On Sunday 15 January, Alastair Holbrook, most kindly driving us, and John Spicer, took a small but distinguished band of brethren to Salisbury Cathedral for the Epiphany Procession, the third and final in the series of great processional liturgies for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.
Peter Heard and Jack Salterston (Year 8), and Ringnyu Bongmba (Year 7) enjoyed hot chocolate in the Refectory before having a whistle-stop tour of the Cathedral: the mediaeval clock movement, cathedral scale model, some chapels, the cloisters etc. The service, largely candle-lit, began at 5pm precisely, immediately after the fifth chime of the Cathedral clock; it focussed upon the “showing” or “revealing” of the love of God – epiphanies: the journey of the wise men, the miracle of the water into wine, and the Baptism of Jesus. The choir sang glorious music by Poulenc, Mendelsohn, Messiaen, John Tavener and Richard Shephard, and the congregation of some 500 people joined in singing Epiphany hymns. It was a great experience for us all and a wonderful celebration of the Epiphany season and the New Year.