Canterbury Cathedral’s congregation and community have been thanked after members raised money to buy 300 hymn books for St George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem.
During a visit to the Holy Land two representatives of Canterbury Cathedral spotted that hymn books bought previously for the Anglican cathedral in Jerusalem were in need of replacement, The Canterbury community was invited to sponsor hymn books, either as a gift or in memory of someone who died, and £3800 was raised.
The books were handed over recently to the Very Revd Hosam Naoum, Dean of St George’s during a visit to Jerusalem by Canterbury Cathedral’s Canon Treasurer, Revd Nick Papadopulos.
On behalf of the Archbishop Suheil Dawani and the Cathedral family at St George’s, the Dean said: “I would like to express how grateful we are to all the people of Canterbury Cathedral for their wonderful gift of hymnals and common worship books.
“The hymnals are a truly beautiful and brilliant addition to the cathedral, not only in the newness of the books themselves (and a greater number of hymns), but in how their colour brightens the whole Cathedral building. The inscriptions on the cover, and dedications inside make them very personal and special, and, I hope, continue to strengthen the ties between our two Cathedrals, which are in different ways, the Mother churches of the Anglican Communion.”