Online Service for Sunday 29 March

A morning service (non-Eucharistic) led by the Cathedral clergy will be posted on this page for the usual time of 10.30am on Sunday 29 March.

Click here to watch on YouTube.

You can also download a service order here.

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Additionally, various members of us Cathedral Clergy are saying Morning and Evening Prayer regularly, at 9.30am and 3.30pm respectively. The app for this is easily found on the Church of England website, which is where you’ll find the Archbishop of Canterbury’s service, and other useful resources.

A Message from the Sub-Dean

Hasn’t this last week been a journey? It’s been hugely busy here at the Cathedral, but I wanted to assure you, as part of the wider community, both of our City and County and beyond, that we may not be face to face right now, but you are not forgotten and we have been praying for you.

I hope this finds you well and in good spirits. Some may, sadly, have become ill and others are self-isolating. We are all having to work out new ways of living our lives, and that is not always easy but, hopefully, we can all find some upsides as well. Please look after yourselves.

I know that many of our communities connect one with another naturally, and hold good friendships; and I rejoice at that. At the Cathedral we are also working out ways of keeping in touch well and supporting one another. More of that in due course, but please don’t hesitate to ring the Canon in Residence (07399 523 330) if you would like to speak to someone.

For starters, we’d like to encourage you to check out the website and our Facebook pages regularly. We haven’t yet worked out all the details of how we might connect and remotely laugh, cry, study, pray and enjoy things together. But there are lots of creative ideas around and I’d be happy to learn of yours!!

We are not able to hold public services, but the clergy and senior team continue to pray morning and evening. We’d like to encourage you to pray with and for us and for one another. Please see the (newly reformatted) news sheet ‘Cathedral in Touch’ for details of how this will work and for other information and reflection. If you do not usually receive this but would like to please mail us.

May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. (2 Thess 3.16)

Alison Adams
Sub-Dean
20 March 2020

We will update our FAQs page and issue new guidance on how the Cathedral is impacted as soon as we are able, and share through the Cathedral’s social media accounts as well. Do keep checking back.

Additionally, a morning service (non-Eucharistic) led by the Cathedral clergy will be posted on this page: www.leicestercathedral.org/online-services for the usual time of 10.30am on Sunday 29 March.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

Below is a list of FAQs relating to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
These FAQs were last updated on 27 March 2020 at 5.00pm.

The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Leicester Cathedral is closed for the time being but our community continues to meet in prayer and online.

Stay at home but continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable.

Read the Church of England announcement posted on Monday 23 March 2020.

We are aware this is a very difficult time and will prompt a number of further questions. We are working as a matter of priority to update these FAQs and will issue new guidance on this page as soon as we are able and share through the Cathedral’s social media accounts. Do keep checking back.

Are you open as usual?

Leicester Cathedral is closed for the time being, but our community continues to meet in prayer and online. We will update this page with details of how to join in when we can.

A morning service (non-Eucharistic) led by the Cathedral clergy will be posted on this page: www.leicestercathedral.org/online-services for the usual time of 10.30am on Sunday 29 March.

St Martins House is closed. This means that the White Rose Café and Christian Resources Shop will be closed until further notice.

Any future changes will be communicated via the Cathedral website and social media, and to event ticket holders via email as well.

What is the advice from the Church of England?

All Church of England churches are to close with immediate effect, including for private prayer, in an effort to help limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The archbishops and bishops of the Church of England have written collectively to clergy, through their dioceses, urging them now to close all church buildings – other than where they are needed to keep a foodbank running, but even then under strict limits.

There will be no church weddings until further notice; funerals will not take place inside church buildings and the only baptisms will be emergency baptisms in a hospital or home.

It follows the announcement by the Prime Minister on 23 March of wide-ranging restrictions as part of a national and international effort to help limit the spread of the disease.

For more information from the CofE website, click here.

How does this affect pastoral care?

We at the Cathedral are working out ways of keeping in touch well and supporting one another. More of that in due course, but please don’t hesitate to ring the Canon in Residence (07399 523 330) if you would like to speak to someone.

If you would like us to pray for a particular person or situation, please email the Sub-Dean. Please make it clear if this is a prayer request which could be shared with the wider community, as we are used to doing on our weekly notice sheet.

Can I still donate?

The costs of running and maintaining the Cathedral will continue, but as a result of this crisis, giving by collection plate and envelope will largely cease. Visitor income will drop sharply and we have already incurred costs through things planned now not taking place. This will cause us some very real financial pressures.

If you do not currently give by Standing Order or Direct Debit we would ask you to consider doing so. If you are in a position to increase your giving it will make a huge difference, especially as we appreciate that changes in some peoples’ circumstances mean they may need to reduce financial giving.

Giving can be made via the Parish Giving Scheme or by Standing Order. Parish Giving Forms can be posted to you on request or Standing Order forms can be found on the Cathedral website here.

To request a form please email Elisa Simmons.

Thank you very much indeed.

How does this affect the Choir?

There will be no choir practices or services at Leicester Cathedral until further notice.

How can I receive updates about events I’ve booked for?

Changes and important updates will be communicated to ticket holders via email.

Lunchtime concerts are cancelled going forwards and the Richard Remembered events scheduled to take place Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 March are all postponed with a view to holding them at a later date.

How can I help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new rules people have to follow to help tackle the coronavirus emergency:

Stay at home: no unnecessary journeys or social contact.

Only leave home for essential shopping (such as food), medical needs, and one form of exercise per day.

Public gatherings of more than two people are banned – excluding people you live with.

Don’t visit other people’s houses or socialise outside your home.

Police can fine you if you don’t follow the rules.

If unwell, isolate yourself and your family.

Keep in touch with one another – by phone, video, messages or online.

Wash your hands for about 20 seconds with soap and hot water or use a sanitiser gel.

Use a tissue for coughs and sneezes, or if one is unavailable, use your sleeve.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Further information on how to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 can be found on the NHS website

 

Richard Remembered: The Fifth Anniversary

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the reinterment of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral.

We are unable to gather to mark this, but we can reflect on that occasion and King Richard’s legacy.

Please enjoy this video with reflection and prayer.

 

Knife Angel Visit Postponed

We regret to announce that the visit of the Knife Angel sculpture, which was due to take place during May 2020, has been postponed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Plans to bring the Knife Angel to Leicester had taken place for many months, with the Cathedral working with the City Council, Leicester City Football Club, The Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner, and many others.

The Leicester Knife Angel Committee were expecting huge numbers of visitors to view the sculpture and take part in the activities that had been timetabled by the various supporter and sponsors of these events.

The Revd Alison Adams, Sub-Dean of the Cathedral said: “We are deeply disappointed to have to take this decision. Many people have worked very hard on this project and we have received generous support from a number of local companies and organisations. We are hopeful that we can secure bringing the Knife Angel to Leicester in the future so we don’t lose the valuable work that has been taking place and the connections we have made within the committee and supporters of this project so far .”

Once the current crisis is passed the organising committee hopes to arrange for the Knife Angel to come to Leicester at some time in the future. We want to take this opportunity to thank all the organisations that stepped forward to support this initiative.

Lent and Easter 2020

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Church of England has issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.

Leicester Cathedral is open to visitors for private prayer between 10.00am–3.30pm daily, with appropriate hygiene and physical distancing measures in place, but public services are suspended.

Events are postponed as well. We will reschedule them to a later date and if it is an event where you have purchased a ticket your ticket will remain valid. We will be in touch as soon as we have a new date.

We are aware this is a very difficult time and will prompt a number of further questions. We will update the Cathedral website on the Covid-19 FAQs page and issue new guidance as soon as we are able, and share through the Cathedral’s social media accounts as well. Do keep checking back.

‘You are the salt of the earth.’
Matthew 5.13

Salt is essential to human living and has many uses. For that reason, in earlier times it became as valuable as precious metals. So, when Jesus said ‘You are the salt of the earth’, what did he mean?

We shall explore this alongside Bishop Guli as she makes her Lenten pilgrimage, also called Salt of the Earth. She will visit different parts of our Diocese, finding out how communities care for and support each other, praying and giving thanks for the ‘saltiness’ of individuals and groups. Here in the Cathedral we shall also pray and give thanks – do follow where Bishop Guli is going, and join us in sending her out on Ash Wednesday.

In the Church’s year we journey through Lent, taking a clear look at the brokenness of the world and our own shortcomings, culminating in Holy Week with Jesus’ last supper, his death and resurrection. A variety of services, sermons, prayer, a study course based upon The Greatest Showman, and childrens’ activities provide opportunities to rediscover our relationship with God and who we might truly be as that salt.

We pick up other themes also, marking Poverty Sunday on 23 February and holding a Dean’s Discussion with the artist Monica Petzal, whose exhibition Dissent and Displacement is currently on show at the New Walk Museum and Gallery. We will also mark Mental Health Awareness Week. To be salt of the earth is to engage with and respond to such topics and the challenges they pose.

No surprise, therefore, that the Knife Angel sculpture comes to Cathedral Gardens in May. Events will be planned, and we particularly invite you to pray, lament and reflect with us, that as communities and as a nation we may move away from this terrible violence. We also mark the five year anniversary of King Richard III’s reinterment with special events.

Finally, to note that cathedrals across the land are collectively marking a year of cathedrals and pilgrimage. They are special places, where Christ’s light shines bright, reaching out way beyond the walls. To be salt of the earth requires us to be attuned to the wider community, actively serving them and communicating God’s love. Everyday faith. We invite you to join us in that task.

The Revd Canon Alison Adams, Canon Pastor and Sub-Dean

The Sub-Dean’s Lent and Easter Message 2020


Lent and Easter

Lent

Ash Wednesday 26 February
Eucharist (said) | 1.00pm
Choral Eucharist | 5.30pm
Both services with Imposition of Ashes. Join us as we send Bishop Guli out on her Pilgrimage during the Choral Eucharist.

Sunday 22 March | 3.00pm
Aspects of Parenthood
A meditative service of music and readings for Mothering Sunday.

Thursday 26 March | 5.30pm
Choral Evensong on the Anniversary of the Reinterment of King Richard III
All welcome.

Friday 27 March | 10.00pm
Compline by Candlelight
Part of the Cathedrals at Night events.

Sunday 29 March | 3.00pm
Choral Evensong to mark the Anniversary of the Reinterment
Admission by ticket only.

Holy Week

Palm Sunday 5 April
Eucharist | 10.30am
Today begins the most important week in the Christian calendar. We will mirror Christ’s journey by starting outside in the Cathedral area and then returning inside the building.
A Service of Music & Readings | 3.00pm
To mark the beginning of Holy Week.

Monday 6 April | 1.00pm
Holy Week Musical Meditation
Readings, poetry and music for Passiontide.

Maundy Thursday 9 April
Diocesan Chrism Eucharist | 11.00am
With the Renewal of Ordination Vows, the Celebration of Ministries and the Blessing of the Holy Oils. Bishop Guli returns to reflect on her Pilgrimage.
Eucharist of the Last Supper & Vigil | 7.30pm
Remembering the Last Supper and re-enacting the washing of the disciples’ feet.

Good Friday 10 April
The Liturgy for Good Friday | 12.00pm
A three hour devotion with prayers, hymns, music, addresses, and silence, concluding with the Passion Reading and Holy Communion from 2.00pm. Join us for all or part of the service.

Holy Saturday 11 April
Easter Vigil | 7.00pm
Easter Vigil with Baptism and Confirmation.

Easter Day 12 April
Eucharist (said) | 8.00am
Festal Eucharist | 10.30am
Festal Evensong | 3.00pm

Sunday 26 April | 3.00pm
You are the Salt of the Earth
A celebratory Evensong to recognise and give thanks for people and organisations who are the salt of our communities.


Music and Concerts

Tuesday 24 March | 7.30pm
The King’s Men
Join the close-harmony group formed from the Choral Scholars of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for a concert in the Cathedral held as part of their 2020 English concert tour.
Tickets: £10.00–£20.00, book via Eventbrite.

Saturday 28 March | 7.00pm
The York Waits
Performing a wide repertoire of 16th century period European music as well as their own arrangements of popular dance and ballard tunes. Part of the Richard III reinterment anniversary weekend.
Tickets: £6.00–£12.00, book via Eventbrite.


Children and Family

Saturday 7 March | 11.00am
Messy Cathedral does SCIENCE
A variety of activities and experiments for the family, using science to explore aspects of the Christian faith. Book via Eventbrite for all children and adults attending.

Saturday 28 March | All day
King Richard III Family Activities
Family activities, tours, and talks throughout the day as part of the weekend of events marking the fifth anniversary of Richard III’s reinterment. More info available soon!


Friday 27 March
Leicester Cathedral will be open for late night viewing, prayer, tours and some Richard III related short talks. Round off the evening with with Compline by Candlelight at 10.00pm.
Free admission!



To find out more about Bishop Guli’s Lent Pilgrimage around Leicestershire community and social action projects, click here.



 


Richard Remembered: Fifth Anniversary of the Reinterment of Richard III

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Church of England has issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.

Leicester Cathedral is open to visitors for private prayer between 10.00am–3.30pm daily, with appropriate hygiene and physical distancing measures in place, but public services are suspended.

Events are postponed as well. We will reschedule them to a later date and if it is an event where you have purchased a ticket your ticket will remain valid. We will be in touch as soon as we have a new date.

We are aware this is a very difficult time and will prompt a number of further questions. We will update the Cathedral website on the Covid-19 FAQs page and issue new guidance as soon as we are able, and share through the Cathedral’s social media accounts as well. Do keep checking back.


On the afternoon of Sunday 29 March 2020 His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO will attend Choral Evensong at Leicester Cathedral as part of an extended weekend of talks and activities to mark the fifth anniversary of the reinterment of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral. The Duke of Gloucester was present during the week of the reinterment and attended the service on 26 March 2015.  This service of reinterment was watched by over 600 million people across the world and was to change the narrative of medieval history forever.

The Sub Dean, The Revd Canon Alison Adams said:

“The presence in 2015 of the current Richard, Duke of Gloucester at the reinterment of the former Duke of Gloucester, King Richard III, was a poignant moment in time crossing the centuries and we are delighted The Duke will be with us to mark this special anniversary.”

As well as the invited guests, there are a limited number of tickets available for members of the public. Full details of how to apply can be found on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/registration-for-ballot-only-5th-anniversary-of-reinterment-of-kr-iii-tickets-96628094231

The Reinterment of Richard III took place at Leicester Cathedral on March 26 2015 and the anniversary of this date will also be marked by a Choral Evensong at 5.30pm on Thursday 26 March 2020. This service will be open to any members of the public who wish to attend.


Events

What do you remember of when we reburied King Richard III? The crowds? The pageantry? The music? For me the poignancy as his coffin was lowered into its final resting place. The soils from his birthplace, where he died and his home. His prayer book, carried reverently by the current Duke of Gloucester. Whatever you remember or even if you weren’t around here then, the last weekend in March is a chance to rediscover and remember the King Richard story – the historical one and the events of five years ago. Do join us.
See the photos and share your own memories and images with #RichardRemembered and #KRIII5.
The Revd Canon Alison Adams, Sub-Dean of Leicester

Tuesday 24 March

Concert: The King’s Men | 7.30pm
Join the close-harmony group formed from the Choral Scholars of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, for a concert in the Cathedral.
Tickets: £10.00–£20.00, book via Eventbrite

Thursday 26 March

Choral Evensong on the Anniversary | 5.30pm
All welcome to a special Choral Evensong on the day of the fifth anniversary of the reinterment. No booking required.

Friday 27 March

Cathedrals at Night | 6.00pm
This year, for the first time, every Church of England cathedral will open its doors for one very special evening.
Leicester Cathedral will host the following events and activities:

Family Tour | 6.00pm
Tales of the unexpected. A tour to include some lesser known stories about the Cathedral as well as King Richard related places. Tickets are £5.00 per family.

Looking Forward, Looking Back | 6.30pm
Richard III died in the 15th century and was finally buried in the 21st. Across time memories, real or not, have accumulated. His death was a pivotal moment for England; his reburial for Leicester. What are the main threads? What to hold on to? A free talk given by Alison Adams, the Sub-Dean.

King Richard III Tours | 8.00pm and 9.00pm
A rare chance to hear about the creative processes that went into the Pall, Tomb and Tom Denny Windows, as well as the history of Richard III. Tickets are £3.50 per person, with accompanied children under 16 free.

Compline by Candlelight | 10.00pm
A special service of Compline at the Cathedral.

Monuments of the House of York with Dr Christian Steer | 7.00pm
At The King Richard III Visitor Centre
A talk by the Hon. Visiting Fellow, University of York. Tickets are £5.00 and include a glass of wine or soft drink, available from www.kriii.com/richard-remembered

Saturday 28 March

Talk with Professor Turi King | 11.00am
As a geneticist and with the use of descendants’ DNA, Dr King was a key player in identifying the remains discovered in the car park as being those of King Richard III. Free admission, but book via Eventbrite.

The Improbability of Finding King Richard III | 1.00pm
A free talk by Mick McQuade looking at several people in history who, had they made an alternative decision to that made, would mean we would never have found Richard III. No booking required.

You are what you eat: Richard III’s diet with Dr Angela Lamb | 3.00pm
At The Richard III Visitor Centre
In their new study, experts from the British Geological Survey and the University of Leicester used an isotope analysis of the skeleton’s bones and teeth to search for further clues about Richard’s diet and lifestyle.
Ticket price included in entrance to the Visitor Centre.

Concert: The York Waits | 7.00pm
The York Waits perform a concert at the Cathedral of wide repertoire of 16th century period European music as well as their own arrangements of popular dance and ballad tunes.
Tickets: £6.00–£12.00 tickets are available from Eventbrite

Sunday 29 March

Choral Evensong to mark the Fifth Anniversary of the Reinterment of King Richard III
In the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO. Ticketed admission only.


All events are at Leicester Cathedral and free to attend, unless otherwise stated. If you have any questions, please contact the Cathedral Office.

Lunchtime Concerts | Spring 2020

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Church of England has issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.

Leicester Cathedral is open to visitors for private prayer between 10.00am–3.30pm daily, with appropriate hygiene and physical distancing measures in place, but public services are suspended.

Events are postponed as well. We will reschedule them to a later date and if it is an event where you have purchased a ticket your ticket will remain valid. We will be in touch as soon as we have a new date.

We are aware this is a very difficult time and will prompt a number of further questions. We will update the Cathedral website on the Covid-19 FAQs page and issue new guidance as soon as we are able, and share through the Cathedral’s social media accounts as well. Do keep checking back.


Please note the concert on Monday 20 January has had to be postponed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Details correct at time of publication. Please note that performers could change at short notice.

Pilgrimage in a Day

The British Pilgrimage Trust have created day pilgrimages for all cathedrals to mark this 2020 year of pilgrimage. See below for details on the Leicester Cathedral Pilgrimage in a Day.

Leicester Cathedral Pilgrimage in a Day – 8 or 11 miles. This pilgrimage route has a royal theme connecting the start and end points. The young prince St Wigstan was martyred in 849AD, the church in Wistow marking the place where he was slain. The royal blood that was shed reputedly causes human hair to grow among the grass in the churchyard on 1 June, the anniversary of his death, a 12th century legend that speaks volumes of the medieval imagination. The pilgrimage heads north through fields, passing the medieval church of St Luke’s, before emerging into Leicester’s suburbs and the final stretch into the city centre past memorials to another royal victim of bloodshed, or before taking a pleasant canal-side route almost all the way into the city centre (depending on which route you take). Emerging on to the streets for the final stretch into the city centre, pilgrims will pass past memorials to another royal victim of bloodshed. King Richard III’s remains were uncovered in a car park in 2012, and reverently buried in the nearby Leicester Cathedral in 2015, where his tomb can be visited today.

In collaboration with the British Pilgrimage Trust, this route was created by Nick Mayhew-Smith, author of ‘The Naked Hermit‘, and Britain’s Holiest Places. 

To download the route onto your phone, go to the Trust’s website here: https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/leicester-cathedral-pilgrimage-in-a-day/

Your Cathedral needs your help to bring the Knife Angel to Leicester

The Knife Angel took two years to make and, standing at 27 feet tall, is made from over 100,000 knives which have been taken out of circulation. It is a response to the problem of Knife Crime and Violence and Aggression in our society and was made by Clive Knowles and his team at the British Ironwork Centre in Shropshire – see www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk/show-areas/the-knife-angel-official   It has been travelling from city to city, often displayed at cathedrals, including Coventry and Derby Cathedrals.

A group of people and organisations from the city have already come together to bring it to Leicester in May 2020. It will be placed in Cathedral Gardens. The Cathedral is already working with the City Council, Leicester City Football Club, The Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner and many others.

We plan that it will be accompanied by a programme of activities to draw attention to the impact of knife crime and to help empower those who are most vulnerable, especially young people from across our communities. Young people are already planning a programme of events including working with those already impacted by knife crime. Additionally the Cathedral will host a Book of Reflections and a Memorial Service for those who have experienced knife crime.

There is no hire charge to host the statue but there are other costs associated with bringing it here. For example, it would be Leicester’s responsibility to transport it to the next city after we have hosted the Angel.

The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, said ‘We really want this to happen but we need to appeal for help to make this possible. Other cities have done it.  I’m sure we can too. We want to make a real and lasting impact here in 2020.’

We need businesses and individuals to offer pro-bono help with the following:

Structural Engineers to advise on installation

Road haulage of sufficient capacity

Insurance

Security provision

Portable Stage and Lighting

PA for launch and closing events

Printing to help with signage and publicity

Marketing input

Media support

Creative partners who help us devise events

Sponsors/funders to make it all happen

Please get in touch via email KnifeAngel@LecCofE.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.