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Dean preaches at the ‘other’ St Paul’s

Last Sunday evening, Dean Andreas was invited to preach at Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Drawing from the Book of Romans, the Dean spoke about the importance of Christian unity despite differences of culture and practice, as well as highlighting our refugee advocacy and work towards indigenous recognition as examples of Paul’s call to  ‘extend hospitality to strangers’ and ‘love one another with mutual affection’.

He also drew attention to the many links between the two St Paul’s Cathedrals, both historic and present-day.

You can listen to a recording of the sermon, or read the text here.

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Hiroshima Peace Day Service

At the 10.30am service on Sunday 5 August, we will mark the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima with a special Peace Day commemoration.

The service will be attended by Representatives from the Japanese Consulate and the Melbourne Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) Chapter who will provide beautiful  floral arrangements to commemorate the occasion.

Members of the Japanese community in Melbourne, and all who are committed to working for peace, are warmly invited to attend.

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Annual Report 2017

On 5 June 2018, the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral formally adopted the 2017 Annual Report. The report gives insights into the many events, activities, initiatives and ministries conducted by the Cathedral. Colleagues, ministries, and volunteers of the Cathedral have each contributed reflections on the past year. It is available to read online. Copies of the audited accounts can be obtained from the Cathedral Administrator on request.

A copy of the Annual Report can be downloaded as a .pdf here. Hard copies will be available from the Cathedral from 1 July 2018.

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Patronal Festival

Sunday 1st July, 2018

We will again celebrate our Patronal Festival with a combined Festive Choral Eucharist at 10.00am (only service that morning) to which all are invited. Our Annual General Meeting will follow the service and commence at 11.15am, followed by the Patronal Festival Lunch will 12.30pm in the Barbara Darling Room.

Bookings have now closed for the Lunch. Please contact or phone 9653 4210 if you missed out and would like to come.

A Provincial Festive Choral Evensong will be held at 6.00pm. Archdeacon Philip Muston from the Gippsland Diocese will be the preacher.

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How to Read The Bible

Ever struggle to understand what you are reading in the Bible?
Ever wonder about how to interpret and apply God’s word?

Beginning Sunday 27th May at 12.00pm ‘How to Read the Bible’ provides, over 3 sessions, an opportunity to consider these questions and more. These sessions will be led by the Canon Precentor, The Revd Canon Heather Patacca.

Contact to register.


Yakama Yapaneyepuk Exhibition

St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne with Kaiela Arts Shepparton presents –
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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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