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‘Not a Creature was Stirring’: Refugee installation comes to St Paul’s for Christmas

A Christmas tree made from the life-jackets of Syrian children is shown at St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne this festive season as a reminder of the plight of refugees the world over. Archibald-prize winning artist Ben Quilty and Mirra Whale created the 12-foot tree from hundreds of child-sized life-jackets abandoned on the beaches of Lesbos.

The Dean of Melbourne, the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, said: “Ben Quilty’s sculpture, Not a creature was stirring, is a powerful reflection on the human cost of war and conflict. The hi-vis Christmas tree at the entrance of our Cathedral is a reminder that Jesus and his family became refugees almost immediately after his birth. It is an invitation to us to open our hearts to help people displaced by war and conflict.”

During the height of the Syrian civil war hundreds of refugees daily undertook the journey from Turkey to the European Union by boat. Overcrowded vessels, unsafe flotation devices and insufficient coastguard provision made crossing the Eastern Aegean perilous. The pile of life-jackets left on the beaches became a symbol of a safe crossing.

Loewe grew up on the coast of South Wales and was involved in the UK lifeboat service there. “I remember what it’s like to pull people of the freezing water, often by their life-jackets,” he explained. “And so when we were approached by a private collector asking whether we would host the life-jacket Christmas tree, I immediately said yes”.

Dean Loewe said: “At the height of the Lesbos boat arrivals, one of my friends from UWC Atlantic College, Robin Jenkins, brought a UK lifeboat to Lesbos. Robin joined Greek coastguards to help save refugees from drowning. Their success is reflected in this sculpture: Ben’s tree of life-jackets is a sign what it means to be saved – literally being snatched from death to be given a new life.”

Quilty’s sculpture is displayed alongside images drawn by Syrian refugee children. Travelling to refugee camps in Northern Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan at the invitation of aid agency World Vision International, Quilty worked with primary-school aged children to give voice to their story and their hopes.

St Paul’s Cathedral has been vocal in advocating for refugees for many years, and its successful outreach programs serve countless new migrants to Melbourne. Dean Loewe said: “Ben’s exhibitions bring the conflicts of distant places close to home. I hope that our Christmas exhibition will encourage Melburnians to share with us in making refugees welcome in our city and nation. I hope that any will join us in our advocacy and concern for those who have lost their homes, and who now need to build a new life in our nation”.

Quilty’s sculpture is on display at St Paul’s until February 2019.

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The Diggers’ Requiem

The Diggers’ Requiem is a moving and beautiful Australian tribute to mark the end of World War One a century ago and is dedicated to the memory of our Defence Force personnel and civilian victims.  Including music written by seven of Australia’s finest living composers, this prelude concert will be performed in St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne on Wednesday, 26 September.  The Diggers’ Requiem was co-commissioned by the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Australian War Memorial, with the Brass concerts supported by the Australian Defence Force.

The concert will feature 12 works accompanied by projected historical imagery. These brass concerts have been written for trumpet, accordion, soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone, bagpipes and brass band and will be performed by leading soloists

The duration will be 80 minutes with no interval.

We welcome all Australians to join us for this special Brass tribute to those who sacrificed so much a century ago.

The Diggers’ Requiem
Wednesday 26 September, beginning at 7.00pm.
St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne
FREE CONCERT

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Sunday Readings in World Languages

2 September 2018

English

Song of Songs 2.8-13
James 1.17-27
Mark 7.1-8, 14-23

Arabic  عَرَبِيّ

Song of Songs 2.8-13
James 1.17-27
Mark 7.1-8, 14-23

Chinese (Traditional) 繁体字

Song of Songs 2.8-13
James 1.17-27
Mark 7.1-8, 14-23

Chinese (Simplified) 简体字

Song of Songs 2.8-13
James 1.17-27
Mark 7.1-8, 14-23

Spanish Español

Song of Songs 2.8-13
James 1.17-27
Mark 7.1-8, 14-23

Hindi हिन्दी

Song of Songs 2.8-13
James 1.17-27
Mark 7.1-8, 14-23

Italian Italiano

Song of Songs 2.8-13
James 1.17-27
Mark 7.1-8, 14-23

Maori

Song of Songs 2.8-13
James 1.17-27
Mark 7.1-8, 14-23

Japanese 日本語

Song of Songs 2.8-13
James 1.17-27
Mark 7.1-8, 14-23

Korean 한국어/韓國語

Song of Songs 2.8-13
James 1.17-27
Mark 7.1-8, 14-23

Tamil தமிழ்

Song of Songs 2.8-13
James 1.17-27
Mark 7.1-8, 14-23

Tagalog

Song of Songs 2.8-13
James 1.17-27
Mark 7.1-8, 14-23

Urdu اُردُو

Song of Songs 2.8-13
James 1.17-27
Mark 7.1-8, 14-23

Vietnamese Tiếng Việt

Song of Songs 2.8-13
James 1.17-27
Mark 7.1-8, 14-23

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Vacancies

Join the ministry team at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne.

St Paul’s Cathedral requires a dynamic, people-centred Canon Missioner with demonstrated ability in growing and educating lay leaders to make disciples, and multiplying leadership teams. This is a strategic new fulltime role as part of the Cathedral’s commitment to be a place of ‘evangelisation that makes and equips new generations of Christians’. 

The Canon Missioner will be a senior priest with extensive ministry experience (5 or more years in Holy Orders). She or he shares with the Dean and ministry team in developing mission, discipleship and education programs to promote growth in the knowledge of God and spiritual maturity among the Cathedral’s current members, and to build new relationships with local residents and visitors.

Download the Position Description and full application details

Download the application form

Applications are open to priests of the Anglican Church of Australia (or another member Church of the Anglican Communion) with the right to work in Australia, and need to be received by 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Friday, 28 September 2018 in order to be considered.

Yakama Yapaneyepuk Exhibition

St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne with Kaiela Arts Shepparton presents –
YAKAMA YAPANEYEPUK (COME TOGETHER)
Works by Aboriginal artists from Kaiela Arts

Artists from Kaiela Arts Shepparton have collaborated with St Paul’s Cathedral Artist-in-Residence Sean Whittaker. This exhibition features the outcome of the collaboration and responds to the concept of ‘Coming Together’

Exhibition: Open Daily 26 May – 22 June (Free Admission)
Location: The Transept Gallery – St Paul’s Cathedral
Cnr Flinders St and Swanston St, Melbourne VIC


Image Acknowledgement:

Amanda Ormiston: Sand Painting
Tammy-Lee Atkinson: Totems
St Paul’s Cathedral stained glass door detail

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Mothers’ Day Classic – Road Closures

Please note that next Sunday 13 May, there will be a number of road closures for those approaching the Cathedral from the South West of the CBD, due to the Mother’s Day Classic fun run. Fortunately, access to the Cathedral will not be directly impacted, but if you are concerned that your route may be affected, do check this summary of road closures.

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Gloria

Date: Friday 4 and Saturday 5 May
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: St Paul’s Cathedral, Cnr of Swanston Street and Flinders Street, Melbourne
Cost: $30 Full / $15 Concession
Booking: Online via Eventbrite

An all-sensory experience of historic architectural beauty, modern visual spectacle, choral and orchestral music, and the timeless genius of Vivaldi, presented by the students of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, the University of Melbourne.

Featuring the Early Voices and Baroque Ensemble, Stephen Grant (musical director), Erin Helyard (musical director), Jane Davidson (creative director).

Gloria and Beatus vir are two of Vivaldi’s most beautiful and moving choral works. Set within the magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral, and using magical visual imagery, these spellbinding performances offer unique experiences of uplifting emotion.

Featured image © Sarah Walker.
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Child Safe Policy and Code of Conduct

St Paul’s Cathedral is strongly committed to safeguarding the children and vulnerable people who participate in our services and other activities.

As such, we are delighted that a new Child Safe Policy and Code of Conduct for the Diocese of Melbourne have recently been approved by Archbishop in Council. These documents will standardise the safeguarding policies of individual churches, making child protection consistent across the Diocese.

The Cathedral was heavily involved in the creation of these documents; the Code was drafted by a working group led by Canon Chancellor Michael Shand, and including  Dean Andreas, a former member of Chapter, a Choir member and Choir parent, along with representatives from Kooyoora (Diocesan Professional Standards) and the St Hilary’s Network, which has a substantial ministry to children and young people. As one of the most ‘volunteer-rich’ churches in the Diocese, the Cathedral also acted as a testing ground for new compliance requirements, with all our volunteers obtaining Working with Children check and Police Checks, and undertaking Professional Standards training. We have appointed a Compliance officer, to ensure that all clearances are up to date and any anomalies can be swiftly dealt with.

We commend the Diocese of Melbourne for taking this important step, and pray that it will herald a safer and more transparent future.

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Dean’s Lent Addresses 2018: The Passion according to St John – Crucified for us

On this page you can find details of the final of the Dean of Melbourne’s Lent Addresses 2018, The Passion according to St John: Crucified for us. You can find the first Lent Address here, the second address here, the third here, and the fourth here, and the fifth here.

For Christians, Lent is a period of renewal and growth.

In this address, the Dean of Melbourne, the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, reflects on Jesus’s death on the cross as told in the Passion of St John, and on the German composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s invitation, in a chorale, to become ourselves bearers of that cross by placing it in our hearts.

You can read the reading Dean Andreas reflects on in his talk, and you can watch his talk.

When you have done so, you may wish to use the questions for group reflection our congregations are using for their Lent discussion.

Reading for the Sixth Sunday in Lent:

You first may wish to read the Bible reading on which this talk is based John 19.16-30.

Dean’s Address:

Questions for Group Discussion or Individual Reflection:

Reflecting on Dean Andreas’s sermon and our readings today:

  • For John, the death of Jesus takes place at the same time as the lambs for the Passover sacrifice are offered. What does John say about the sacrifice of Jesus? What may it mean for Jesus to be ‘the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’?
  • Throughout this trial and execution, Pilate sought to provoke the religious authorities, this time by commissioning an inscription declaring Jesus ‘the King of the Jews’. In what way may Jesus be said the King of the Jews, and what does his kingdom look like?
  • On the cross, Jesus entrusts his mother to the care of his cousin and disciple John. How can we become Jesus’ family?
  • Jesus dies with the words, ‘it is finished’ on his lips. What is Jesus’ accomplishment, and how has Jesus completed what he set out to do? How can we show the same obedience and trust to God’s purposes in the works God gives us to do?
  • In Johann Sebastian Bach’s chorale heard at the end of the sermon, he invites us to place the cross of Jesus in our hearts. What would it look like for us to open our hearts to Jesus, and to become a living sanctuary of the cross? What qualities come to mind, when you think about opening your heart to Christ? What things might you need to take up, or let go off in this process?

Dean Andreas’s invitation for the Week ahead:

In the week ahead I invite you to open your hearts to Christ: receive him as your consolation in times of adversity and your delight in times of joy, Receive him as your brother, who seeks to number all people among his family. Receive him as your judge, who for us ‘so charitable, has bled himself to death’. Make place in your hearts for his cross as a sign of your confidence, knowing that he who hands over his life to the Father has conquered death, and that he who takes up his life again, gifts all those who receive him a share in the life that is forever.

Prayer at the end of your study time:

Lord Jesus Christ,
you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant,
and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation:
give us the mind to follow you
and to proclaim you as Lord and King,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

© The Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne, 2018

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Dean’s Lent Addresses 2018: The Passion according to St John – Sentenced to Die

On this page you can find details of the fifth of the Dean of Melbourne’s Lent Addresses 2018, The Passion according to St John: Tried for his kingdom. You can find the first Lent Address here, the second address here, the third here, and the fourth here.

For Christians, Lent is a period of renewal and growth.

In this address, the Dean of Melbourne, the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, reflects on Jesus’s death sentence before Pilate as told in the Passion of St John, and on the German composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s reflection in a moving chorale that although we may not recognise in the broken man of sorrows the King of all kings, we know that Jesus’ suffering for us in time is an aspect of his eternal sovereignty.

You can read the readings Dean Andreas reflects on in his talk, and you can watch his talk.

When you have done so, you may wish to use the questions for group reflection our congregations are using for their Lent discussion.

Readings for the Fifth Sunday in Lent:

You first may wish to read the Bible reading on which this talk is based John 18.38-19.16.

Dean’s Address:

Questions for Group Discussion or Individual Reflection:

Reflecting on Dean Andreas’s sermon and our readings today:

  • Why do you think the religious leaders called for Jesus Barabbas (whose name means Bar Abbas, ‘Son of the father’) to be set free, rather than the true Son of the Father, Jesus Christ?
  • Do you believe that Pilate really believed that Jesus was innocent and sought to set him free? If so, why did he not follow up on his intention? Was this powerful tyrant in reality powerless, or was he swayed by popular opinion?
  • What does Jesus mean when he says to Pilate, ‘you would have no power over me unless it was given you from above?’ Where does Pilate’s power come from? Why does Jesus’ power, which is shown forth in powerlessness, last forever and Pilate’s is ultimately broken?
  • Does God suffer? Would Pilate, or the religious authorities, have expected God to be a broken, bleeding man? Is that why there were unable to recognise that Jesus is God?
  • In Johann Sebastian Bach’s chorale heard at the end of the sermon, he suggests that Jesus the only way in which we can repay Jesus for the gift of himself is through giving him our love and allegiance. How can we show forth our love for Jesus in the world?

Dean Andreas’s invitation for the Week ahead:

In the week ahead I encourage you to reflect on Christ’s gift of love for you. I invite you give thanks for the gift of Christ’s mercy, and to pray that we might be given strength to show forth this mercy and love in our own interactions with others this week – in the way we love, and serve others: at home, at work, and in the places in which we worship.

Prayer at the end of your study time:

Lord God, your Son our Saviour
gave his back to the smiters
and did not hide his face from shame:
give us grace to endure the sufferings of this present time
with sure confidence in the glory that shall be revealed;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

© The Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne, 2018