Easter Evening: Prayers for Peace

On Easter Sunday, St Paul’s Cathedral will remember those who perished in terror attacks in the presence of the Consul of Belgium, the Consul-General of Turkey and other members of the Consular Corps.

A solemn Choral Evensong at 6pm on Easter Day will commemorate those who perished in recent terror attacks in Belgium and Turkey, and other areas of conflict. Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium, Dr Pierre van Osselaar, and Consul-General of the Republic of Turkey, Mr Mehmet Kucuksakalli, will deliver messages of peace, calling for unity and reconciliation.

The Dean of Melbourne, Dr Andreas Loewe, said: “Easter marks the conviction that death will not have the final word. Our celebration of Christ’s rising from the dead gives hope even in the midst of great conflict and fear. Our commemoration holds in tension both the reality of death and the sadness of grief, and the Christian hope of resurrection. It is an invitation to commit again to the work of reconciliation and peace.”

At the service candles of remembrance will be lit by members of the Consular Corps, as Cathedral clergy lead a roll of recent places of conflict and terror. Dean Andreas said: “We will light candles to remember those who have died as a tangible reminder of the Easter hope: that we are called to be lights of hope. We all can be bearers of Christ’s message of love and peace. By our prayers and actions we can show our broken world that love is greater than hate, and stronger than death”.

A Book of Condolence is available to record messages of hope and thanksgiving for the people of Belgium. Members of the public, and those wishing to pay their respects to those who died and join in prayer for peace, are welcome to attend this commemorative service.

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Walk for Justice for Refugees

Join members of the St Paul’s Cathedral community, and many other community members concerned for the welfare and safety of refugees this Palm Sunday at 2pm for a walk of witness through our city.

The Dean of Melbourne, Dr Andreas Loewe said: ‘I will be one of many walking for justice for refugees this Sunday. My faith tells me to welcome and caring for strangers. In the Biblical stories such a welcome is not only about providing food and shelter, but also involves advocacy on behalf of those seeking refuge. Again and again, God’s people are told to make sure that refugees are neither wronged nor oppressed, and given a fair hearing under the law.’

Dean Andreas added: ‘That is why many church leaders in Australia and I continue to advocate for fair-go for refugees. Together we ask the Federal Government to let those who are threatened with detention stay in our local communities, and to let more realistic numbers of those displaced by war and conflict come to Australia. And until that message is heard, our work of welcome and advocacy continues. I invite you to walk with us for justice, and to share in prayer and acts of service, to make refugees fully welcome in Australia’.

The Walk for Justice for Refugees commences at the State Library on Swanston Street on Palm Sunday 2016 at 2pm.



Patriarch of Serbia prays for unity

During his visit to Australia, the Patriarch of the Serbian-Orthodox Church, His Holiness Irinej, visited St Paul’s Cathedral, to meet Cathedral clergy and pray for the unity of Christians. Patriarch Irinej, accompanied by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, and Serbian-Orthodox clergy from Melbourne was met by Dean Andreas, Precentor Heather Patacca, Senior Lay Canon Colin Reilly and Cathedral staff.

Dean Andreas, as Vicar General, conveyed warm greetings from Archbishop Philip Freier, and presented gifts to the Patriarch. As part of their visit, the Patriarch prayed the Troparion of Pentecost: ‘Blessed art thou, O Christ our God, who has revealed the fishermen as most wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit; through them thou didst draw the world into thy net, O lover of mankind. Glory to thee’.

Patriarch Irinej concluded his prayers for unity by leading the singing of the Kontakion of Pentecost: ‘When the Most High came down and confused the languages, He divided the nations, but when He distributed the tongues of fire, He called all to Unity. Therefore, with one voice, we glorify the All-Holy Spirit’.

Holy Week and Easter Services

This Holy Week and Easter join us in the Resurrection Journey: From the Cross to New Life.

Monday-Wednesday of Holy Week

9:00am Eucharist
12:15pm Midday Eucharist
5:10pm Choral Evensong (Monday: Evening Prayer)

Maundy Thursday

6:00pm Choral Eucharist with washing of feet
An evocative service remembering the Last Supper at which Jesus washed the feet of his friends, followed by a silent vigil of prayer

Good Friday

9:00am Choral Liturgy of the Cross and Communion
A solemn telling of the Passion story in music and commemoration of the death of Jesus on the Cross with opportunity for personal prayers under the Cross

12:30pm Devotions under the Cross
A meditative service of readings, addresses, Passion hymns and prayers, marking the final three hours of Jesus’ life and his death on the Cross

7:00pm The Crucifixion – John Stainer
A telling of the Passion story through the music of John Stainer, performed by the Cathedral Choir of boys and men. Free admission: a donation of $25 per person will help cover the costs of this Good Friday tradition

Easter Day

6:00am Easter Vigil with Baptism and Confirmation
A dramatic dawn service from darkness to light, with lighting of the new fire and Easter candle, Baptism and Confirmation and first Eucharist of Easter

8:00am Traditional Language Service
Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer 1662 with Easter hymns

9:00am Family-style service
A celebratory Eucharist with Easter hymns, children’s activities and Easter eggs

10:30am Choral Eucharist
A festive Choral Eucharist with Blessing of the Easter Garden, led by the Archbishop of Melbourne

下午二时正  复活节华语圣餐崇拜 | 2:00pm Easter Service in Mandarin
复活节主日下午二时正  A celebration of the Easter story with communion, led in Mandarin Language

6:00pm Choral Evensong
Choral Evensong with festive music for Easter

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St Paul’s Music First: News Girls’ Choir

Girls’ choir debut in the cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne has become the only cathedral in the southern hemisphere with a designated girls’ choir, partnering with Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School in Essendon.

Eighteen girls from the school will form the Girls’ Voices of the Cathedral Choir, which will make its debut later this year. The girls provided a short performance at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, February 12.

The Dean of Melbourne, Dr Andreas Loewe, is delighted at the new venture. “Many cathedrals in Australia have mixed choirs. We are privileged in adding an entirely new choir to our traditional choir of boys and men, which has been leading choral weekday and Sunday services since 1888.”

Dr Loewe says the new choir is a matter of equity. “The Cathedral believes that women and girls should be given the same opportunities for leadership and ministry in our Cathedral as men and boys: whether they aspire to be archbishops or choristers.”

Lowther Hall, which has a strong track record as a leading educator in arts and music, was chosen as the Cathedral Girls’ Choir School after a rigorous 18-month selection process.

The principal, Ms Elisabeth Rhodes, observes: “This is a significant milestone for our school and an appropriate recognition of girls and women within the Anglican Church. We are honoured to have been selected. It is a wonderful opportunity for the girls and will enhance Lowther Hall’s extensive range of musical offerings for our students.”

St Paul’s music director Philip Nicholls says the 18 girls will sing with a small group of experienced women who will act as mentors and role models. He envisages that the girls’ choir and male choir will sing on different days, and combine at important festivals.

The Girls’ Voices of the Cathedral Choir are being supported by the Friends of Cathedral Music (UK) and other philanthropic partners. If you would like to support them, tax deductible donations can be made to our Music Foundation.

The Girls’ Voices project has been generously supported by the Gross Foundation, and the Friends of Cathedral Music (UK).

Hear the girls’ voices sing in St Paul’s: