The excitement is growing at the cathedral and beyond as the installation of Anne Patterson's piece,  Murmuration, draws near. Read more below.  Photo credit:
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by Laurie Brock
Where is that space in you?

Some call it the God-shaped hole or a God-shaped space. I simply know it to be the space. The space sitting in the deep part of our souls. The space that cannot be filled by outside things or relationships, although we try.

We desperately try. 

We think if we have the right pa rtner/spouse, the job advancement, or live in the perfec t neighborhood, the space will be filled. We hope if we keep ourselves busy with tasks, with buying more stuff, or with intellectual arguments, the space will disappear. We ignore it with a passion, and when it cannot be ignored anymore, we seek to numb it with our various addictions - alcohol and drugs are popular, but so are addictions to perfection and to accomplishments.

Read more   here. 
Upcoming Cathedral Art Installation
April 17

In the coming weeks you will be learning more about the exciting suspended art installation that will make its home in our sanctuary space. This piece, Murmuration, created by renowned artist Anne Patterson, is made from steel, copper and brash mesh and consists  of over 1,000 individual hand-strung birds and will measure 90' long. 

We are currently looking for volunteers to help assemble the birds under the direction of Patterson the week of April 17 . Interested in learning more/signing up to help? Email Sarah Hartwig

Click here  to read a wonderful story about Patterson's piece, Pathless Woods, that is now displayed at The Ringling in Sarasota, Florida.
Docent Tour
April 2

Join docent Dennis Harrell following the 10:00 am Sunday service for a 30-minute informative tour of the cathedral. The tour, beginning at the Sycamore Street entrance, will explore the sanctuary, columbarium and interesting points between.
Spring Concert: One Hit Wonders

Saturday, April 1 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 2 @ 2:00 pm

These artists were the next big thing...until they weren't. The road to stardom is littered with bands that struck gold with a top hit, only to fade away into obscurity. The Cincinnati Men's Chorus, an ensemble-in-residence at Christ Church Cathedral, is bringing back the best of those one-hit wonders with a show at the School for Creative and Performing Arts that will have you singing along. Ticket information available here.
Choral Evensong

April 2

Join us for Choral Evensong on Sunday, April 2 at 6:00 pm featuring Christ Church Cathedral Choir and the Parish Choir of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Terrace Park, Ohio. Music will include: Canticles: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Truro Service) - Gabriel Jackson; Anthem: The Altar - Roland E. Martin.
Lenten Offerings

The Lenten Series

This year's Lenten series will be a call to return to Lord by using the theological lens of our Baptismal Covenant in order to raise consciousness about racial privilege. Learn more here or print a flyer for a friend! Join us for the kick off at the Adult Forum on March 12. 
Upcoming AMOS Meeting

April 6

Join AMOS as we commit to a shared agenda for 2017 and 2018, rooted in thousands of conversations and voices from their Listening Campaign as they move Forward Together grounded in our faith and resolute in our hope for a better community for all. Learn more about this offering on Thursday, April 6 , at 6:30 pm at New Prospect Baptist Church (1580 Summit Road, 45237). More information available here
Upcoming Competition

April 8

What is Louder Than a Bomb? An audacious mix of young people, hip-hop, and poetry performance, that's what!

This acclaimed national program gives high school students a platform to tell their stories and have their voices heard. Join Louder Than a Bomb's Cincinnati chapter, sponsored by the  TAFT Research Center of UC's College of Arts and Sciences, for the finals of this inspiring competition - and stay for the after-party at The Transept in OTR! Complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be provided, and your registration will include tickets to both events.  Read more about the Cincinnati chapter of Louder Than a Bomb, and see videos of past performances!

The  Louder Than a Bomb Finals are Saturday, April 8, from 5:30 - 8 pm at School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Get tickets today!
Why Is Ingathering Important?

April 9

Because sharing what we have with others is part of our Baptismal ministry. 

On Sunday, April 9, we have the opportunity to share our collected donations of canned meats (tuna/chicken/ham) with the Plumb Line Ministry.  The spring is an especially important time to keep the Plumb Line pantry shelves well stocked. Even though we may experience warmer weather, it can often time be a time of transition for families who are struggling financially, and there is always a need for these items.

We invite our cathedral members and friends to bring their canned food items (listed above) and deposit them in the outreach wagon in the narthex.

Please mark your calendars and save this link! Thank you in advance for your donation!

St. Matthew Passion

April 9
Bach- St. Matthew Passion
Bach- St. Matthew Passion

CCM Chamber Choir & Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra will perform at the cathedral on Sunday, April 9 , at 3:00 pm. The staged presentation of J.S. Bach's monumental St. Matthew Passion for soloists, double choir, and double orchestra, tells the story of Jesus' suffering and death using passages of Scripture and poetry. Begin your Holy Week with this masterpiece, brought to life in a unique staged performance. Ticket information here

April 9
Bach- St. Matthew Passion

Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu commemorates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela through photographs by Matthew Willman as he revisited many of the locations that had played an important role in South Africa's route to racial equality and Mandela's personal fight for freedom. Visitors will travel throughout South Africa with Mandela via Willman's camera lens: Mvezo Village, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Robben Island. The exhibit will also feature artifacts from Mandela's life on loan to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center from The Nelson Mandela Foundation. More information here
Next Cathedral Conversation

April 9

The Children's Ministry program is an important part of developing children and family community at Christ Church Cathedral. While currently under the dedicated leadership of Beth Mendez, this role will need to be filled for the upcoming program year when she and her family relocate out of state in the summer. With it, this transition time presents a valuable opportunity for our members and friends to reflect on the many ways in which the ministry has thrived under her guidance; reflect even further back to how the program and community has evolved, and look forward toward a vision of building community among our current families. 

We welcome you to take part in helping to inform a children's program for the Fall that infuses the mission of our entire church; striving to follow the example of Christ, in living with compassion and justice that translates into action. We will be gathering together for this Cathedral Conversation on Children and Family Ministries in the Third Floor Forum Room directly following the 10 am service on Palm Sunday, April 9. There will be pizza for all and child care in the gym. 

Questions in the interim? Reach out to a member of the search committee for the Director of Children and Family Ministries: Yvonne Cuffy, Michelle Foster-Fibbe, Kathy Jose (Chair), Tom Kent, Erica Konopka, Jeannie Leo, or Julietta Simms. 
Upcoming Cathedral Offerings with Incense

Many people are surprised the first  time they smell the unusual fragrance of incense in church. It is a scent you
are unlikely to encounter anywhere else except in sacred worship. That is actually one of the reasons we use it. Our sense of smell is a powerful memory trigger, and as soon as you smell incense, you know where you are! Incense has been a part of worship in many cultures for thousands of years, including our Judeo-Christian heritage.

As the psalmist says, "Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, and the lifting up of my
hands as the evening sacrifice" (Psalm 141). In our liturgy, we use incense primarily to focus our attention, by symbolically purifying our intentions and our worship space. Many people enjoy the fragrance, but we are aware that some of our members may be sensitive to it. Please note the following services that will include the use of incense:  April 9 (10:00 am);  April 13 (7:00 pm);  April 14 (7:00 pm);  April 15 (8:16 pm);  April 16 (10:00 am);  April 30 (10:00 am) 
Easter Floral Array

Donations for the Easter floral array are encouraged and appreciated. You may want to give in celebration, thanksgiving or in memory of a loved one. Donations can be made online; by using the envelopes in the pews or by check - made out to Christ Church Cathedral and noted for Easter flowers. To be included as a donor in the service insert, contributions must be received by  April 10.
Vigil at the Altar of Repose

St. Paul Chapel (412 Sycamore Street)
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday April 13-14

The night before he was crucified,  Jesus spent several hours in the Garden of Gethsemane in anguished prayer. When his disciples fell asleep, he pled with them to stay awake to pray, asking, "Can you not watch with me one hour?" Remembering this, and as an act of devotion, Christians have traditionally  kept vigil throughout the night leading from Maundy Thursday into Good Friday. This vigil is a time to pray in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament and to watch and wait while contemplating the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. We invite you to make this part of your Holy Week by signing up to take an hour of the vigil from 9:00 pm on April 13 until 11:30 am on April 14 . Sign-up is available online  or at the cathedral's reception desk. The cathedral will have a security guard on the premises throughout the night. 
Mayoral Candidates at the Next Forum

April 13

What are the issues that the  candidates for mayor will focus on if elected in November? At the next Community Issues Forum, the mayoral candidates will answer this question and discuss what compels them to run for  this office. The candidates include Rob Richardson, Council member Yvette Simpson, and Mayor John Cranley.

This luncheon forum presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, on April 13 . Also, at 12:00 noon, On Thursday, April 20 , participants can continue to discuss the mayoral race with an informal conversation at the Cathedral Café, on the first floor. Since the Mayoral primary takes place on May 2, April is an important time for citizens to find out where the candidates stand on a variety of issues. Come join us for this forum,
and do bring a friend. Lunch can be purchased for $6.50, or you can bring a brown bag.
Sock Collection & Volunteer Opportunities for the 2017 Sole Clinic

April 13

Again this year we will offer a "Sole Clinic" on Maundy Thursday, April 13 , in the undercroft from 11 am - 1 pm. During this ministry day, we will offer foot washing, nail clipping and massage therapy to our neighbors who make their home out on the streets. In addition, we will provide them with lunch, new clean socks and for those who have pre-registered, a new pair of shoes. Last year the cathedral hosted about 60 folks, and anticipate serving as many this year.
We need YOUR help in TWO ways :
Please donate packages of new white athletic socks for adults (not used), and place them 
in the collection box at the Fourth Street entrance. We will collect socks through Sunday, April 9. On April 9, they will be brought forward with our regular ingathering of canned meat for our Plumb Line pantry. 

We also need VOLUNTEERS !! If you have an hour to help, or can stay the whole time, here are some ways YOU can participate:
Set Up and Clean Up Crew
Greeters who welcome guests and direct them to the undercroft;
Sign in folks who will meet guests and give their registration forms to the Shoe Distribution group
Shoe Distribution group will pick up proper size shoes for each guest and work with guest for fit
Foot Washing Team that washes and massages our guests' feet
and foot wash support team that supplies fresh towels and pans of water to Foot Wash team members
Lunch Crew that distributes box lunches to our guests
Thanks for helping us provide this Holy Week ministry service to our neighbors. We hope you can join us and donate socks!

If you have questions or would like to volunteer, contact Cheryl Eagleson, or  sign up at front desk. 
Easter Offering

The Cathedral Vestry has designated the Episcopal Relief and Development response to the impending famine in South Sudan as a recipient for the Easter 2017 Offering. We hope that you will be generous in your giving, as we reach out to our brothers and  sisters across the world. All gifts will be matched by the Coombe Fund. 
Easter Flower Delivery

April 15

Each Easter parishioners deliver spring flowers to some of our homebound members to remind them that we think of them often and keep them in our prayers. Please consider participating in this ministry of reconnecting with someone you might not have seen for a while. We will have 20 plants for delivery this year. The time investment is minimal and the visit will gladden your heart. Sign up at the front desk or contact Sherilyn Pearce no later than April 5th. Plants will be ready for pick up at church on Holy Saturday, April 15, and Easter Sunday, April 16. 
Book Group Meeting

April 20

The Invention of Wings , a best-selling historical novel by Sue Monk Kidd, is the selection for the next meeting of the cathedral's book group. We meet at 6:00 pm in the cathedral library. Prospective new members, or those who want to discuss this particular book, are welcome to join us. Please contact Marjorie Fox if you would like to attend or want more information about the group. 

April 24

In addition to our popular Music Live@ Lunch series, we are pleased to present Music Live Plus+ on select Mondays, compliments of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra! The CSO is comprised of some of the most talented musicians in the country. Members of the CSO will play solos and chamber works from the Baroque era through the 20th century. As with our regular Music Live series, you are invited to bring your lunch or purchase one at the cathedral. On April 24 , we welcome Chika Kato Kinderman on violin.
SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming Taft Lecture

May 15

The Taft Lecture Committee of Christ Church Cathedral, in partnership with the United Way and Community Action Agency, is pleased to present Matthew Desmond, Ph.D..on Monday, May 15 at 7 pm. Mr. Desmond is a Social Justice Advocate and Urban Ethnographer, and will be speaking on his best selling book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

The event is free but tickets are required.

Parking is conveniently located at Queen City Square Garage, directly across the street from the cathedral's Fourth Street entrance, for a $5 fee.
Choral Scholar Program

Christ Church Cathedral's High School Choral Scholar Program provides Cincinnati area high school students an opportunity to join the Cathedral Choir as apprentices. Successful applicants will receive intensive training in the art of fine choral singing so that they may begin the process of learning to perform at a professional level. They study a wide range of repertoire, such as works by Tallis, Brahms and Howells, as well as spirituals and music of other cultures. For their efforts, they are compensated with a monthly stipend throughout the academic year. Application information can be found here, or s hare a flyer with a friend.
Cathedral Choir Auditions
July 24

Do you love to sing? Then consider auditioning for a position in the Christ Church Cathedral Choir during the 2017- 18 season! As a cathedral chorister, you will sing at weekly Sunday morning services, monthly Evensong services, and other major liturgical observances in the church year. Positions are open for paid and volunteer choristers, as well as substitute choristers. Students are especially encouraged to audition early before the semester ends. For more information and audition requirements, go here. Contact Stephan Casurella at 513.842.2065  to schedule an audition time. 
Submissions Deadline

The deadline for content submissions for your Weekly GPS is each Wednesday at noon. Please email copy -- including the name/date/ time of your program offering, as well as a contact name and their information to Sarah Hartwig.

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