The life of the Benedictine monks who founded this Cathedral was dominated by an unceasing round of private and communal prayer.
You might like to join one of the prayer groups that meet regularly. A contemplative prayer group meets in St Catherine's Chapel 6.15 pm -6.45 pm every other Monday, and every Tuesday lunchtime there is half an hour's silent Christian meditation in St Catherine's Chapel. This chapel, which is near the South door, is always open and is reserved for private prayer.
People often find it difficult to put their prayers into words. Sometimes it can help to express your prayers by lighting a candle, reminding you of the light and love of God. There are two areas in the Cathedral where you can light candles:
- in the North aisle of the Cathedral where you will find the Peace Globe, and
- behind the Bishop's Throne in the Ambulatory before the icon (or holy picture).
You can also leave requests for prayers and thanksgivings. These requests are offered, either aloud or silently, at Holy Communion the day after they are received. They are also used in the private intercessions of those who share the ministry here.
Should you wish to speak to anyone about prayer, do contact our Canon Pastor who will be happy to help.
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
Representatives from parishes are invited to one of the services on or near the day on which the parish is remembered in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer. If you intend to be present at Cathedral Evensong, please let us know so that we can greet you publicly. At weekday Evensong (normally 5.30 pm, but please check the calendar for that day) clergy and readers are also welcome to robe and read a lesson; please contact us in advance so we can settle the arrangements with you.