A New Way of Serving the Community at Lichfield Cathedral

Published on: Wed, 18/03/2020 - 09:50

In these uncertain times when the world is facing a global health crisis and ever-increasing guidelines on self-isolation, how can Lichfield Cathedral offer the reassurance and support that is so sorely needed by the local community?

Latest Church of England guidelines call for churches to put public worship on hold but remain open for prayer, presenting an opportunity to re-imagine church and explore new ways of providing support and community spirit.

The Very Rev’d Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield said: “The current crisis is going to be a testing time for all of us. It’s sad that at a time when we need friendship and companionship the virus forces us to keep our distance and lead more separate lives. Here at the Cathedral, despite the restrictions on public worship for the foreseeable future, we will be opening every afternoon from 14.00-16.00 for private prayer. The clergy and staff will be able to maintain the rhythm of morning and evening prayer when prayers for our world, nation and those most affected by the virus can be offered. Although these services won’t be open to the public they will be at the heart of our concern.

He added: “We are exploring new ways of reaching out to our congregations and visitors and offering, with others, the practical care and support many will need. Crises like the current one can bring out all sorts of ingenuity and talent; we pray that in these difficult times we’ll discover new resources of humanity and togetherness.”

Lichfield Cathedral, along with many churches, will be joining in prayer this coming Sunday (Mothering Sunday, 22 March), asking everyone to place a lighted candle in their window at 19.00 as a sign of solidarity and hope.

With over 1300 years of history, Lichfield Cathedral has in its lifetime endured sieges, wars, plagues and storms. Our ancient buildings are testament to the fact that storms, no matter how trying, last but for a season and there is reassurance in that stability. Keep up to date on Lichfield Cathedral’s website and social media.