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Digital Service on Salisbury Cathedral's 800th Anniversary

Please join us for this very special service of words and music which we have put together to mark this important day...

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Digital Service on Salisbury Cathedral's 800th Anniversary

Posted By : Anna Macham Friday 24th April 2020
Please join us for this very special service of words and music which we have put together to mark this important day in the life of Salisbury Cathedral. 
28th April 2020 is the 800th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of our Cathedral, following the decision made by Bishop Richard Poore and the Chapter in 1218 to relocate the Cathedral from its former site at Old Sarum and build a new one in its current location (New Sarum), thus bringing about a new era in the Cathedral’s history and giving birth to the city of Salisbury.  
We will be celebrating the anniversary more fully later in the year when the Cathedral is open again for public worship, but for the time being we look forward to bringing the Cathedral to you in this celebratory service, in which we give thanks for the many blessings of this beautiful building, built to the glory of God, over the centuries.  The first reading was read at a service blessing of a new foundation stone at Chilmark Quarry in February 2020: the stone will be worked by the Cathedral stone masons and laid in the East End of the Cathedral, the first part to be built, at a future date.  The Gospel reading is that set for the original feast day of St Vitalis, which, according to the Register of St Osmund held in the Cathedral archive, was the day the foundation stone was laid.  
The address during is given by the Dean, and in addition to the readings there will be prayers and musical items from recordings of the Choir of Salisbury Cathedral. The spoken parts of the service have been pre-recorded at home by members of the clergy and staff team. The three-part dramatized account of the move from Old Sarum and the foundation of the new Cathedral, was adapted from the original script that formed part of the 750th anniversary celebration in 1970 found in the Cathedral Archive. It was recorded by the Cathedral choristers with the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, playing Osmund, the first Bishop of Sarum. Many thanks to Salisbury Cathedral School’s headmaster, Clive Marriott and House Master, Jake Reynolds for helping make this happen. The final hymn, “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” was recorded at home by the Cathedral choristers, with members of their families providing the harmony. 
Tuesday 28 April, 1100: A Service of Thanksgiving on the 800th Anniversary of the Laying of the Foundation Stones of the Cathedral Church of New Sarum
Minute silence for key workers
Extract from “How the ancient church of Salisbury was moved and a new one built,” based on a poem by Henry d’Avranches (d.1260) and translated by Francis Young
Welcome and Opening Prayer: Canon Anna Macham, Precentor
Dramatized reading Part 1: The Cathedral at Old Sarum- Salisbury Cathedral School
Hymn: “All my hope on God is founded”- Salisbury Cathedral Choir 
Dramatized reading Part 2: The new site at Salisbury- Salisbury Cathedral School
Anthem: Anton Bruckner, “Locus Iste”- Salisbury Cathedral Choir
Dramatized reading Part 3: The new Foundation- Salisbury Cathedral School
Psalm: Johannes Brahms, “How lovely are thy dwellings”- Salisbury Cathedral Choir
Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:10-11- read by Canon Robert Titley
Reading: John 15:1-11- Revd Maggie Guillebaud
Anthem: Richard Shephard, “And when the builders” – Salisbury Cathedral Choir 
Prayers: led by the Canon Ed Probert and the Revd Sarah Wood-Roe, Priest at St Lawrence, Stratford sub Castle (parish in which Old Sarum is located)
Hymn: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” NEH 440; words: Joachim Neander (1650-80); trans C Winkworth (1827-78); tune: Lobe den Herren)- a specially pre-recorded performance by Salisbury Cathedral Choir
Blessing: the Bishop
-“All my hope on God is founded,” text: John Newton (1725-1807), tune: Abbot’s Leigh, Franz Joseph  Haydn (1732-1809), from “Great Hymns from Salisbury” (with kind permission of Priory Records).
-“Locus iste,” text: Latin Gradual for the Dedication of a Church, music:  Anton Bruckner (1824-1896), from Griffin GCCD 4046 Praise and Thanksgiving (from Salisbury Cathedral)
-“How lovely are Thy dwellings,” text: Psalm 84, music: Johanne Brahms (1833-1897), from Griffin GCCD 4046 Praise and Thanksgiving (from Salisbury Cathedral)
-“And When the Builders,” text: Zechariah 4:9, music: Richard Shephard (1949-), from Griffin GCCD 4046 Praise and Thanksgiving (from Salisbury Cathedral)
Voluntary recording by David Halls (with kind permission of Priory Records).

Tune in to BBC Radio 4 on 3 May for a special anniversary service led by Bishop Nicholas Holtam. Click here for details. 

Material in this recording is taken from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England and Common Worship: Festivals. © copyright The Archbishops’ Council 2000 and 2006. Drone footage by Vertech Imaging, with kind permission of Visit Wiltshire. Photos by Ash Mills along with pictures from the Salisbury Cathedral archive.