Early in December the Friends and guests met together at the Cathedral to share the Office of Pontifical Vespers. The sixth of the daily Offices, Vespers marks the end of the working day, and with soft lighting falling on the collegiate seating, a sense of peace could be felt. Bishop Richard Moth presided and preached, giving everyone pause for thought. The Cathedral choir under the direction of Elizabeth Stratford lifted our worship to another dimension with choral settings of the Magnificat by Herbert Sumsion and the anthem O thou the central orb by Charles Wood and the organ was expertly played by David Coram who accompanied the psalms sensitively and with understanding. The music was exceptional and many people commented on how moving the service had been over refreshments served at the West end of the Cathedral following Vespers. It was lovely to see the young choristers mingling with guests and a good opportunity to catch up with members of the Friends.
We are very grateful to all those who played a part in bringing the service to fruition and to the many guests in attendance which included the High Sheriffs of West Sussex, East Sussex and Surrey, the Under Sheriff and Mayors, Lieutenants and Deputy Lieutenants of the Counties, Headteachers of local Catholic Schools, and The Friends trustees. We especially thank Patrick, Michael, Pauline, Lindsey, Deacon David and Canon Tim for their particular roles in bringing the service together. A beautiful act of worship, we hope to see many of you again next year!