23rd Oct, 2020

Bishop to officially open Worcester Cathedral this morning so people can come to pray and for quiet reflection

THE BISHOP of Worcester is due to open the doors of the city’s cathedral today to welcome people who want to go there to pray.

The Right Revd Dr John Inge will attend the event at 11am this morning when the North Door will be opened to welcome those who want a quiet time for reflection back inside.

He will be welcomed and let in for the first time since lockdown by the Dean of Worcester.

The Dean and Chapter warmly welcome members of the general public to visit between 11am to 3pm daily, for prayer and reflection, including to light a candle and just stand or sit.

People can come as individuals or with members of their same household (up to six in total), and enjoy the quiet calm spirituality of being in the building.

Visitors and staff safety is paramount, with social distancing rules in place and hand sanitising stations at the entrance and exit and in key locations, and cleaning going on throughout the day.

The area for prayer and reflection will be in the Nave for the current first phase of opening.

The Very Rev Peter Atkinson, Dean of Worcester, said: “This is an important stage in the long journey towards activating the full life and work of the Cathedral.

“The Cathedral is fundamentally a place of prayer, and it is absolutely right that the first activity permitted in it after the lockdown is prayer and reflection.”

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