Planet – Politics – Peace

The season from September to November is titled ‘Planet – Politics – Peace’ and covers a variety of events connected to the liturgical year and other themes. Over this period of time various events and services explore the question of how faith and action hang together and influence each other.

We begin by celebrating Creationtide, an ecumenical and international initiative from 1 September to 4 October. We reflect on God’s gifts in creation and the challenges arising from the dominium terrae, that God has given human beings ‘dominion over the works of your hands and put all things under their feet’ (Psalm 8). The season concludes on the day Francis of Assisi is commemorated. Francis, patron saint of ecology and the environment, is remembered for his advocacy of poverty and simplicity, as well as his love of all God’s creatures.

Being entrusted with the care of God’s creation is anything but political in times of environmental crises like plastic pollution and climate change. Historic occasions like the centenary of suffrage and the Armistice at the end of World War 1 pose their own focal points within the bigger question of how God wants us to exercise our care for his creation and how God calls us to live in a complex and unfinished world.

The Reverend Canon Dr Johannes Arens, Canon Precentor

Services and Events


Tuesday 16 October

19.30   Young Farmers’ Harvest Service
All welcome.

Thursday 25 October

18.30   Guild of St Martin Dinner
Tickets for £85/70 available from the Cathedral Office. Guest Speaker: Professor Michael Wood; compère: Monica Winfield.

Friday 26 October

18.30   Cathedral Community Dinner
Tickets for £10 available from the Cathedral Office.

Monday 29 October

13.00   Poetry Workshop with Dr Mary Ann Lund
Exploring the link between poetry and the First World War. Free entry, all welcome.

18.30   That They May Have Life: The First World War and the Founding of the University of Leicester
All are welcome to a lecture given by Elizabeth Blood on how WWI led to the creation and founding of Leicester’s first University.

Tuesday 30 October

18.30   Home and Away
All are welcome to a talk hosted by the St Philips Centre, asking the question ‘how do we live well when we see the world differently’.

Saturday 3 November

13.30   SoundCafé Remembers
All are welcome to a SoundCafé sing-a-long of war-time songs to mark the Armistice Centenary.

19.00   Music and Light: A Concert of Indian Classical Music
Tickets for £10 (concessions £8) are available from Eventbrite.

Sunday 4 November

15.00   Choral Evensong with the Installation of the Archdeacon of Leicester
Installation of Richard Worsfold. All welcome.

Monday 5 November

13.00   Lunchtime Concert: Samuel Ali, Organ
From the Royal College of Music. Free admission, all welcome.

17.30   Requiem Eucharist
All are welcome to a special Eucharist for All Souls’ Day. The Cathedral Choir will sing Fauré’s Requiem.

Saturday 10 November

09.00   Diocesan Lay Congress
Please note that the Cathedral will be closed to the public until 16.00.

Sunday 11 November

16.00   Service to Commemorate the end of the First World War
All welcome.

Monday 12 November

13.00   Lunchtime Concert: Stoneygate School
Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo by Joseph Horovitz. Free admission, all welcome.

Tuesday 13 November

18.30   Interactive Session on Diwali
Run by the St Philips Centre. All welcome.

Monday 19 November

13.00   Lunchtime Concert: Esther Arens (Soprano), Mike Dewis (Baritone) and David Cowen (Piano)
Excerpts from the Italian Songbook by Hugo Wolf. Free admission, all welcome.

Thursday 22 November

12.30   Buy a Lunch, Give a Lunch
In aid of Cathedral outreach and The Bridge. Tickets available from the Cathedral Office.

Sermons on the Theme

The combining thread throughout this season is the question of faith and action. How does my faith (or vision, values) influence my actions? To this end, Sunday Eucharist guest preachers will preach on a theme linking to ‘Planet – Politics – Peace’ as below.

There But Not There

9 October – 13 November 2018

All of us are used to war memorials, but during this period of time a number of transparent silhouettes will take up seats in Leicester Cathedral, representing some of the fallen of the First World War. This is part of an exhibition on the impact of the war on the community of the former parish of St Martin’s (now Leicester Cathedral) which is exemplary for other communities in the wider country.

Extensive research by local historian Elizabeth Amias has been done on biographical information for those who lived here, those who went to war, those who died, those who returned alive and all of those who had to live with what this has done to us. All are welcome to the opening of the exhibition with an introductory talk by Elizabeth Amias on 9 October, 6.30pm (see page 4).

For more information on the silhouettes, please visit

Below you can see the seasonal booklet – pick one up in the Cathedral now!

Planet – Politics – Peace Booklet 2018