A Wing and a Prayer

Leave a prayer and we will create an angel to fly in the cathedral's nave as an expression of our gratitude
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The Wing and a Prayer Installation is now open to view until the end of October. Entry is free, though donations are appreciated.

The Wing and A Prayer installation of 10,000 angels was designed during the COVID-19 lockdown to support the community through prayer

Since May, 10,000 origami angels have been made by 100 volunteers and 300 school pupils, who have helped to create an inspiring host of angels in the nave of Ripon Cathedral. Each angel represents a dedication made during the COVID-19 pandemic to key workers and loved ones. Our volunteers range from 3 – 90 years old and are located across the region.

During July, over 50 volunteers and staff members suspended 10,000 angels from a net before it was raised 50 feet into the nave’s vaulted ceiling.

The free exhibition is available to view through to October half term during our regular opening hours.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity providing a life saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across the whole of Yorkshire. On average, The Yorkshire Air Ambulance attend five incidents each day, every single day. Your donations will help secure the future of this amazing service which is so important to the people of Yorkshire, and all who need their help. By donating you are supporting the vital work of The Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the ministry of Ripon Cathedral for the benefit of communities across the region.


UPDATE Son et Lumiere Evenings POSTPONED

The Son et Lumiere evenings due to be held during the October half-term have now been postponed.



All of our angels have been inspired by the origamist, Hans Dybkjær.

Each angel has been beautifully folded with the help from the American YouTuber, Andy Origami, link below.

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    If the person you wish to pray is a keyworker, please select their occupation below. :

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    Your donation will contribute to the vital work of Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the ministry of Ripon Cathedral.

    Supporting Angels on the Frontline


    Helen Callear, Director of Fundraising (North and East) for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner for ‘A Wing and a Prayer’ at Ripon Cathedral.

     As members of our own crew are currently working on the frontline, this is a project very close to our charity’s heart and with event cancellations and fundraising activities on hold, the YAA need all the support we can get to keep our helicopters in the air and saving lives across the region.

     We would like to a say a huge thank you to Ripon Cathedral for their support and thank you to all the keyworkers who are working tirelessly to keep us safe during the fight against COVID19.”

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