We can’t be ourselves without thinking about our bodies. Age, health, illness, race, sexuality and spirituality all shape how we think about our bodies and the meanings we assign them. The cult of perfect bodies exercises power on our imagination as the body beautiful is exalted in our culture. This impacts positively and negatively and it affects both men and women, boys and girls.
We will focus on this theme from Ash Wednesday (14 Feb) to Ascension Day (10 May). In Lent and Easter the church retells how a broken body on the Cross becomes a hopeful sign of blessing when transformed by God. Christians have often connected their own physical suffering with the suffering of Jesus. St Thomas sees in the wounds of Jesus how all things might have meaning and be transformed. Christians now take bread and break it, take wine and pour it and through that affirm that we are part of the body of Christ which is both broken yet blessed.
We hope that by exploring more of our physical reality in the light of faith, we will discover not only vulnerability but blessing which is rich because it very often is borne through finite weakness.
The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester
Below you will find details of services and events throughout the season.
More information on the Iain McKillop Exhibition can be found here. Details on this year’s Lent Course: Broken, can be found here. For more information on the Museum of the Moon Exhibition, click here.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Cathedral Office via 0116 261 5357 or by email.
Thursday 10 May
17.30 Ascension Day Eucharist
Preacher: The Dean
Below you can see a short video of reflection on the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ using the Bodies Broken and Blessed Exhibition currently shown in the Cathedral.
Below you can see the Lent and Easter Booklet (use the panel to navigate the pages).