A series of four lectures at Chichester Cathedral: ‘The Queen’s Speech – explores the themes of her first sixty Christmas broadcasts’. The lectures will be free of charge and given by the Cathedral Chancellor, Canon Dr Anthony Cane. The lectures will take place on the 17th and 24th April, 1st and 8th May, each at 6.30pm in the Cathedral Nave.
For sixty years the Queen has used her Christmas broadcasts to comment on events at home and abroad, in the light of the Christian faith. These interesting lectures will explore and expand upon some of her themes, from science, sport and space travel; to change, conflict and the Commonwealth, reflecting also on the significance of the monarchy today.
Canon Dr Anthony Cane, who will be giving the lectures, explains: ‘The Queen has been speaking like this for so long that we are in danger of forgetting how unusual it is for a public figure to speak of world events in the light of a personal Christian faith. As the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, it seems a good time to examine how her broadcasts reflect the huge changes we have seen over the past sixty years. Since she has spoken of so many things, I am spoilt for choice, but my selection will be influenced by the times we live in, and some of the great events and anniversaries of 2012.
I hope you will join me as I seek to do justice to some of what the Queen has said and done in her first six decades on the throne, and take some of her themes further than she was able to do within her relatively brief broadcasts. I will seek to follow her in allowing the Christian faith to illuminate what is happening in our world. As she said on Christmas Day 2011, ‘Although we are capable of great acts of kindness, history teaches us that we sometimes need saving from ourselves – from our recklessness or our greed.’
Published 13th April 2012
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