A Wing and A Prayer at Ripon Cathedral

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A message from Dean John:

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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Ripon Cathedral does not receive any regular government support. We rely on the generosity of donations from our visitors to sustain this great cathedral so that we can continue to provide care and support to everyone in this community.

With the suspension of public worship and social distancing measures due to Covid-19, our finances have been impacted like never before. We have lost donations from visitors, worshippers and income from cancelled events – this has made it more difficult to secure the work of this historic place for future generations.

If you are able to support us at this difficult time, you can do so by following the link below.

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