11 January 2021
You might think that yet another communication about the cathedral is too much of a good thing, but this is an important message. Although public worship is still permitted under the latest pandemic regulations, the Director of Public Health in Wakefield has written to all faith leaders in the District with a request for us to consider voluntary closure of our buildings for public worship. This request is made in the light of the dangers posed by the new variant of the Covid-19 virus with its increased transmissibility. I am very keen for the cathedral to be seen to be acting responsibly and in partnership with the health authorities, so we have taken the decision to close the cathedral for public worship from tomorrow, Tuesday 12 January. The cathedral nave will continue to be open for private prayer from 11.00 - 14.00.Read More
6 January 2021
England has entered its third lockdown in nine months. The medical, emotional, mental and economic effects of Covid-19 become ever more severe and the cold weather matches the sombre national mood. Even given the good news about the development and implementation of vaccine programmes, any kind of normality seems a distant prospect.
In the light of all this it is a great blessing that our cathedrals and churches are being allowed to stay open both for public worship and private prayer over the coming weeks. While I strongly encourage everyone to adhere to government advice about staying at home except where necessary, I am also thankful that the regulations recognise the importance of places of worship in giving people the necessary space - literal and figurative - to begin to make sense of a situation whose impact has been so brutal for so many. Be assured that the safety and well-being of all who come into Wakefield Cathedral will continue to be our absolute priority.Read More