As we settle into our residency at Salisbury Cathedral, our life has quickly taken on a lovely daily rhythm. The sun rises early over the close – just after 5:00 am – and we’re up early in the dorms. At 7:45 we gather for breakfast in the dining hall at the Cathedral School, a hearty English breakfast that includes new favorites like marmalade and marmite. Morning rehearsal begins promptly at 8:45, and then we have a bit of free time. On Tuesday we used it to explore the town of Salisbury, including the Church of St. Thomas Becket, High Street, a medieval home that has been turned into a movie theatre, and an open market. Afternoons include more rehearsal, this time in the cathedral’s choir room, and at 5:30 we are vested and ready for the Evensong procession.
Evensong is the turn of the day, and afterward we gather again for dinner at the Cathedral School. Often, we take a few minutes to reflect on Evensong, the day we’ve shared, and the adventures and responsibilities that lie ahead. Always, we take a few minutes to be grateful – for what we’ve seen and shared during the day, and for all the people who have made this trip possible for us.
As the days pass, our sense of family is growing stronger and stronger. We are learning to rely on each other – for borrowed shampoo, or late evening quiet company, or a kind word when we’re feeling tired or discouraged. Each of us is feeling a strong sense of independence as we successfully accomplish what we’ve come to accomplish, and a strong sense of community as we share the absolute joy of living and working together at Salisbury Cathedral.