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Two Norwich cathedrals open for public worship 

The Deans of Norwich’s two cathedrals have welcomed the resumption of public worship after nearly three months and, along with a number of city churches, will be throwing open their doors to the public this weekend.

The Dean of Norwich Anglican Cathedral, the Very Rev Jane Hedges, said: “We are delighted to be able to open Norwich Cathedral’s doors once more for public worship and are looking forward to welcoming people to our daily services from this Sunday. It is also wonderful news that from this weekend the Cathedral can once again be open for general visitors. Great care has been taken to ensure everyone’s safety, and full details about the measures being put in place are available on the Cathedral website.”
 
Public worship will resume on Sunday July 5 when services will take place at the following times: 7.30am Morning Prayer, 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Eucharist and 3.30pm Evening Prayer.
 
This Sunday, the Cathedral will also pay tribute to the 72nd anniversary of the NHS which was founded on July 5 1948. Dean Jane said: “We want to pay a special tribute to the country’s doctors, nurses and healthcare workers for all their hard work, dedication and compassion, especially during this most challenging of times. After Evening Prayer on Sunday, one of the Cathedral’s bells will be rung 72 times, once for every year of the NHS. The Cathedral’s bells will also ring at 5pm as we join the whole country in a nationwide clap to thank the NHS.”
 
From Sunday July 5, general visitors and tourists can visit the Cathedral when public worship is not taking place. Opening times for general visitors will be Sunday 1pm-3pm, Monday to Friday 10am-4pm, and Saturday 10am-3pm.
 
For all the latest information about Norwich Cathedral, visit: www.cathedral.org.uk
 
The Dean of St John the Baptist Catholic Cathedral in Norwich, Canon David Paul, has welcomed the return to collective worship and public Mass from this weekend and said we should thank God for it.
 
“This has been an awful time for many people in our country - when we think of all of the people who have died and their families. But we also remember the heroic work in the hospitals which we thank God for.
 
“But this is still serious and we need to take great care, but let’s always put our trust in God and the Lord will always look after His Church and care for us. These signs of opening up and being able to celebrate Mass are wonderful gifts to us, so I would urge people to thank God for us and to look forward to that time when we can be back together again properly,” said Canon Paul.
 
Details of Mass at St John’s: www.sjbcathedral.org.uk/mass-times-services/
 
Christ Church, Eaton, says it aims to deliver a slow, steady and safe return to services in its much-loved building.
 
According to Churchwarden Vivien Humber: “We propose to offer evening prayer in church with recorded choral music on Sunday July 5 at 6.30pm. Social distancing is essential.  The following Sunday we are proposing to offer Holy Communion in one kind (a wafer) with social distancing at 8am on July 12. The PCC will then review the situation before making any decision about subsequent Sunday worship services. Meanwhile we will continue to offer a well-attended 10am service on Zoom, as we have been doing since lockdown in March.”
 
The Christian Fellowship Norwich, which meets at the New Hope Christian Centre on Martineau Lane will be re-opening for public worship on Sunday July 5, after conducting a successful car-park service last week.
www.newhopechristiancentre.co.uk
 
Pictured above is public worship at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich.
 

Keith Morris, 03/07/2020

Keith Morris

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