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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
RSC actor lends support to St George's Chapel appeal
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¬†A reception for the launch of Westminster Cathedral's St George's Chapel Appeal, which took place in the courtyard of Archbishop's House on Monday, began in dramatic fashion - when RSC actor Geoffrey Streatfeild - from the high vantage point of the fire escape, gave a fine rendering of the great Agincourt speech from Shakespeare's Henry V, "God for Harry! England and St George!" writes Peter Jennings. Earlier, a Mass for the Feast of St George, Martyr, Patron of England, had taken place at Westminster Cathedral. Abbot Cuthbert Johnson, OSB, of Quarr Abbey, near Ryde in the Isle of Wight, was the principal celebrant at the Mass in St George's Chapel. Mgr Mark Langham the Cathedral Administrator, concelebrated and preached the homily at the Mass attended by members of the Friends and other supporters of Westminster Cathedral. At the reception, Mgr Langham officially launched the appeal on behalf of the Friends of Westminster Cathedral to raise £500,000 for the completion of the decoration of St George and The English Martyrs Chapel. He then introduced Tom Phillips, RA, one of Britain's foremost contemporary artists. Mr Phillip's vividly described his striking designs for the mosaics of St George's Chapel. He envisaged a strikingly blue sky filled with flames for the vault. Clare Asquith author of 'Shadowplay' gave a fascinating presentation about William Shakespeare, Catholicism and the English martyrs.
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