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.
I find these words from St Paul’s Letter to the Philippians helpful, and hope you will too: Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4.6-8)
Please pray for the staff and clergy of the cathedral, as we will pray for you.