate, and we know that for some returning to in-person worship will take time. We hope that during this season that is so naturally suited to prayer, we will be able to gather in safe and easy ways to help us remember the joy and the gift that gathering together can be. We will also continue to offer online services each week at 11am and our weekly study group will remain online for those who need or wish to continue to worship from home. Please know that whether you are at home or in the Cathedral, your presence and participation in this community is deeply valued and you remain in my prayers.
Beginning this Sunday, we will return to three worship services at 8am, 9am and 11am. Please note, that in order to accommodate changes that continue to be necessary due to the pandemic, the 9:15 has been shifted forward by 15 minutes. An Advent Evensong will be held on Sunday, December 5th at 7pm and we invite you to join us at the Cathedral for this service. As we draw nearer to Christmas, there will also be a service of Holy Eucharist on the Darkest Night, Tuesday, December 21st at 7pm, for those who find this season difficult and need a space for quiet prayer and reflection. On Christmas Eve, we will join together for worship at both 7pm and 11pm to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Once again I thank you for your continued support of All Saints’ Cathedral. These past two years have tested many elements of our life together but time and again it has been a joy to share with you in finding new ways to give thanks and celebrate the life of this community and the hope that we share in Jesus our Lord.
Yours in Christ,