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Dean elected as Bishop of North Queensland

The Very Reverend Dr Keith Joseph has been elected as the 11th Bishop of North Queensland, to succeed the Right Reverend Bill Ray, who retired in September 2018. More details will follow.

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Lent and Holy Week 2018

Lent is a season when we reflect on the brokenness of our world: this leads us to Holy Week as we consider the darkness that eventually leads to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. However we know that after the darkness comes the light of Easter Day: our journey through Lent involves a journey with Jesus through brokenness and darkness to the light that can never be diminished.   Lenten Studies Please join us at the Cathedral on Tuesday afternoons from 5.30 to 6.30 pm, commencing on Tuesday 20 February. The Dean will lead us in a series of reflections drawing on the Gospel of the previous Sunday, looking at the brokenness which afflict our church and our community - but also looking with hope to those things which can help overcome the despair and darkness of the world.   Holy Week Sunday 25 March - Palm Sunday - 7.30 am & 9.00 am Tuesday 27 March - Lenten Study at 5.30 pm followed by Tenebrae at 7.00 pm Wednesday 28 March - Chrism Mass and affirmation of Ordination Vows at 7.30 am Thursday 29 March - Maundy Thursday - Holy Communion and Washing of Feet at 7.00 pm Friday 30 March - Good Friday - Liturgy and Communion at 9.00 am and Meditation on the last words of Christ at 12 noon Saturday 31 March - Holy Saturday - Evening Prayer at 5.30 pm Sunday 1 April - Easter Day with Service of the First Light at 6.00 am and Holy Communion at 9.00 am

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Centenary Service for Darwin RSL

A service to commemorate the Centenary of the Darwin Sub-branch of the Returned & Services League is being held on Wednesday 13 September at 3.30 pm. During the service the restored plaques in memory of Lieutenant Charles Lloyd Herbert and Private Sidney James Lauder will be rededicated in their new location inside the Cathedral. Both Chas Herbert and Sid Lauder were parishioners of this church, who died in the Battle of Ypres in October 1917.

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St James’ Day Pilgrims’ Mass and Blessing – Tuesday 25 July at 6pm

Have you ever made a pilgrimage? Do you know someone who has? Many of you know that I walked the camino in 2010. That 980km from Irùn to Fisterra via Santiago de Compostela was much more than just a walk; for me it was a pilgrimage. Any journey can be a pilgrimage when an inward journey accompanies an outward journey, when we don't just seek to be somewhere else but to become someone else. All over Darwin, from all different backgrounds and traditions, there are people who have had such experience or would like to. And, of course, there are also many who have made an outward journey to Darwin—many backpackers and grey nomads—who may be seeking an inward journey. This feast day is an opportunity to gather such people together around the Scriptures and sacrament and share together in prayer and breaking of bread, to offer to walk with them and to invite them to the way of Jesus. So, for all pilgrims, hikers, backpackers, sojourners, nomads, wayfarers, refugees, bushwalkers, trekkers, trampers, migrants, alpinists, wanderers and others: bring your credencial, scallop, trekking poles, walking stick or backpack and join us at Christ Church Cathedral Darwin at 6pm on 25 July. Please contact me if you'd like to assist with the readings or liturgy at this ecumenical service. ¡ultreia! Cam.
[God] is a God of the Way. His sanctuary is the Mobile Ark, His house is a tent, His Altar a cairn of rough stones... He leads [the Israelites] out of Egypt... There He gives them their Solemn Feast, the Passover: a feast of roasted lamb and bitter herbs, of bread baked not in an oven but on a hot stone. And he commands them to eat "in haste," with shodden feet and sticks in hand, to remind them, forever that their vitality lies in movement. – Bruce Chatwin, The Songlines (New York, N.Y.: Penguin, 1987) pp 194-195

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Ascension Day ecumenical service

This Thursday evening at 6pm we join with our brothers and sisters at Darwin Memorial Uniting Church to celebrate the Ascension of the Lord, and the Dean will be preaching. As the week between Ascension Day and Pentecost is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity this is an especially welcome invitation – if you're free to come, please join us!

Ascension Day proclaims that there is no sphere, however secular, in which Christ has no rights—and no sphere in which his followers are absolved from obedience to him. Instead of it being a fairy tale from the pre-space age, Christ’s ascension is the guarantee that he has triumphed over the principalities and powers, so that at his name “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10–11)

Bruce M. Metzger, “The Meaning of Christ’s Ascension,” in Search the Scriptures: New Testament Studies in Honor of Raymond T. Stamm (ed. J. M. Myers, O. Reimherr, and H. N. Bream; Leiden: Brill, 1969), 128; as quoted in Michael F. Bird, Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013), 459.