Bristol Cathedral in the Third National Lockdown
From the Dean
It was the 17th Century Royalist clergyman Thomas Fuller who wrote, “'the darkest hour is just before the dawn,” and we may heartily agree with his words as we face another lockdown and rising levels of infection just as vaccination against the coronavirus becomes available.
Our prayers are most importantly at this time with all those who once again will face extreme challenges in their working environments, in our hospitals, care-homes and schools, and those who find their livelihoods at risk. Please do pray in particular for the staff and children of our two Cathedral schools and for their families at this time. Pray too for our Homeless Outreach team who will be continuing to volunteer during lockdown and for those who are supporting the Homeless Night Shelter in Bristol.
During this period of lockdown, regulations permit churches and cathedrals to remain open both for public worship and private prayer and we will seek to maintain the rhythm of daily prayer on which our community life is founded. However, Chapter is mindful of the need to protect one another and our staff and so has decided that there will be some minor changes to the provision of services for the foreseeable future. The following arrangements will be in place from Tuesday 12 January (as you may be aware the Cathedral is closed this week owing to filming taking place).
Morning Prayer will be broadcast, except on Sunday, every day from 8.00am through the usual channels and I commend this to you as an opportunity to share in this daily discipline with the cathedral community.
The Cathedral will be open from Tuesday to Saturday from midday until just after 1pm for private prayer, with the Eucharist open to the public as usual at 12.30pm.
Evening Prayer will be said privately except for Choral Evensong which will take place as usual on Fridays at 5.15pm.
On Sundays there will be Eucharists at 8.00am and 10.00am for which you will need to book through Eventbrite (for the purpose of track and trace). The 10.00am service will be broadcast through the usual channels. There will be no Choral Evensong on Sundays, but we are grateful to our musicians and to the back row of the choir who will continue to enrich our Sunday Eucharist with their offerings.
Just a reminder that mixing between families outdoors is no longer permitted, so if you do attend a service please do not linger outside the Cathedral, however tempting it is to greet your friends or the clergy.
I am mindful of the many members of the congregation who remain vulnerable to the virus. Just because we are holding a service, please do not feel any sense of obligation to attend; we shall be delighted to welcome you back once you have been vaccinated! But please do keep in touch and let us know if we can pray for you.
We are continuing to make plans for Lent, Holy Week and Easter so that we can use the time ahead to grow in our faith and to direct our thoughts towards the future. Do look out for more information in the weeks ahead.
Finally may I commend to you the service for Epiphany that will be available from 6.00pm tomorrow evening. You may enjoy the worship or simply read the sermon (our sermons are available to read here), which challenges us to recognise the gifts that we are given freely by God and asks us to reflect on our own giving in response.
May God continue to bless us in his love and in one another in the year ahead.
Broadcast Worship (unchanged)
8.00am Monday - Saturday
On Site Worship
12.30pm Tuesday – Saturday
Cathedral Opening Hours for Private Prayer
12noon to 1.00pm Tuesday – Saturday
Posted on 5th January 2021