Cathedral at Night at Lichfield Cathedral

Published on: Thu, 12/05/2022 - 14:04

Lichfield Cathedral at Night

Cathedrals at Night: new nationwide campaign invites visitors to see historic and sacred space of Lichfield Cathedral in a new light.

Lichfield Cathedral will open after hours to welcome in visitors for free, part of the first coordinated nationwide Cathedrals at Night campaign in the UK.

This year, Lichfield Cathedral is joining other participating Church of England cathedrals and its partners to offer people a Cathedrals at Night experience where visitors of all ages can immerse themselves in the culture and spirituality of this beautiful building and enjoy a taste of cathedral life for free. 

Lichfield Cathedral will open its doors on May 13 at 19:30 ending in compline at 21:40. During the evening visitors will be able to walk a meditative route around the ancient Cathedral at their own pace, experiencing a softly candle-lit space with ambient, contemplative music and opportunity to appreciate the spirituality of the place. There will be dedicated spaces for personal reflection and prayer, guided meditation and a place for offering concerns and thanksgiving. The evening is an informal, drop-in style, event and all are welcome.

The campaign, postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic, has been co-ordinated by the Association of English Cathedrals (AEC) and is the first nationwide project that brings together Church of England cathedrals, Westminster Abbey, Cathedral Isle of Man, and St Davids and St Asaph from the Church in Wales, around a single, simple campaign.

It has been inspired by the European campaign, Les Nuits des Cathedrales which was first launched in 2008 and sees participating European cathedrals open their doors after hours for free on the second Saturday in May.

It is hoped Cathedrals At Night will become a regular date in the diary for English Cathedrals and their partners beyond 2022.

The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, the Dean of Lichfield and chair of the AEC, said: “This simple campaign is a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate our cathedrals and their rich spiritual heritage in new and exciting ways.

“Cathedrals At Night represents a new, coordinated approach to cathedral outreach and visitor engagement which we hope will shine a light on cathedrals nationally and help our visitors make new memories.

“It’s an opportunity for our cathedrals, especially after the last two years, to individually and together, broaden their mission and heritage engagement and build lasting relationships,’ he added.

See www.lichfield-cathedral.org for more information and latest news from Lichfield Cathedral.