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At 12:00 today (Thursday 03 March 2022), Wakefield Cathedral will join with cathedrals and churches from across Europe in the ringing of bells as a show of solidarity for the people of Ukraine.
Bells will ring from midday for seven-minutes, one minute for each day since Russia first invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022.
The ring has been organised by The European Association of Cathedral Builders, Munster Builders and Builders’ Works, with churches joining in from Norway to Malta and from Spain to Ukraine, highlighting how these great buildings ‘do not wish to remain silent about the war in Ukraine.’
The Very Revd Simon Cowling, Dean of Wakefield said: “We pray for the people of Ukraine and for all those who have the power to bring about a resolution to a conflict that is a reflection of human fallibility and weakness.
“We come together with cathedrals, minsters and churches across Europe in this audible expression of witness against this terrible act of aggression.
“We also pray for the coming of God’s kingdom of righteousness and peace which begins as the smallest of seeds, but which will grow into the largest of trees in which there is shelter, safety and protection for all.”
As well as the ringing of the bells, Wakefield Cathedral has set up a prayer station inside the cathedral, providing a place for anyone to pray, light a candle or take a moment for reflection.
The Cathedral Kitchen (located on the North side of the cathedral) has begun a cash collection to support the British Red Cross ‘Ukraine Appeal’, accepting cash donations and asking customers if they would like to round up their final bill, with the extra funds raised going to this worthy cause.
Dean Simon continued: “We stand in the heart of the city of Wakefield and open our doors to all who wish to pay us a visit.
“Whether you would like to take a quiet moment for prayer, make a cash donation to the fine work of the British Red Cross or simply need a safe space for reflection and support – Wakefield Cathedral is here for you.”
To find out more about the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal please visit https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-crisis-appeal.
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