17 Apr, 2014

Adelaide lights up for Easter

The City of Adelaide will be shining bright this Easter, thanks to new lights installed at St Peter’s Cathedral and St John’s Church, while Adelaide Oval’s Riverbank Stand will illuminate Easter colours.

City of Adelaide has funded the new lights at St Peter’s Cathedral, sparking a partnership with Adelaide Oval which is featuring the liturgical (church) colours for the Easter period:

Thursday, 17 April – purple
Friday, 18 April – purple
Saturday, 19 April – gold, white and yellow
Sunday, 20 April – gold, white and yellow

City of Adelaidelor Sandy Wilkinson said the council has funded the installation of external lights at both churches in time for Easter celebrations.

Cr Wilkinson said the projects were undertaken in close consultation with church staff who have welcomed the lighting upgrades during what is one of their busiest times of the year.

The proposal to light up the northern view of St Peter's Cathedral was Councillor Wilkinson’s idea that received the support of Council.

“I was observing how the St Peter's Cathedral spires were on axis with O'Connell Street and had quite likely been intended that way by Colonel Light,” he said.

“This gave me the idea for the opportunity to showcase the spires of St Peter's Cathedral, at night from the north, as would be seen from this axial vista down O'Connell Street for the thousands of people travelling into the city to enjoy.”

Very Rev’d Frank Nelson, Dean of St Peter’s Cathedral, said the initiative will add festive lights to the community’s Easter celebrations.

“Light is an ancient and powerful Christian symbol of resurrection, so as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus over Easter it is fitting that the new lighting of St Peter’s Cathedral will be shining brightly,” he said.

“The lighting of the old (cathedral) and the new (oval) is a way of being good neighbours and adding value to this ‘great city of churches’.

“Adelaide Oval CEO, Andrew Daniels, and I hope that this simple symbol will remind people of the significance of Good Friday as a public holiday, and be a tangible sign of good neighbourliness.”