Cathedral Reopening Postponed

Leicester Cathedral stays shut but continues to pray for our community now facing further lock-down. 

Our plans to re-open the Cathedral for private prayer from Wednesday 1 July now must be put on hold until further notice. We are very sad to see the Cathedral doors remain shut since many have told us they need a sense of sanctuary and peace in uncertain times. Our priority remains the well-being of the city and county.

We remain committed to serving our precious and diverse city. We know with God’s strength, pulling together and supporting one another like we always do will in the longer term build a stronger community in this our special home.

David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, said ‘We were all looking forward to the sense of careful opening-up and we share the disappointment of many not least our local business community. It is the 75th anniversary of the NHS on Sunday. We pray for  those who have COVID-19, our NHS and front line care staff across our University of Leicester Hospitals as we all work together in hope’.

The Bishop of Leicester, The Rt Revd Martyn Snow, has asked for prayer for Leicester, naming the suffering a further lockdown is causing, as well as asking for strength for our local NHS and wisdom for leaders.

Thanks to the hard work of staff and volunteers in preparing for the original date of reopening, we are prepared to open our doors once more when the local lockdown is lifted. We will do so as soon as we are able. Do watch this space for further details.

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