Faith & Worship

Week 28 - Ros De Silva

In this week's #BlessedIsShe, we meet Ros De Silva, the choir's Robes Keeper. 

Yesterday, the Cathedral Choir departed on tour to Belgium and the Netherlands. They go with four dozen robes, all meticulously maintained by Ros and her team. 

In this centenary year of women's suffrage, we are celebrating the women who play important roles in the daily life of the Cathedral community.

Each Saturday of the year, we will be sharing a different story here and across our social media. 

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What’s your connection with Bristol Cathedral?

I am a member of the congregation and a chorister parent. I also help with looking after the Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Consort robes. And I’m also on the rota for prayer ministry. When my children were younger, I used to help with the Cathedral Kids on a Sunday morning. 


How long have you been associated with the Cathedral?

About 10 years but this has been my regular place of worship for about seven years. 


What first drew you to Bristol Cathedral?

My eldest son was in Bristol Voices choir and then joined the Cathedral Choir as a probationer when he was 10 years old. He successfully auditioned and here we still are!


What have been some of your personal highlights?

There have been many as my children have grown up. Christmas and Palm Sundays with a real donkey have always been fun, as well as the big services with the Archbishop of Canterbury. The BBC televised Christmas Day service in 2016 was a challenge finding six choir robes for some extra people with half an hour to go before the service went on air!

But probably my favourites have been the Easter Dawn Eucharist when my children were baptized, being confirmed myself one Easter Day. And just sitting in a daily Choral Evensong is a calm, peaceful and transcendent experience at the end of the day.


What would you like to see the Cathedral doing over the next few years?

The Cathedral is such a hive of activity and there always seems to be so much going on. But the outreach and social justice group do amazing work in reaching out to the city and those in need. This feels like really important work to be built on in communicating and expressing the love of Christ to those who feel on the margins of society. 


What does the Cathedral mean for you?

This is a special place where the people, the community and the friends that I have made join with the many thousands of people who have worshipped here over the centuries. It is a privilege to be part of that.