The Mystery of Edwin Drood
BBC2 premiered the first of the 2 part "Mystery of Edwin Drood" by Charles Dickens on Tuesday 17th January 2012. This is part of the Dickens bi-centenary celebrations for 2012. Check out the link to find out more about the filming that took place in Rochester!
Rochester Cathedral Commemorates 9/11
Rochester Cathedral is commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington (known as 9/11) with a visual installation on the Pavement in front of the High Altar.
A moment of silence will be kept at 1.46 on Sunday the time of the first impact on the World Trade Centre and a prayer offered for world peace.
The installation will be in the cathedral from Friday afternoon to Monday morning. Access will be limited on Saturday due to ordination service.
A pile of dust and rubble built on the table top of the cathedral’s mensa altar and overshadowed by two requiem candles symbolising the twin towers of the New York World Trade Centre will be the focus for our remembrance. Set in the very heart of the cathedral, the image will be transmitted to a TV screen by the Great West Doors and will call to mind all those who died that day and all whose lives have been taken or scarred by the violence of terrorism.
The ruinous heap reminds us of the dust and ashes from which we all have been formed and to which we will return – and our need for God to breathe forgiveness, hope and new life into all that we spoil and destroy.
People are invited to stand or kneel in the silence before the installation in remembrance and to light a candle in memory of a victim and as a commitment to reconciliation and peace within the human family. For Christians, the death of Jesus Christ on the cross reaches out into the darkness and pain of every age to heal, comfort and redeem. People of all faiths and none are invited to share in this moment of commemoration and our common commitment to peace.
International Summer Organ Festival 2011
This year's International Summer Organ Festival brings organists from Italy, Spain, Denmark and the UK to Rochester to play at the free series of concerts, which take place at 4.30pm on Sundays from 17th July to 28th August. Below is a list of the recitals, but further details are available on the Concerts & Recitals page.
Sunday 24 July
Arnau Reynes Florit (Palma de Mallorca, Spain)
Sunday 31 July
Peter King (Bath Abbey, UK)
Sunday 7 August
Kristian Krogsøe (Aarhus, Denmark)
Sunday 14 August
Giampaolo Di Rosa (Rome, Italy)
Sunday 21 August
Kevin Duggan (Bornholm, Denmark)
Sunday 28 August
Stefano Vagnini with Giorgia Ragni, Soprano (Fano, Italy)
Consecration of Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney
A large number of congregation, staff and volunteers attended this service at St Paul's Cathedral.
We wish Adrian well in his new role. Until a new Dean is appointed, we welcome Canon Dr Philip Hesketh as our new Acting Dean.
Enigma - A Murder Mystery presented by The Alternate Shadows
A Fund Raising Event with Rochester Cathedral.
"There is a dead man on the Cathedral floor. Did the Captain of the Home Guard think he was a spy? Then there’s the lady from the tea shop. Did she kill him in a jealous rage because he was flirting with the local barmaid? Why was Reverend Pilbright so very distraught? And who was the stranger in the Crypt? This is a tough one for Insp Grimpole."
Be there to see him solve a very enigmatic mystery!
We had a great evening on Friday 1st April 2011 and all net funds raised went to support the Development Fund at Rochester Cathedral.