Cathedral receives CRF Grant

Leicester Cathedral receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Leicester Cathedral has been awarded £249,999 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

Leicester Cathedral is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

This grant will help sustain the choral tradition at Leicester Cathedral. Leicester Cathedral is the only place in Leicestershire where Evensong is sung on weekdays and one of only a handful where it is sung each Sunday.

Under normal circumstances we host an eclectic and diverse programme of musical events and activities that range from traditional choral music to cutting edge modern music and classical Indian music.

Choristers at Leicester Cathedral benefit from the rigorous and intensive musical education for which the British Cathedral tradition is envied throughout the world. Our singing programme, DioSing!, embeds this work in the day-to-day education of primary school children around the city and county, thereby enabling an even wider cross-section of the population to benefit from the expertise of the Cathedral musicians through a curriculum covering the full range of skills required of a choral singer.

This funding will help our music achieve financial viability by 31 March 2021. It will offer our city a positive and inclusive experience of Christmas and increase our capacity for activity and sustainability.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery. “These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This
unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

Chair of the Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said: “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”

Dean of Leicester, The Very Revd David Monteith, said: “At Leicester Cathedral our singers give us joy and inspire us on the darkest of days. We believe choral music is for everyone, and our singers are diverse in age, race and backgrounds. This money means this great tradition of music making can continue and even develop more.”

Director of Music at Leicester Cathedral, Dr Chris Ouvry-Johns, said: “Cathedral music is as much a part of our cultural heritage as the buildings in which it is heard throughout the land and the thought of Leicester Cathedral without the sound of our choirs and organ in worship and concert is like imagining a heart with no blood to pump. This funding will enable us to continue to make that tradition accessible to everyone in our community, whether they are close to us geographically or connect with us from further afield through our online offering.”

Opening Times | Public Worship Details

Thursday 10 September 2020
Following the ‘rule of six’ – indicating that the number of people permitted to take part in a social gathering is to be reduced from 30 to six in England and Scotland – we understand the new regulations will not apply to public worship or individual prayer in church buildings. Leicester Cathedral will continue to operate as below.

Opening Times for Private Prayer

The Cathedral is open to the public from Wednesdays to Sundays: from 11.00am-3.00pm on Wed-Sat and from 12.00pm-3.00pm on Sundays.

Date

Opening Times

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11.00am-3.00pm
Lunchtime Eucharist: 1.00pm
Thursday 11.00am-3.00pm
Friday 11.00am-3.00pm
Saturday 11.00am-3.00pm
Sunday Sunday Eucharist (booking required): 10.30am
12.00pm-3.00pm

Public Worship

Sunday 10.30am Eucharist

Our socially distanced Eucharist services will take place on Sundays at 10.30am. These are a simple Eucharist with organ music but no singing. Places will be limited and worshippers will need to book a place for this service.

While a small number of places will be available on the day, capacity is limited for this and we strongly advise worshippers to book a place to be sure of entry.

The Verger Duty phone will be taking bookings from 3.00–5.00pm on the Friday before the service only. The number to ring is 07947 896 464.

Wednesday 1.00pm Eucharist

A smaller scale weekday Eucharist will also take place on Wednesdays at 1.00pm.

No booking is required, but upon arrival you will be invited to give details for the NHS Track and Trace system.


You will need to wear a face mask or covering for the duration of your visit to the Cathedral. Please arrive in good time to ensure and abide by social distancing measures.

We will seek to reintroduce services in a gradual way as we build up experience in how to do this well with risks managed.

We are working towards the live-streaming of our Eucharist services as well, so that those who cannot physically visit the building may still join with us.

We will also continue to offer our Sunday online YouTube service, which we will develop in light of the feedback from our online Worship Survey.

Please note this information to subject to change and will be updated regularly.

 

Online Services

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

Sunday 25 October 2020 | Bible Sunday

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 18 October 2020 | Luke the Evangelist

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 11 October 2020 | Trinity 18

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 4 October 2020 | The County Service for Leicestershire

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 4 October 2020 | Trinity 17

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 27 September 2020 | Trinity 16

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 20 September 2020 | St Matthew

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 13 September 2020 | Trinity 14

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 6 September 2020 | Trinity 13

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 30 August 2020 | Trinity 12

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 23 August 2020 | Trinity 11

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Saturday 22 August 2020 | Service to mark the Anniversary of the death of King Richard III

Order of Service  |  YouTube link


Sunday 16 August 2020 | Trinity 10

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Saturday 15 August 2020 | Service for the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 9 August 2020 | Trinity 9

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 2 August 2020 | Trinity 8

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 26 July 2020 | Trinity 7

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 19 July 2020 | Trinity 6

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 12 July 2020 | Trinity 5

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 5 July 2020 | Trinity 4

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 28 June 2020 | St Peter and St Paul

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 21 June 2020 | Trinity 2

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 14 June 2020 | Trinity 1

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 7 June 2020 | Trinity Sunday

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 31 May 2020 | Pentecost

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Stations of the Resurrection

Easter isn’t finished with Easter Sunday! Christians celebrate the Easter season for 50 days.

Join us in our Cathedral community as we continue to ponder the deep mystery of God’s eternal life with us every day.

1. The Earthquake

2. Mary Magdalene finds the Empty Tomb

3. The Disciples run to the Empty Tomb

4. The Angel appears to the Women

5. Jesus meets the Woman

6. The Road to Emmaus

7. Jesus appears to the Disciples

8. Jesus promises the Spirit

9. Jesus commissions the Disciples

10. Jesus breathes the Spirit

11. Jesus reveals himself to Thomas

12. Jesus appears at the Lakeside

13. Jesus confronts Peter

14. Jesus and the beloved disciple

15. Jesus appears to the 500

16. Jesus commissions the Disciples on the Mountain

17. The Ascension

18. After Easter

19. Jesus appears to Saul


Sunday 24 May 2020 | Easter 7

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Thursday 21 May 2020 | Ascension Day

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 17 May 2020 | Easter 6

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 10 May 2020 | Easter 5

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Friday 8 May 2020 | VE Day
A Service on the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 3 May 2020 | Easter 4

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 26 April 2020 | Easter 3

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 19 April 2020 | Easter 2

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Sunday 12 April | Easter Day, 10.30am

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Saturday 11 April | Holy Saturday, 8.00pm

Heralding Easter in Two Parts – Part One: Vigil and Part Two: Service of Light. For a service order, click here.


Friday 10 April | Good Friday, 12.00pm

The service is split into three parts – at Part One, Part Two and Part Three. For a service order, click here.


Thursday 9 April | Maundy Thursday, 7.30pm

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a service order, click here.


Holy Week | Complines by Campfire

Join The Revd Morna Simpson for three services of Compline, or night prayer, during Holy Week from the Holy Spirit Parish in the Diocese of Leicester. Morna’s blog Tea and Theology can be found here.


Sunday 5 April | Palm Sunday

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a Service Order, click here.


Sunday 29 March | Lent 5

Click here to watch on YouTube. For a Service Order, click here.


Additionally, various members of us Cathedral Clergy are saying Morning and Evening Prayer regularly, at 8.30am and 4.30pm 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.


While we may be closed to visitors, you can still enjoy a 360° virtual walk around the Cathedral from the comfort of your own home, using the Google Maps function below!

Cathedral in Touch – Weekly Newsletter

Below you can read the newsletter ‘Cathedral in Touch’ for the latest news and updates from Leicester Cathedral, as well as for other information and reflection.

If you do not usually receive this but would like to, please fill in the form below. (Check your email’s spam/junk inbox if you don’t think you are receiving it!)

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

Below is a list of FAQs relating to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
These FAQs were last updated on 5 August 2020 at 3.00pm.

Leicester Cathedral is now open for private prayer to the public from Wednesdays to Sundays. 

Our community also continues to meet in prayer and online.

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?

We were very pleased to re-open the Cathedral on Saturday 1 August, with the Bishop and Dean of Leicester leading prayers and lighting the Easter Candle, symbolically carrying in the Light of Christ to the building.

The Cathedral will be open for private prayer to the public from Wednesdays to Sundays: 11.00am-3.00pm Wed-Sat | 12.00noon-3.00pm Sunday. More general sight seeing and tourist visiting is not restarted at this time.

St Martins House Conference Centre will be re-opening and taking bookings for meetings for up to 30 people from Monday 24 August. St Martins Lodge are now also accepting guest bookings from the 10 August. For more information or to make a booking please contact the front desk team on 0116 261 5200 or e-mail Leicester.Reception@StMartinsHouse.com

The White Rose Café, and Christian Resources Shop will be closed to the public until further notice.

Any future changes will be communicated via the Cathedral website and social media.

When will public worship begin again?

Our first socially distanced service will take place on Sunday 9 August at 10.30am. This will be a simple Eucharist with organ music but no singing. Places will be limited and worshippers will need to book a place for this service.

While a small number of places will be available on the day, capacity is limited for this and we strongly advise worshippers to book a place to be sure of entry.

The Verger Duty phone will be taking bookings from 3.00–5.00pm on Friday 7 August only. The number to ring is 07947 896 464.

You will need to wear a face mask or covering for the duration of your visit to the Cathedral. Please arrive in good time to ensure and abide by social distancing measures.

As we work out demand for services and work through practical details, we hope to extend provision in the week. Watch out for details.

We also hope to live-stream Morning Prayer and a midweek Eucharist. Watch out for details.

We will continue the YouTube Service, available on Sundays from 10.30am. This is usually not a Eucharist. We will review this in light of our Online Survey results.

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

How does this affect pastoral care?

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, we are able to accept virtual prayer requests via this Google Form: https://tinyurl.com/y9fo35fp or email leicestercathedralprayer@leccofe.org

You can also find information about care and mental health on this page here.

Do you still need my donation?

Thank you for asking this question. We do understand that not everyone will be able to help in this uncertain climate. But if you are able to continue your giving, or to make a donation now, it will be enormously helpful.

We have limited reserves, our earned income has come to a standstill, and giving by collection plate and envelope has ceased. Whilst we have taken what steps we can to mitigate the effects of all this, including furloughing some staff, the costs of running and maintaining the Cathedral continue. As a result, we are experiencing very real financial pressures.

If you normally donate by Standing Order or Direct Debit then please do carry on as usual, if you are able to do so. If you normally donate by giving cash during a service, you might wish to consider regular giving – click here for more information.

You can also make a one-off online by clicking here, or you can also ext the word PLATE to 70191 (for
£10) or 70970 (£5)

Thank you for your support at such a difficult time.

How does this affect the Choir?

There will be no physical choir practices or services at Leicester Cathedral until further notice. However, the Choir has been keeping busy virtually, including the recording of music for our online services.

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?

The latest advice and FAQs from Leicester City Council can be found here.

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

Care and Mental Health

Although Leicester Cathedral is temporarily closed, the Chapter remain committed to the safety and well-being of all who are in or have contact with our community.

Daily Hope

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

Options available include materials also available digitally by the Church of England’s Communications team such as Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer updated daily, from Common Worship, and a recording of the Church of England weekly national online service.

A section called Hymn Line offers callers a small selection of hymns, updated daily. An option entitled ‘Hymns We Love’, provides a hymn and reflection and is based on an initiative by the Connections group.

Pastoral Care

Many of us have been phoning, messaging and mailing one another. We do not have access to our database currently, and we are a little worried that some people may be out of touch and feeling it – but we’re not sure who they may be. If you think someone may not be ‘in the loop’ and/or would welcome contact from the pastoral team please do let us know – email alison.adams@leccofe.org or ring the Canon-in-Residence: 07399 523 330.

Similarly if you would like prayers for a particular person or situation, email the Sub-Dean and make it clear if this is a prayer request which could be shared with the wider community, or one to be kept private.

We are looking at ways we might possibly have a virtual prayer board online as well.

Mental Health

The Church of England have created a page on their website with information you might need for supporting your mental health at this challenging time. They have created a mental health reflections booklet with new material to provide hope, reassurance and comfort, that you can download.

The charity Mind provides confidential support for people with mental health problems.

Don’t forget you can ring Leicester Cathedral’s Canon-in-Residence on 07399 523 330.

Organisations

Whether you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, Leicester City Council have put together information about the below organisations that provide trusted information and support.

Organisation

Contact Details

NHS 111 ONLINE

Check if you coronavirus symptoms.

Website: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
GOV.UK

What you need to do and frequently asked questions.

Website: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
NHS

Advice for everyone on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Mind

Confidential support for people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm)

Website: www.mind.org.uk

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org

UAVA

Support for anyone who has been affected by domestic abuse and / or sexual violence.

Phone: 0808 80 200 28 (open from Monday to Saturday, 8am-8pm)

Text support: 07715 994 962 (text support only, calls will not be answered)

Website: www.uava.org.uk

Relate

The UK’s largest provider of relationship support.

Phone: 0300 003 0396 (Monday to Thursday, 8am-8pm / Friday, 8am-6pm)

Website: www.relate.org.uk

Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland

Confidential, free advice line which can help with anything that affects your quality of later life.

Phone: 0116 299 2239 (Monday to Friday, 9am-1pm)

Website: www.ageuk.org.uk/leics

LLEP Business Gateway Growth Hub

The Growth Hub is free and impartial advice to access business support across Leicester and Leicestershire.

Phone: 0116 366 8487 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)

Website: www.bizgateway.org.uk

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

The Church of England has 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). All Church of England churches are to close with immediate effect, including for private prayer.

Leicester Cathedral is closed for the foreseeable future, including services and events.

Online services, including Holy Week and Easter, can be found here.

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.