You are warmly invited to visit Newcastle Cathedral – whether you wish to join us for worship, or are seeking some space for peace and quiet, or are interested in exploring the Cathedral’s treasures – all are welcome.” Cathedral of St. Nicholas
May 21, 2017, we visited the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. We were given a warm welcome of music when we entered the sanctuary. It was early evening, the time of Evensong. This service is usually a sung rendition of vespers following the Anglican tradition.
The cathedral is named after St Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors and boats, which speaks to the nearness of the River Tyne. It has a long history, beginning with a parish church built in 1091. Music has always been a strong tradition at the Cathedral.
“As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Canon for Music and Liturgy, has brought together a ‘Virtual Church Choir’ of volunteer singers from churches across the region. Recording their voices remotely, at home, they are being mixed together to provide three or four hymns each week for use in the Cathedral’s online worship – and by anyone else who would find them useful.” Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Today, as we celebrate Easter and the welcome of Spring, may we remember the words or Saint Francis of Assisi.
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.”