Sunday, November 11, 2012

Remembrance Sunday 2012 - sermon by the Dean The Very Revd Simon Aiken, Hon Chaplain to the Kimberley Regiment

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Images feature the St Cyprian's Cathedral Memorial Tower erected in memory of parishioners who made the supreme sacrifice in World War 2, 1939-1945; and the Cathedral Chancel which was dedicated as a memorial to the fallen of the parish in the Great War (1914-1918). One of the images shows pipers of the Kimberley Regiment and the Colour Party photographed at the installation of the Dean of Kimberley, who is also Honorary Chaplain to the Regiment, in November 2010.

As an Introit to the Remembrance Sunday Mass on 11-11-2012, the Cathedral Choir sang Sir William Harris's Holy is the True Light, a setting of words translated by G.H. Palmer from the Salisbury Diurnal:

Holy is the True Light, and passing wonderful, lending radiance to them that endured in the heat of the conflict, from Christ they inherit a home of unfading splendour, wherein they rejoice with gladness evermore. Alleluia!

At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Dean's Sermon 13 May 2012 - 104th anniversary of the dedication of St Cyprian's Cathedral

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Footnote - day of anniversaries

On 13 May 1901 Bishop William Thomas Gaul, a former Rector of St Cyprian’s Church, addressed a meeting at Kimberley Town Hall, chiding his former congregation for “continuing…to worship in a tin shanty”. He added his voice to a call for a new, more dignified building for church people; one that would be “worthy of their past, worthy of their present, and worthy of their faith in the future. Why should it not be a Cathedral Church, sooner of later?” By 1907 plans had been provided (by architect Arthur Lindley of the firm of Greatbatch) and building was begun: Bishop Gaul would lay the foundation stone in March of that year. Appropriately enough it was on 13 May 1908 that the completed Nave was dedicated. In stages over the next half century the building was brought to completion (William Timlin, architect and artist, oversaw the addition of the Chancel).  

With the establishment of the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman in 1911, St Cyprian’s became a Cathedral.  

The Parish of St Cyprian originated in the gathering of Anglicans in a tent at New Rush (later named Kimberley) on the Diamond Fields in 1871.

The Parish pioneered education in Kimberley from the early 1870s, the historic Perseverance and Gore Browne teacher training colleges arising from these educational endeavours. On 13 May 2009 the Cathedral dedicated a new St Cyprian’s Grammar School, which today, on the 104th anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral, commemorated its foundation day.


Illustrations used include a photograph of the Chancel taken by Hanne Baumecker, 2010.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter 2012: "Noli me tangere - Do not touch me" - The Very Revd Fr Simon Aiken, The Dean of Kimberley, 8 April 2012

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Illustrations from St Cyprian's Cathedral, 
together with images from Wikimedia of Titian's painting Noli me tangere
and of a polychrome clay figurine depicting Mary Magdalene
18th century, Museu de Aveiro, Portugal.