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The Dean’s Weekly Message – Sunday 14 July 2019 Posted on Sunday 14 July 2019

New Processional Cross
Over the last few days I have received some photos online of the first stages of production of the new liturgical items for our Cathedral which have been designed and will be made by the artist and silversmith Rauni Higson. I have included below an image of the final design for the new processional cross for use on Sundays and feasts when the Archbishop is not presiding – when the Metropolitan cross is not used. The current cross and acolyte candles that are in use, are not a matching set, they have no particular link or association with the Cathedral and are in poor condition. The design of the new processional cross is unique and specific to our Cathedral. It will be a 3 dimensional crucifix in the round inspired by the shape of our Cathedral. The top will be finished in a similar crown shape mirroring the top of our building, and signifying the dedication of our Cathedral to Christ the King. It will appear as a cross from every direction and angle so that in procession the whole Cathedral will perceive the cross and figure of Christ through the perpendicular arms.

The figure of Christ occupies the centre with the two spaces to front and back being wider than the other six spaces to offer a clearer view of the central figure of Christ. The staff of the cross and shafts of the acolyte candles will be of natural wood. The figure of Christ will be gilded gold to stand out in contrast with the silver of the rest of the cross and acolytes.

The items will be finished later in the year and hopefully will be in use by Christ the King and Advent. The cost of the commission is being largely funded by the Cathedral Friends – I am grateful to them and others who have made private donations to support the creation of these necessary and unique new processional pieces to be used in our Cathedral liturgies.

This weekend our Cathedral choirs sing for the last time before breaking up for the summer holidays and they finish this afternoon with an end of year buffet following Evening Prayer. The Lourdes Departure Mass is at 5pm on Sunday with groups of Diocesan pilgrims departing next weekend for the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage.

Throughout this coming week the Cathedral will be busy with graduation events. Hope University will be holding their graduation ceremonies at 3pm each afternoon and Liverpool University have booked the Crypt Halls at various times throughout the week for departmental celebrations. The 12.15 mass on Monday will be celebrated in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

Canon Anthony O’Brien
Cathedral Dean