||Early in December
the Friends and guests met together at the Cathedral to share the
Office of Pontifical Vespers. The sixth of the daily Offices, Vespers
marks the end of the working day, and with soft lighting falling on
the collegiate seating, a sense of peace could be felt. Bishop Richard
Moth presided and preached, giving everyone pause for thought. The
Cathedral choir under the direction of Elizabeth Stratford lifted
our worship to another dimension with choral settings of the Magnificat
by Herbert Sumsion and the anthem O thou the central orb by Charles
Wood and the organ was expertly played by David Coram who accompanied
the psalms sensitively and with understanding. The music was exceptional
and many people commented on how moving the service had been over
refreshments served at the West end of the Cathedral following Vespers.
It was lovely to see the young choristers mingling with guests and
a good opportunity to catch up with members of the Friends.
We are very grateful to all those who played
a part in bringing the service to fruition and to the many guests
in attendance which included the High Sheriffs of West Sussex, East
Sussex and Surrey, the Under Sheriff and Mayors, Lieutenants and
Deputy Lieutenants of the Counties, Headteachers of local Catholic
Schools, and The Friends trustees. We especially thank Patrick,
Michael, Pauline, Lindsey, Deacon David and Canon Tim for their
particular roles in bringing the service together. A beautiful act
of worship, we hope to see many of you again next year!