St Georges Cathedral
A place for people to gather in worship and prayer – sometimes with spoken words, sometimes in silence, and sometimes enveloped in sacred music.
Our doors are open to everyone of any faith or none.
On the night of 24 April 1918 West Australian (51st Battalion) and other Allied Forces launched a counter-attack partly surrounding the village of Villers-Bretonneux and on 25 April the town was recaptured. Australian, British, and French troops restored the original front line by 27 April.
A number of charges against machine-gun posts helped the Australian advance; in particular, West Australian Lieutenant Clifford Sadlier of the 51st Battalion, was awarded the Victoria Cross, after attacking with hand-grenades. The two brigades swept around Villers-Bretonneux and the Germans retreated, for a while escaping the pocket along a railway cutting. The Australians eventually captured the German positions and pushed the German line back, leaving the German troops in Villers-Bretonneux surrounded. By 25 April, the town had been recaptured and handed back to the villagers. The battle was a great success for the Australian troops, who had defeated the German attempt to capture Amiens and recaptured Villers-Bretonneux while outnumbered; the village remained in Allied hands to the end of the war. In the words of one British general, the Australians ‘saved France’.
The Villers-Bretonneux Cross, made by men of the 51st Battalion, now housed in the Cathedral’s Soldiers’ Chapel, will be on display.
Music for the service is sung by members of the Cathedral Consort.
The Cathedral’s popular lunchtime concerts series, Concerts at One, continues today with a performance by Penrhos College.
There is no need to book ahead. Entry is free, with a retiring collection taken.
All our supporters, their family and friends are invited to this annual Memorial Service.
This heartening, non-denominational service allows family and friends the chance to come together and remember loved ones who have passed away from heart disease, light a candle in their memory and pay tribute through music and prayer.
A special celebration of Holy Communion which includes anointing & laying on of hands with prayer. This service is held on the first Tuesday of every month.
The day begins with percolated coffee and prayers. The morning offers the Eucharist, reflections and poetry on the themes by Cathedral Scholar Professor Christopher Wortham. Word of Life and Contemplative Prayer follow lunch and the day concludes with Celtic prayers.
Speaker: Dr Nancy Ault, Assistant Warden, Wollaston Cathedral College.
Cost: $12.00, including lunch refreshments and materials.
Please book your place (so that we can cater for you and ensure that everyone has a seat) by the Monday before the event you are attending, by phoning 9325 5677 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org