From the Vicar

Alleluia Christ is risen – words which rang around the Minster on Easter morning. My thanks to everyone who contributed is any small or big way this year to Holy Week 2017. The weather on Palm Sunday was blue skies and sun, and the donkey behaved impeccably. The music throughout the week was performed to a high standard, both by the Minster Choir and Chamber choir, and with organ and brass on Easter Day. The stark building was adorned with flowers for the Easter Vigil, and whilst I carried the Paschal Candle into a darkened church followed by well over 100 people, a certain son of mine who had lit the fire, admitted afterwards to cooking marshmallows on the fire once we had disappeared from sight

The joy of the resurrection faith is matched by the blossom on the cherry trees around the Minster, and the warm sun certainly improves all our vitamin D levels! 

The month of May begins with an Organ recital on May Day 3pm by Dr Simon Lindley. On Sunday the 7th  Canon Wendy Wilby will preach at the 10.30am Sung Eucharist, and at 4pm instead of Evensong, we have a one man drama of John’s Gospel – do make the effort to attend this extraordinary reading of the Gospel during this Easter season. On Saturday 13thMay I shall be attending the re dedication of Holy Trinity Hull as Hull Minster, by the Archbishop of York in their Year of Capital of Culture. Sunday 14th we host the Loyal Georgian Society for their annual Evensong, with The Archdeacon’s Visitation on Wednesday 17thwhich this year we are hosting for the whole Episcopal Area and the Diocesan Bishop will give his Charge, as Church Wardens are all sworn into Office for the coming year. Saturday 20th we host West Yorkshire Police Band in a concert hosted by Holly Lynch our MP. Wednesday 24th The Friends have their trip to Liverpool, whilst the following Day is Ascension Day, and the Archdeacon of Halifax will preach at the Sung Eucharist in the evening. 

This month there are also numerous Weddings and baptisms, and no doubt some Funerals too. At this time of the year the Minster gets busier and its all hands to the decks to keep this great ship afloat. Planning for the Minster Summer Festival 29th June – 9th July is in full swing, as the program will be announced shortly. 

As I write at the end of April, we are about to have the Annual Meeting. This is an important occasion to give thanks to God for all the blessings we have received throughout the year, and to thank those who have played significant roles in the life of the Minster during the past year. This week the Halifax 900 Trust (the fundraising arm of the Minster) and The Friends Executive, and the Minster Finance Team, are have a joint meeting at which to try and plan more effectively the way forward for the Minster, taking the Quinquennial Inspection and the priorities from the Church Council residential weekend together. Hopefully God will bless us in the way he has done for some 900 years already, and we will be able to continue sharing that Easter Gospel for many years to come!