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The ancient rhythm of prayer will go on unaltered

by Michael Ford last modified 19 Mar, 2020 07:33 PM

Salisbury Cathedral has suspended public worship, but some things remain unchanging.

The ancient rhythm of prayer will go on unaltered

Original photo by Ash Mills

The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd Nicholas Papadopulos suspended all public worship at the Salisbury Cathedral in line with guidance from the government and Church of England.

Dean Nicholas said:

"The ancient rhythm of prayer will go on unaltered at the Cathedral, but we are reluctantly suspending public worship. It is at the heart of all that we do here, however these are extraordinary times and our focus must now be on keeping our community, visitors, staff and volunteers safe. We will endeavour to reach out in other ways, sharing worship online and allowing visitors to enjoy this wonderful building on the internet for the time being, rather than in person."

All concerts and events have also been suspended for the time being, but the Cathedral remains open for prayer and reflection. Visitors and those who wish to engage in private prayer can access the building between 8.30am to 4.30pm on weekdays and Saturday, and 11.30 to 4pm on Sundays.

Anyone visiting is advised to keep to the recommended 'social distance' of 2 metres.

The Chapter House and Magna Carta exhibition are closed but a near perfect facsimile of the Cathedral’s 1215 Magna Carta is on display in South Transept.

Anyone seeking further information on funerals and weddings should .

The art exhibition, Celebrating 800 years of Spirit and Endeavour, is now in place and will remain so until the end of the year, with discussions underway to extend it into 2021. The Cathedral is hoping to make elements of its story and experience available online along with the peregrines, who are currently preparing to nest on the South Tower balcony and can be viewed via the Tower webcam.

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