Message from the Dean - Tuesday 24 March 2020

It is with great sadness that today we will not be opening the doors of Hereford Cathedral to the public for prayer and reflection. Following on from last night’s government announcement, the Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Whilst our doors will now remain closed until further notice, our community will still continue to pray, to love and to care for the vulnerable. Andrew, Chris, Pam and I, your priests, will be continuing their daily patterns of prayer, albeit from their own homes, and we will be using our digital channels to continue sharing resources to enable prayer and worship. In this way we are confident that we can hold together as a community and keep strong and faithful.

While this decision has been made with heavy hearts, we believe that it is the right thing to do to protect our wider community. Our community – city, cathedral, county, congregation – will remain at the forefront of our prayers and minds over the coming weeks as we work towards serving and supporting you in new and different ways.

God bless you all. At this time my own words seem inadequate and I keep hearing these words from Scripture going through my mind:

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face to shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon you and give you peace.

Amen.