The cathedral during lockdown

November 5, 2020
November 5, 2020 Michelle

A message from Dean John:

There seems to be a general weariness as we face the second lockdown; it comes as the days shorten and brings an awareness that COVID-19 is going to present challenges for some time to come. The spiritual strength and inspiration that the Christian faith gives is important in every situation, but especially at a time like this.

It is good then that our churches will be open, the cathedral certainly will be – every day. We can go in to pray and light a candle; the installation ‘A Wing and A Prayer’ will remain as a symbol of the constant prayer and hope of people across this region. And we can tune into a streamed service from the cathedral every day.

As in every situation in life, we can take time each day to count our blessings and thank God for them and to consider what we can do to support others.

As St. Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome, (after listing a host of examples of suffering and threats to human flourishing,) ‘In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us… (nothing) will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

Please, do keep in touch and keep praying.

God bless

Dean John

The cathedral will be open daily for private prayer from 10am until 4pm.

Services will happen with just one priest, while the cathedral is closed to the public at the start and end of the day.

We will stream evening prayer at 6pm Monday to Friday and at 5.30pm on Saturday, with a streamed Eucharist at 10.30am on Sundays. You can access these via the front page of the website.

*Our Christmas services have to be ticketed and are now live at www.riponcathedral.org.uk/christmas We fervently hope to hold our Advent Service (planned for Nov 29) on December 6.

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