Following recent guidance, we have taken the decision to return to the cathedral for daily prayer, whilst continuing to stream services.
All priests know that being before God in prayer with the concerns of the people on our hearts is central to our ministry. We have been sustaining this in our homes through the period of closed churches, but now we are back in the cathedral whose fabric has been sanctified by prayer over thirteen centuries and whose structure speaks today of the enduring presence and faithfulness of God.
While accepting fully the need for social distancing and vigilance in the face of COVID-19’s persistent threat, I feel for all of you who wish to join us and who are prevented from doing so. I look forward to the day when all people once again are free to enter through our doors.
In the meantime, I hope that people in the city of Ripon, diocese of Leeds, and across Yorkshire will be encouraged and comforted to know that at least we clergy are restored to this ancient mother church, praying for them and for the health and wellbeing of all.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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