Dean's Message

A Message from the Dean

Welcome to the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral.

The Transitional Cathedral is doing everything it can to support the actions of the Government of New Zealand to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus. That means the doors to the Transitional Cathedral are closed and no one is being allowed entry to our beautiful house of prayer at this time.

These times of crisis bring into focus what matters most for us, and more importantly, who matters most to us. Now that we are all being asked to practice social distancing to keep ourselves safe, and indeed the very ones that we care about the most, the question of “who matters” is perhaps the key issue many will be working on. The Transitional Cathedral clergy team is continuing its key role of being a house of prayer, albeit remotely from homes and in online forums. Our prayer continues to be that every person will experience the love of God. We will pray especially for those who do not feel secure and safe at this time, because of uncertain futures, loss of income, or stresses at home; noting that this will be a terrible time for many.

Above all the Cathedral will continue to offer the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter in some form online, to ensure that the Good News continues to be proclaimed: that Love is our origin; Love is what we are made for; Love is our fulfilment when our lives on earth come to an end and return to the Source from which we came.

May the peace of God which passes all understanding be with you always.

Very Rev'd Lawrence Kimberley, Dean of Christchurch