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.

Lunchtime Concerts | Spring 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.

We will aim to reschedule events to a later date. 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.

Advent and Christmas 2019

Entertaining Angels

Welcome

For most people Christmas is a time of immense busyness and the Cathedral is no exemption. From the beginning of December there will be a procession of carol services, concerts and other events as different groups join us to mark this great celebration. I hope you will be able to make space for some of the different things talked about in this booklet.

As well as being busy we will have all our regular congregations and visitors. Some will be looking for comfort at what can be a difficult time of the year. Others will be wanting some space and stillness from the hectic schedule they can find ourselves in. Please pray that the people that come into the Cathedral will find God’s presence and peace and I pray that you too may find the peace of the Christ child this season.

Finally, in thinking for a theme this year I was struck by how angels play a key part in the story. From the announcement to Mary to the warning to Joseph to flee to Egypt. In fact angels turn up all over the place in scripture and many times it is ambiguous as to who or what is being described. They can be ‘God’; they can be divine beings created by God; they can be human beings speaking on behalf of God. I think it is purposely vague so that we don’t get hung up on the detail but hear whatever is the message they are conveying. During Advent, we will be having a teaching series on angels on the Sunday mornings as we seek to hear God as a cathedral. Please pray that, as we approach 2020 and all that will entail with our building project and even moving out of the building, we will stay tuned into what God is saying and doing that we might continue to build the kingdom.

May you have a blessed Advent and Christmas and do not forget the challenging words of Hebrews 13.2:

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it!
The Revd Canon Paul Rattigan Canon Chancellor

With thanks to the Friends of Leicester Cathedral for supporting events and activities during Advent and Christmas. Join by filling in an application form from the South Door or the Cathedral website here. The Cathedral Christmas tree was kindly donated by Palmers Garden Centre, Enderby.

The Dean’s Christmas Message


Advent and Christmas Services

Sunday 1 December  |  3.00pm
Advent Carol Service
Carols and music sung by the Cathedral Choir to mark the beginning of Advent.

Thursday 5 December  |  6.30pm 
Carols After Work
Join with city workers, residents and the wider community for a festive celebration.

Friday 6 December  |  7.00pm
Christian Union Carol Service

Saturday 7 December  |  5.30pm
Global Carol Service
A service of readings and carols from Christmas traditions around the world.

Sunday 8 December  |  3.00pm
Carol Service attended by the Freemasons

Wednesday 11 December  |  3.45pm
De Montfort University Carol Service

Thursday 12 December  |  5.30pm
Carol Service for the Courts

Monday 16 December  |  2.30pm
Dementia Carol Service
An informal service open to everyone, including people living with dementia, carers and families  followed by refreshments.

Thursday 19 December  |  6.00pm
The Cathedral Carol Service (I)
A traditional service of readings and prayers with Choir and Congregational carols. No booking needed. All welcome. Preacher: Canon Paul Rattigan.

Saturday 21 December  |  3.00pm and 4.30pm
Shoppers Carol Service
Take a break from your Christmas shopping and experience a moment of calm in amongst the busy-ness of the season with a short carol service in the beautiful atmosphere of your Cathedral. No booking needed. All welcome. A second service is at 4.30pm.

Sunday 22 December  |  3.00pm
The Cathedral Carol Service (II)
A traditional service of readings, prayers and carols. No booking needed. All welcome. Preacher: Bishop Guli.

Christmas Eve  Tuesday 24 December
Blessing of the Crib  |  3.00pm
A short service with carols and readings for children of all ages and their families as we build and bless the crib.

The Cathedral Carol Service (III)  |  6.00pm
A traditional service of readings, prayers and carols. No booking needed. All welcome. Preacher: Bishop Martyn.

Midnight Mass  |  11.30pm
All are welcome, to celebrate in the presence of the Christ Child and the Crib, with the Cathedral Choir, carols, incense and candlelight. Preacher: Dean David.

Christmas Day Wednesday 25 December
BCP Eucharist  |  8.00am

Festal Eucharist  |  10.30am
A Christmas morning service sung by the Cathedral Choir with carols, incense and Holy Communion. Preacher: Bishop Guli.

Festive Music and Events

Advent Meditations

Seasonal musical meditations with bible readings and poetry. Admission free.

Monday 2 December  |  1.00pm
Advent Meditation I

Monday 9 December  |  1.00pm

Advent Meditation II

Monday 16 December  |  1.00pm
Advent Meditation III

Monday 23 December  |  1.00pm
Advent Meditation IV

Tuesday 3 December  |  6.30pm 

Interfaith Panel Discussion
An evening exploring the birth narratives of Guru Nanak and Jesus. All welcome. With the Canon Chancellor.Wednesday 4 December  |  7.30pm
LOROS Charity Christmas Concert
Get into the Christmas spirit with a night of festive song. Join LOROS in the beautiful surroundings of Leicester Cathedral for a candle-lit evening of traditional Christmas carols, topped off with mulled wine and mince pies. Refreshments: 7.00pm, concert starts: 7.30pm. Tickets for £10.00 (adult) & £5.00 (child) available from www.loros.co.uk/eventsSaturday 7 December  |  12.00pm
SoundCafé Carol-a-thon
From 12.00–3.00pm. All welcome.Saturday 14 December  |  7.30pm
Christmas Concert with the Leicester Symphony Orchestra and Cathedral Choir
Join us for a special concert of orchestral music, choral pieces, and audience carols. Tickets for £12.00 available from www.leicestersymphonyorchestra.co.uk

Children and Family

Saturday 14 December   |  11.00am
Family Christmas Craft
Families are invited to join us for 90 minutes of Christmas crafts and activities. Book via Eventbrite. Please book for all children and adults attending.Monday 23 December   |  7.00pm
BBC Radio Leicester Sing Christmas!
This is an interactive community carol service broadcast live from St Martins House on BBC Radio Leicester. See their website for more details.Tuesday 24 December   |  3.00pm
Blessing of the Crib
A short service with carols and readings for children of all ages and their families as we build and bless the crib.Saturday 25 January 2020  | 3.00pm
Messy Christingle Service
A service for children and their families, singing carols and retelling the Christmas story with Christingles. Please note January date. Book via Eventbrite. Please book for all children and adults attending.

Sunday Eucharist Sermons in Advent

Exploring Biblical truths around angels, 10.30am Eucharist preachers will preach on a theme linking to the season of Entertaining Angels.

1 December
Burning in God’s Presence

8 December
Angels Among Us

15 December
The Battle Against Us

22 December
Angels and Guidance


Altered Opening Hours for Christmas

On Christmas Day, the Cathedral will be closed after the 10.30am Eucharist (approx. 12.30pm). From Thursday 26 December to Wednesday 1 January, the Cathedral will open as usual for prayers from 8.30am, but Evening Prayer will take place at 3.30pm (at 3.00pm on Sunday 29 Dec), after which the building will close. Normal opening hours will resume on Thursday 2 January 2020. Please visit the Forthcoming Closures page for full details of services, or closures and restrictions for special events.

Special Services

January 2020

Sunday 5 January
Epiphany Eucharist  |  10.30am
Epiphany Service: Follow the Star   |  3.00pm

February

Sunday 2 February
Candlemas Eucharist  |  10.30am
Choral Evensong with Installation of Canons   |  3.00pm

The Shack

Monday 13 and 20 January 2020 | 7.30pm

Spread over two evenings, examine the emotionally-charged story which ponders the question ‘Where is God when the world is full of brokenness?’

During the first session on 13 January, you’ll watch the film (popcorn and tissues provided). At the second, on 20 January, you’ll discover some of the background to the story and its author before discussing the themes raised.

Admission is free and all are welcome. In St Martins House, next to Leicester Cathedral (7 Peacock Lane, LE1 5PZ)


Jesus: Angel, Man or Myth?

Monday 27 January  |  7.30pm

Explore your faith in this informal session with Canon Paul Rattigan

No matter where you are in your spiritual journey,  during this session you’ll be exploring the core of Christianity. Canon Paul will guide you through in a lecture style and will finish with a Q&A. Admission is free and all are welcome. In St Martins House, next to Leicester Cathedral.

Exploring the Christian Faith

During February there will be a chance to explore the Christian faith in more detail over a number of weeks on Mondays at 7.30pm. More information will be available closer to the time.

Record numbers flock to England’s cathedrals

England’s cathedrals have witnessed their highest Easter congregation numbers in recent years, while visitor numbers increased by a million on the previous year, statistics published today show.

Cathedrals reported nearly ten million visitors in 2018, an increase of over 10 per cent on the previous year. There were additionally over a million visitors to Westminster Abbey.

The major Christian festivals remain at the heart of congregational growth, with 58,000 people attending a cathedral at Easter and 95,000 during Holy Week – the highest numbers recorded for a decade, with Easter attendance up nearly 10,000 since 2008.

Meanwhile numbers at Christmas and Advent services rose five per cent on the previous year to reach 750,000 in 2018.  There were 133,000 people worshipping in cathedrals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – second only to the previous year’s record high.

Cathedrals reported a total of 37,000 people worshipping each week in the year 2018, marking an increase of around 14 per cent over the past ten years. Around one in five cathedral worshippers was under the age of 16, also an increase on the previous year.

Attendance at midweek services, including choral evensong, grew 34 per cent in the ten years to 2018, with nearly 19,000 attending each week. More people attended midweek services than on Sunday for only the second time since records began.

Music in Cathedrals continues to flourish with 2,000 full-time choristers and 1,800 voluntary choir members.

Cathedrals also welcomed the highest ever number of children and young people for educational events. In 2018, 340,000 young people from nursery through to 18+ attended events at cathedrals and at Westminster abbey.

Third Estates Commissioner, Dr Eve Poole, who leads the Church of England’s Cathedrals Support Group, said: “We are proud that our cathedrals are a precious resource not only for the church but for the nation as well.

“We know from countless anecdotes that many who visit as tourists encounter something deeper, and cathedrals have been imaginative in creating more opportunities for people from all walks of life to cross their thresholds.

“The story behind these encouraging figures is of cherished buildings led by armies of dedicated staff and volunteers, who each year tell afresh in words, worship, music and light, the stories enshrined in these stones, which are the stories of our nation too.”

Cathedrals continued to play a key civic role, with Remembrance services drawing in additional numbers for the centenary of the First World War Armistice.

In Spring 2018 over 196,000 people visited Hereford for Cathedral to see Poppies: Weeping Window, an exhibition by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper featuring poppies previously seen at the Tower of London. Dean of Hereford, Michael Tavinor, described the event as being of great significance.

“The reactions of the many thousands, young and old, were as varied as the locations they travelled from, but a common experience seems to be one of remembrance, thanksgiving, regret and beauty,” he said.

Elsewhere, Peterborough Cathedral welcomed over 170,000 visitors in the space of three months following the arrival of Tim Peake’s Soyuz space capsule. Dean of Peterborough, Chris Dalliston, said the Soyuz spacecraft had “not only attracted large numbers of visitors, but also prompted questions about the relationship between science and faith and humanity’s place in the universe.”

Norwich Cathedral witnessed an increase of 65 per cent in Easter and Holy Week worshippers between 2014-18, with nearly 4,500 worshippers attending last year. Dean of Norwich, Jane Hedges, welcomed the trend, saying: “We are delighted that an increasing number of people are celebrating with us the heart of the Christian faith: that Christ is risen!

“Many different factors draw people to the Cathedral, including our engagement with the wider community and activities and events throughout the year, and above all, the quality of worship that we are able to offer.“

Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, which also saw a rise during the same period (56 per cent) cites an annual Lent art installation as helping people to engage in the life of the Cathedral on London’s South-bank, contributing to more than 2,500 attending for Easter and Holy Week worship in 2018.

“We have been striving for openness and inclusion to all the communities in London as well as excellence in liturgy, worship and music,” he said.

“Christmas celebrations have an understandable cross community appeal, but there is something about Holy Week and Easter that appeals to those who are more committed as Christians.”

Another cathedral noticing significant Easter and Holy Week increased was Leicester, where a 136 per cent increase was recorded over the four year period, with nearly 4,000 attending during the Holy Week and Easter period in 2018.

Dean of Leicester, David Monteith, said there had been no single factor behind the increase, but that the cathedral had improved publicity, developed hospitality, invested in music and built relationships across the city and county.

“We are increasingly trusted to offer worship which is inspirational and inclusive; it is both ‘classic cathedral’ yet imaginative and challenging,” he said.

“We draw from the riches of our faith directing us to God and yet we address the lived experience of our people today.”

Other cathedrals have run events specifically to draw in the local community, including a special community evensong event at Southwell Minster, and a ‘Freshers Fair’ event in Wells Cathedral, where visitors found out about local volunteer organisations; groups and activities. A local film company created a soundscape for the event to imagine what the city of Wells might be like in the future.

Dean of Wells, Dr John Davies, said the event had inspired various other initiatives, including an abseil which raised over £60,000 for charity.

“’The event, Wake up Wells, was a wonderful example of Cathedral and Community overlapping and cooperating,” said the Dean.

“I had more letters of thanks afterwards than after any other event.  People felt a real sense of welcome and belonging.”

Many cathedrals participated in the Church of England’s Advent and Christmas campaign promoted by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, #FollowTheStar, which saw nearly 2,000 attending special Lumiere events at Durham and Canterbury Cathedrals. The campaign, which runs again in 2019, encourages more people to attend churches and cathedrals at Christmas time, finding local services and events on achurchnearyou.com.

Next year, 2020, will see new pilgrimage routes opened-up as part of Year of Pilgrimage, a project in collaboration between the British Pilgrimage Trust and the Association of English Cathedrals. The initiative will ensure there is a one-day pilgrimage route for every Church of England Cathedral, in addition to a group of six new trails in the north east.

Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield and Chair of the Association of English Cathedrals, described the latest statistics at pleasing, but warned against complacency:

“We continue to try and find ways that offer spiritual nurture and hospitality to people who have never had much contact with the Church or with organised religion,” he said.

“There is a place for a creative interpretation of big events and anniversaries – whether that’s the Armistice, Easter, Advent or the Moon Landing – and by opening up our great sacred spaces for such encounters, it opens up opportunities for new conversations and new dialogues; it welcomes, it challenges, it engages our communities and allows us to reach new audiences and that says something about cathedrals being a place for all, and a place for fresh encounter.


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