Cathedral diary: January 2020

By Canon Anthony O'Brien, Cathedral dean

We begin a new year hopefully rested after the hectic Christmas schedule. As the year unfolds, may it be for us all a year with many blessings and very few sorrows. One of the key events taking place in 2020 will be the Diocesan Synod, and while the actual Synod gathering will be held in Wigan, a number of lead-up services and the final celebrations will be based at the Cathedral.
The level of involvement and engagement of people in the Synod process so far has been wide-ranging, but there will still be much to do throughout the year to prepare for the final assemblies.
The year starts with the Feast of Mary the Mother of God, on 1 January, and we have just the one Mass that day at 10am. It is more advantageous asking God’s blessing for the year ahead than staying up the night before to drink away the memories of the past year!  
The Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated on the first weekend of the new year. Then, later in the month and to mark the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, there will be a joint Cathedrals Evening Prayer at Liverpool Cathedral on Sunday 19 January from 3pm. Both Cathedral clergy and choirs will be taking part, with Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald as guest preacher.
For most of the month of January the Crypt Halls are booked up for exams for John Moores University students, which means a lot of tired and stressed-looking young students visiting the Cathedral to say a quick prayer before the ordeal begins. Thankfully our start to the year is not quite as frantic as theirs.
A Happy and Blessed New Year to you all.