Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand


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WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH'S TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL

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Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!

The open door is at the heart of the Christian understanding of the resurrection. The most obvious open door is the image of the stone rolled away from the tomb. But there is more. In some accounts of the resurrection, the curtain of the holy of holies in the temple is torn in two. The risen Christ enters through the closed doors of the upper room to meet with the fearful and grief-stricken disciples, in order to restore them and transform them into a new humanity. From that point on we see an energetic community of believers who believe that Jesus has been raised from the dead and that they are in relationship with him. The Good News they carry is that all the barriers preventing people from drawing close to God have been torn down by Christ’s rising from death. In the resurrection, the door to God is flung open, everyone can enter, and the arms of God are open wide to welcome and receive.

            In traditional iconography of the resurrection, Jesus reaches down into the realm of death, and brings Adam and Eve into his light filled presence, pulling them up into the presence of God. That is what the risen Christ does. He reaches out to human beings who have become alienated and isolated from each other, to put them back in touch with each other and with God. In the icons, Adam and Eve are shown coming up out of graves where they have been in the grip of death. Their souls have been hurt and bruised; damage which is caused when human beings become alienated from each other because of pride, prejudice, greed, impatience, and rivalry. This has caused their growth toward God to be frozen, cut off from all kinds of life, including God.

            In the resurrection, the risen Christ comes with a gentle, healing touch so that something new becomes possible. The risen Christ reaches out to reconnect, to form a new community, to forgive and to heal, to welcome and embrace. He comes to heal our resentments and our wounds, to enable us to be in touch with who we really are and to be comfortable with the person who is really there. He puts us in touch with the humanity of our neighbour, and offers a new future that is real and laden with hope. Most of all, he opens doors to make friendship with God possible, and to say that there is no part of us that God does not accept and love.

            It is little wonder that meals with the risen Christ feature so prominently in the accounts of the resurrection. At the table of the Lord, community connectedness is restored, trust is rebuilt, forgiveness is given and received. Christ is present giving his love and life to the community and to the world.

This Easter, talk with your friends and family about the hope of the gospel, and be thankful every day that after the crisis of Good Friday God in his love and mercy chooses to give Jesus back to us as the presence of God’s forgiveness and love. May you and yours have a holy and blessed Easter.

 Dean Lawrence.

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The "Cardboard" Cathedral

Cathedral by night

Cathedrals usually stand as enduring monuments to human skill and inventiveness, and magnificent pointers to the presence of God among us. Their websites will tell you how they are the oldest, the largest, the tallest or the most significant of their kind.

ChristChurch Cathedral is slightly different. The original Cathedral was badly damaged in the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011. We are operating from our new temporary home, the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, Christchurch. It is the world’s only cathedral made substantially of cardboard.

This web site aims to tell you something about who we are and what we stand for. It is a work in progress. It offers a glimpse of the building, its history and its environment. It provides information about Cathedral services and events, its music and arts programme, facilities for visitors and pilgrims, educational resources, stories about our community life and outreach, and an archive of recent sermons. We hope you will be inspired to visit Christchurch, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Cathedral.

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A Way Forward

The Way Forward Working Group report proposes two new rites of blessing to be considered by this year's General Synod.  These liturgies have been designed to allow for the blessing of couples who have been married in a civil ceremony – according either to New Zealand law, or to the law in the Pacific Island nations which form part of this church. These liturgies also create a pathway for the people in such relationships to become ordained.

Click here to read about the report and download a copy.

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Call to Prayer for Burundi

A Communion-wide call to pray for the crisis-torn country of Burundi and the role that the Anglican Church of Burundi plays in in bringing peace and reconciliation has been issued. The call to pray – from Holy Week and through the Easter season – is being backed by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The Archbishop of Burundi, Bernard Ntahoturi, has said that the local church has been strengthened by the prayers of Anglicans and other Christians.

Click HERE for more details

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Rose Window Photography by Derek Golding          www.Goldingarts.co.nz 

COMING UP AT THE TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL ...

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Please come to any of the services, events and recitals below ...

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CONCERTS, EVENTS & FUNCTIONS AT THE CATHEDRAL

The Cathedral is available for a wide variety of events.  Please see further down this page for full details, and the scrolling photos below.  As well as catered events, the Cathedral is available for concerts and recitals.  Please contact the Cathedral Administrator for further information

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The next in the Organ Recital Series is Tuesday 17 May - Music for Pentecost

organ recital series portrait

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"This one's for you" A concert by Will Martin, with Ali Harper, Rebecca Nelson and the choristers of the Cathedral Choir

Friday 24 June at 7.30pm

Tickets on sale from the Cathedral and Eventfinda (click on the picture below to be taken to the Eventfinda website)

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Organ Recital ~ Jeremy Woodside

Former Assistant organist at this Cathedral and former Organ Scholar at Westminster Abbey

Sunday 31 July at 2.00pm

Tickets on sale soon from the Cathedral

JW Recital

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Help us raise funds for Cathedral Music by ordering your new 2016/2017 Entertainment Book through the Cathedral

Order your new Entertainment™ Book or Entertainment™ Digital Membership 
before 3 May 2016 and you will receive over $150 worth of additional offers that you can use right away!

Entertainment™ Memberships are packed with thousands of up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers for the best local restaurants, café, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel, and much more!

Click HERE for more information and to order!

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Tides

THANK YOU ...

Our thanks for the generous support provided by Tides Foundation, on the recommendation of the Martin Fabert Foundation

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WORSHIP AT THE TRANSITIONAL CATHEDRAL

You are very welcome to join any of the up-coming services at the Transitional Cathedral:

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Morning Prayer is said Monday to Friday at 8.30am. All welcome

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Monday 25 April ~ ANZAC Day

10.00am The Citizens' Service

12.05 Holy Eucharist

Tuesday 26 April 

12.05pm Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing

Wednesday 27 April

12.05pm Holy Eucharist in the Celtic tradition

Thursday 28 April

12.05pm Holy Eucharist in Te Reo Maori

Friday 29 April

12.05pm Holy Eucharist

1.30pm Funeral Service for Joyce Parr

Saturday 30 April

12.05pm Midday Prayer

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Sunday 1 May ~ 6th Sunday of Easter

8.00am Holy Eucharist    

10.00am   Choral Eucharist 

      Preacher: Dean Lawrence Kimberley

     Music: The Cathedral Choir

5.00pm Choral Evensong

     Reflection: Associate Dean Stephanie Robson

     Music: The Cathedral Choir

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Monday 2 May

12.05 Holy Eucharist

Tuesday 3 May

12.05pm Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing

5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Wednesday 4 May

12.05pm Holy Eucharist in the Celtic tradition

5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Thursday 5 May

12.05pm Holy Eucharist in Te Reo Maori

5.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the men of the Cathedral Choir

Friday 6 May

12.05pm Holy Eucharist

4.30pm Choral Evensong sung by the boys of the Cathedral Choir

Saturday 7 May

12.05pm Midday Prayer

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Sunday 8 May ~ The Ascension of Jesus

8.00am Holy Eucharist    

10.00am   Choral Eucharist 

      Preacher: Dean Lawrence Kimberley

     Music: The Cathedral Choir

5.00pm Choral Evensong

     Reflection: Associate Dean Stephanie Robson

     Music: The Cathedral Choir

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SERVICE MUSIC.  The music list for May can be downloaded here:

Music - May 2016

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Street Address

Street Address

The Transitional Cathedral is located at 234 Hereford Street. An easy walk from the any point in the central city, the Cathedral sits at the southern end of Latimer Square, beside the future 'Green Frame'. Travel to the central city from the airport takes around 20 minutes by bus or taxi.  There is no public car parking at the Cathedral.  However, there is plenty of street parking nearby.  There is a disabled park in the staff carpark off Madras Street for visitors to the Cathedral.

CONTACT - will take you to 234 Hereford St in Google Maps

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Cathedral in the Square

Cathedral in the Square

The Transitional Cathedral is only a five minute walk away from the site of the seriously damaged Cathedral in the Square. Walk northwest through Latimer Square to Worcester Street. 500 metres along Worcester St you'll see the damaged stone Cathedral.

CONTACT - will take you to a street view of the Cathedral in the Square showing both 'pre earthquake' and 'current'

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How to get in touch ...

How to get in touch ...

Mailing Address - PO Box 855, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

Cathedral Address - Cnr Madras and Hereford Streets, Christchurch, New Zealand

Office Address - at the Cathedral

Email - admin@christchurchcathedral.co.nz

Tel - +64 3 366 0046

Volunteering at the Transitional Cathedral

Volunteering at the Transitional Cathedral

Around 200 volunteers support the Transitional Cathedral's life and work. They assist in different ways.  Some support the services and the choir, while many enjoy greeting visitors as Transitional Cathedral guides,  as shop assistant / receptionists or as ushers at evening events. Others work as cleaners or look after the garden.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer working with the Transitional Cathedral's visitors, it would be good to hear from you. Please contact Nicky Lee, Volunteer Manager.

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Anglican Diocese

Anglican Diocese

The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch. For information, check out their website by clicking CONTACT.

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The Cathedral Grammar School is the Cathedral's Choir School.

The Cathedral Grammar School is the Cathedral's Choir School.

As well as educating the Cathedral Choristers, the School provides high quality education for pre-school, primary school and intermediate aged girls and boys. Cathedral Grammar is an Anglican independent school, offering parents choice in the selection of a school to best suit their child's needs.

With a 130-year plus history, Cathedral Grammar is the longest established private primary school in New Zealand. The School takes huge pride in the varied, successful and happy lives of the boys and girls who have experienced ‘Grammar’ over that time.

To visit the School's website click contact below

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Moveable Feasts ~ the Cathedral Caterers

Moveable Feasts ~ the Cathedral Caterers

Moveable Feasts are the providers for all catered events at the Transitional Cathedral.  if you have any questions about the wide variety of catered events we can offer, please contact Sarah Robinson, General Manager.

To visit their website, please click on the photo below:

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Very Revd Lawrence Kimberley

Very Revd Lawrence Kimberley

Dean of Christchurch

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Revd Stephanie Robson

Revd Stephanie Robson

Associate Dean

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Chris Oldham (the one on the right)

Chris Oldham (the one on the right)

Cathedral Administrator

Chapter Secretary

Verger

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Nicky Lee

Nicky Lee

Cathedral Deacon

Volunteer Manager

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John Linker

John Linker

Director of Music

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Appointment pending

Assistant Organist

Cathedral Regulars Email List

If you are a member of the worshipping community at the Cathedral and would like to sign up to the email list to receive information, please click on CONTACT below and follow the prompts.

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Weddings

Weddings

The Transitional Cathedral is available for weddings and we welcome your enquiry.  Please see Wedding Information below for further details:

Wedding Info 2015

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BAPTISMS

BAPTISMS

The Transitional Cathedral is available for baptisms.  Please contact the Cathedral for details.

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Funerals

Please contact a member of staff for enquiries about having a funeral at the Transaitional Cathedral.

Your Support is Vital

Donations in support of the 'Transitional 'Cardboard' Cathedral are urgently sought. Christchurch has suffered enormous damage. The entire central city has been decimated and along with it, our Cathedral heart. We need your support. Please partner us in this important project by making a donation. Thank you.

$ 10.00 NZD
The initial donation figure noted here is NZ $10. If you wish to donate a larger amount please click on the 'Donate more' option. This option retains the original NZ$10 and adds an additional figure up to your total.