Salisbury Cathedral’s Epiphany Procession, the third and final of its popular processional services celebrating Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, takes place on Sunday 15 January at 4.30pm.
A marvellous service of words and music it commemorates the journey of the Magi travelling from the East to worship the infant Jesus, and then follows His life through to adulthood.
Jeremy Davies,Canon Precentor at the Cathedral and responsible for its liturgy and music, said “The Feast of Epiphany on January 6 was for several hundred years the celebration of Christmas – and for Orthodox Christians it still is. But Epiphany is also a season that takes us from January 6 through to February 2 and the Christian festival of Candlemas. Our Epiphany Procession is placed midway through this period. We focus on the Wise Men with their gifts but also celebrate God’s glory in Jesus’ early ministry, his baptism in the River Jordan and his first miracle of changing water into wine at a wedding.”
The Cathedral Choir, directed by David Halls, sings music by Messiaen, Palestrina, Poulenc and Sheppard and will also give the first performance of Tribus Miraculis by Paul Burke, commissioned by Choir & Organ magazine. Timothy Hone plays the organ. As in the Cathedral’s Advent and Christmas Processions, there are familiar congregational carols and hymns for all. No tickets are required and all are welcome.
This is Jeremy Davies’ last service at the Cathedral as he retires after twenty seven years as its Canon Precentor.