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Each Friday Cathedral community member, and “self-discovered” medieval and liturgical historian, Blair Martin, leads interested folk in reflections and discussion on how we connect the ancient stories and rituals of Feast Days to the world of 2021, developing a sense of purpose & meaning for our disrupted and changed lives. Along the way the focus is also on matters of social justice and our call to be “Saints on a Mission”, living out the Great Commission – to be “Easter People” living in the Resurrection and bringing the good news of the gospel to the lives of those around us.

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Saint Helier 


Saint Abdon and Saint Senner 


Saint Justus & Saint Pastor


Saint Cassian of Imola


Saint Marina the Monk


Nativity of Saint John the Baptist



Saint Martinian & Saint Processus 


Saint Everildis 


Saint John of Beverley 


Saint Victor & Saint Corona


Saint Helena


Saint Bridget of Sweden 


Saint Petroc 


The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 


Saint Mary of Egypt


Saint Engratia & the Eighteen Martyrs of Zaragoza 


Saint George and the Dragon 


Saint Catherine of Sienna


Saint Barbatus of Benevento


Saint Æthelberht (Ethelbert) of Kent 


Saint Ciarán (Kieran) of Saighir 


Saint Gregory Magnus


Saint Joseph


Saint Barbara 


Saint Daniel the Stylite


Saint Ignatius of Antioch


Saint Agatha of Sicily


Saint Eulalia of Barcelona 


Saint Venerable Bede 


Saint Leonard of Noblac 


Saint Brictius (Brice) and Saint Martin of Tours


Saint Columban


Saint Bilihildis


Saint Hildegard von Bingen 


Saint Cyprian of Carthage


Saint Clare and Saint Francis of Assisi


Saint Denis of Paris


Saint Ethelflaeda of Romsey


Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Saint Bernard of Clairvaux


Saint Augustine of Hippo


Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne


Saint Protus & Saint Hyacinth


Saint Benedict of Nursia 


Saint Marcellina


Saint Mary Magdalene and Saint James Magnus


Saint Peter ad Vincula and Saint Ignatius of Loyola 


Saint Boniface of Mainz


Saint Barnabas


Saint Margaret of Scotland


Saint Cyril of Alexandria


Saint Thomas


Saint Phillip, Saint James Alphaeus and Saint Walburga


Mother Julian of Norwich


Saint Dympna






The Visitation and Saint Joan


For the reading
And yet you ought to mourn for the world but to rejoice in the Lord, to be sad for penitence but joyful for grace, though, too, the teacher of the Gentiles by a wholesome precept has bidden to weep with them that weep, and to rejoice with them that do rejoice. But let him who desires to solve the whole difficulty of this question have recourse to the same Apostle. “Whatsoever ye do,” says he, “in word or deed, do all in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father by Him.” Let us then refer all our words and deeds to Christ, Who brought life out of death, and created light out of darkness. For as a sick body is at one time cherished by warmth, at another soothed by cool applications, and the variation of remedies, if carried out according to the direction of the physician, is healthful, but if done in opposition to his orders increases the sickness; so whatever is paid to Christ is a remedy, whatever is done by our own will is harmful.
S Ambrose – De Virginibus Ad Marcellinam Sororem Sua Libri Tres: Book III Chapter V #23b -24

She stands as pale as Parian statues stand;
Like Cleopatra when she turned at bay,
And felt her strength above the Roman sway,
And felt the aspic writhing in her hand.
Her face is steadfast toward the shadowy land,
For dim beyond it looms the light of day;
Her feet are steadfast; all the arduous way
That foot-track hath not wavered on the sand.
She stands there like a beacon thro’ the night,
A pale clear beacon where the storm-drift is;
She stands alone, a wonder deathly white;
She stands there patient, nerved with inner might,
Indomitable in her feebleness,
Her face and will athirst against the light.
(A Study (A Soul) – Christina Rossetti)

Psalm 32: 1-6 (NRSV)

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

While I kept silence, my body wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD’,
and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

Before the Gospel
Iesu corona virginum (attributed S. Ambrose of Milan – Anonymous 4, 1997)

Iesu corona Virginum,
quem Mater illa concipit
quae sola Virgo parturit,
haec vota clemens accipe.
O Jesu, the virgins’ Crown, do Thou
Accept us as in prayer we bow,
Born of that virgin whom alone
The mother and the maid we own.

GOSPEL (Matthew 12:1-8, NRSV)
At that time Jesus went through the cornfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, ‘Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath.’ He said to them, ‘Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests. Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests in the temple break the sabbath and yet are guiltless? I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. But if you had known what this means, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice”, you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.’


“One or two things we might want to note from the life of St Swithun. He was a monk in the Benedictine Community of Winchester. One of the great strengths of the Rule of St Benedict is the notion of hospitality, of welcoming the stranger in the name of Christ… His kindness is illustrated by a legend of his making whole a basket of eggs carried by a market-woman that was broken on his bridge. When crossing the bridge, she was jostled and dropped her basket of eggs.  The saint took pity on her – and made her broken eggs whole. Later legends give Swithun a reputation for compassion and evangelism, but it is his intellectual ability and learning for which hewas first remembered.

The second strand of the life of St Swithun is his concern for the poor, for the marginalised. He noticed people around him in need – the old woman whose eggs got broken, for example, or the fact that the poor of Winchester needed a bridge across the river, so that they could trade more effectively. And the third strand of Swithun’s life is his intellectual life. He was a life-long learner – one of the great themes of education in our day. How do we continue to be learners, in our Christian lives as well as in all other parts of our lives? How do we stop ourselves getting stuck intellectually and on the journey of faith?”
(A sermon preached at Godshill, Hale and Fordingbridge Churches on St Swithun’s Day, July 15th, 2018, by Canon Gary Philbrick

“Marcellina was born in Trier, Gaul around the year 330 into a Roman Christian family. Her father served as Praetorian prefect of Gaul. The sister of Ambrose of Milan, she was older than her two brothers. About the year 354 Ambrosius, the father, died, whereupon the family moved to Rome. It appears that after the death of their parents, she took responsibility for the upbringing of her younger brothers, Ambrose and Satyrus. As the eldest sister in her family, she made it a point to pass her younger brothers the “desire not to express their virtue, but to become truly virtuous.” She devoted herself to the practice of piety and asceticism, and received the veil of consecrated virginity from Pope Liberius. This life she led called for continual abstinence, dedication to prayer, strict fasting, etc. The life chosen by Saint Marcellina was one of great sacrifice.”


(Collect for A Monastic or Ascetic – APBA p 641)
O GOD, whose blessed Son became poor so that we through his poverty might become rich: deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, so that, inspired by the devotion of your servants Marcellina & Swithun, we may serve you with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one GOD, now and for ever. AMEN

Response: Loving Saviour we lift our prayers to You
The Dioceses of Northern Philippines (Philippines): †Brent Alawas; Bath & Wells (England): †Peter Hancock
The Diocese of the Northern Territory: †Greg Anderson; Clergy and People
The Parish of Manly: Daniel Hobbs, Dianne Black, Judith Phillipps
Abri Residential Aged Care – Gold Coast
The Southport School, Southport: Headmaster – Greg Wain; Chaplain – Jonathan Whereat; Chair of School Council – Fraser Perrin; members of School Council; staff & students

Parishes seeking new incumbents: Algester, Bardon, Brisbane (All Saints), Bulimba, Caloundra with Glasshouse Country, Carindale, Gayndah, Goonaneman, Grovely, Kingaroy, Lutwyche, Mt Gravatt, Sunnybank, Tamborine Mountain, The Gap, Woolloongabba.

Today’s “Cathedral Compassion”: All involved in the performing arts/ For those whose work is stressful or unfulfilling

Outreach Through Offerings: The Stepping Stone Clubhouse, Coorparoo – providing meaning, purpose, and hope for people with a mental illness.

Baptism: Finnegan, Ruby

In Our Community: Yvonne Kelly, Jennifer Godwin, Sherri Laurie, Barry, Lyn & Samantha Rees, Lynne Mortimer, Dorothy Martin, Claire Gourlay, Alex McConnell, Dugald Hutchings, Angus Hutchings, John Miesen, Melissa, Benjamin, Mavis & John Ralph, Bob & Elise Thomas, David & Wendy Clark, the Martin Family, Alwyn Hayes, Benjamin, Pamela Frost, Margaret McNickle, Julie Rogan, Pete, Gwen Trow, Patricia Elkins, Tony Howe, Steve, Lorna, Bill, Mygyn, Steph, Jeff, Eve & Nathan Oslo-Stevenson-Edwards, Graham Dorman, Michele Underwood, Douglas, Jamie Evans, Sr Gloria CHN, Heather & Tom Wood, David Roser, José Hernández, Gary Harch, Roslyn & David, Sharon Mitchell, Sarah Weston, Teresa, Caroline, George Markotsis, Phoebe Killy, Edward Kernke.

Recently Departed: Richard W. Bowie, Gordon Steele, Clarence Gomersall, George Kearney, Tony Hartley

(July 17) Benjamin Brazier (Priest), John Dale (Priest)
(July 11) Gabriel Herbert (Priest), Gladys Wicks

Rest Eternal grant to them, O GOD,
And may Your light perpetual shine upon them


When Winchester races first took their beginning
It is said the good people forgot their old Saint
Not applying at all for the leave of Saint Swithin
And that William of Wykeham’s approval was faint.

The races however were fixed and determined
The company came and the Weather was charming
The Lords and the Ladies were satine’d and ermined
And nobody saw any future alarming.–

But when the old Saint was informed of these doings
He made but one Spring from his Shrine to the Roof
Of the Palace which now lies so sadly in ruins
And then he addressed them all standing aloof.

‘Oh! subjects rebellious! Oh Venta depraved
When once we are buried you think we are gone
But behold me immortal! By vice you’re enslaved
You have sinned and must suffer, ten farther he said

These races and revels and dissolute measures
With which you’re debasing a neighbouring Plain
Let them stand–You shall meet with your curse in your pleasures
Set off for your course, I’ll pursue with my rain.

Ye cannot but know my command o’er July
Henceforward I’ll triumph in shewing my powers
Shift your race as you will it shall never be dry
The curse upon Venta is July in showers–‘.

(Oh Venta (When Winchester Races) – Jane Austen, 1817)

May GOD bless us and keep us,
May GOD’s face be made to shine upon us and be gracious unto us,
May GOD’s countenance be lifted up upon us, and give us peace
this day and forever more. AMEN.

(This guided meditation & reflection was collated by Blair Martin, July 2020)

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