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On Tuesday 10 March, we will be holding a special Rededication and Thanksgiving event to celebrate the completion of the Lady Chapel and the Herkenrode Glass. 

For this reason, the Cathedral will be closed to the public throughout the day until 15.00.  Access for vehicles will also be restricted until 15.00

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

We’re delighted to announce that our hugely popular Tower Tours are back, with a difference! 

What’s a Tower Tour?
Our Tower Tours offer a thrilling experience for all the family as well as unparalleled views of the city of Lichfield and beyond. 

As you climb the medieval staircase of the great central tower of the Cathedral, you will be guided through the magnificent architecture of the historical building. Half way up the tower, you’ll be given the opportunity to explore our interactive Tower Education Zone. 

Read more: Dates announced for 2015 Tower Tours!

Bishop Jonathan, 66, formally announced his retirement at a meeting of the College of Canons at Lichfield Cathedral this afternoon. He will leave office in September 2015.

In a video message, Bishop Jonathan said: “Forty years of ministry seem a good stint to Jane and me.”

“It is with great mixed feelings that I make this announcement. But Jane and I know that, much as we will find it difficult to leave your love and prayers, it would not be right to continue much longer.”

Read more: The Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill announces his retirement as Bishop of Lichfield

We’re getting ready to launch this year’s new and exciting library tours! The Cathedral Library, not usually accessible to the public, is hidden away at the top of a spiral staircase, and houses an incredible selection of historic literary treasures. 

‘The Mirror of the Age Tour’ explores books and manuscripts which mirror the time in which they were written, spanning the 13th to the 18th century. 

Amongst the incredible selection of items showcased on this tour, visitors can see a 13th century Canon Law manuscript, a Geneva Bible from the time of the Reformation, a manuscript containing signatures of Charles I, and an 18th century book on the history and antiquities of Staffordshire. 

Read more: ‘The Mirror of the Age’ – New 2015 Library Tours!

This is the statement that we have given to the Sun (on Friday) and other media outlets (on Monday): 

'Lichfield Diocese pays all its staff the living wage. Lichfield Cathedral is moving towards paying all employees the living wage by 2017. The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, said: "It is an important process. We believe in the living wage. Cathedral administrative staff already receive the living wage, and I recognise a next step is to make sustainable progress in catering, where the jobs featured in the Sun are advertised."'

This is the statement from the Church of England national media team:

https://www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/news/2015/02/statement-on-living-wage.aspx

Grand celebration events are set to begin here at the Cathedral to mark the completion of a 5-year, £3.7m project to renovate and restore the East End of the building – the Cathedral’s Lady Chapel.  A major part of this work has been the removal, conservation and re-installation of the famous Herkenrode Glass. 

A special service will be held in the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester on Tuesday 10 March, 2015. This will serve to re-dedicate the Lady Chapel as well as to celebrate the return of its beautiful painted glass.  HRH visited the Cathedral when the project began, taking time to climb the scaffolding and view the work in progress; he has shown a continuing interest in the project.  

Read more: A Royal Visit for Lichfield Cathedral

Passion is touring UK Cathedrals this year, and we're first on the list of visits!

Passion Workshop

Saturday 21 March | 14.00 - 18.00

Claire Henderson Davis will return for a Passion Workshop, giving participants a taste of this artistic practice, and a chance to enter this contemporary vision of human flourishing for themselves.

Find out more about the Passion Tour here.

The workshop is free to attend, however tickets are limited. If you would like to come along please collect tickets from the Cathedral Shop at No.9 or call 01543 306100.

The Art of Interpretation of Scripture

Canon Dr Anthony Moore

A six week course of lectures exploring the different ways that the Bible can be read and how the resulting interpretations shape faith, practice and prejudice. The sessions will begin with the Eucharist at 12.30 at the High Altar, a Lenten poverty lunch (soup, cheese and roll), followed by the lecture and discussion in the Nave at about 13.30. Donations towards the cost of the lunch (approximately £3) and to enable us to contribute to Christian Aid will be gratefully received.

Read more: Lent Lectures - How do we read the Bible?

Join us for Lent and Easter at Lichfield Cathedral.

Lent Lectures
A six week course of lectures exploring the different ways that the Bible can be read and how the resulting interpretations shape faith, practice and prejudice. Lectures will begin on Thursday 19 February and take place each Thursday in Lent* until 26 March. Read more here.
*Please note that the fifth lecture in the series will be on Tuesday 17 March.


Stations of the Cross | 16 February – 20 April
Each Lent, Lichfield Cathedral hosts an exhibition based on the story of Jesus Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. This year we are pleased to welcome the Stations of the Cross by Rob Floyd. The collection of emotional and thought-provoking paintings tells the story of Jesus’s journey along the Via Dolorosa (the way of sorrow) to the place of his crucifixion. Read more here

Read more: Come and be with us for Lent and Easter 2015

Each Lent, Lichfield Cathedral hosts an exhibition based on the story of Jesus Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. This year we are pleased to welcome the Stations of the Cross by Rob Floyd. The collection of emotional and thought-provoking paintings tells the story of Jesus’s journey along the Via Dolorosa (the way of sorrow) to the place of his crucifixion.

The exhibition was created over a two year period and consists of the fourteen traditional stations and five further meditations around the subject. The paintings include ‘Christ Accepts The Cross’, ‘The Women of Jerusalem’ and ‘The Crucifixion’.

Read more: ‘Stations of the Cross’ – An Exhibition by Rob Floyd

We’ve got everything you could possibly need to treat your Mum this Mothering Sunday!

Gift Ideas for Mothering Sunday at Lichfield Cathedral Shop

Visit the Lichfield Cathedral Shop to pick up a beautiful gift for your Mum this Mothering Sunday.Browse the fabulous range of silver-plated gift items from Arthur Price, which includes an elegant pair of tea light holders with diamanté rim, an interlocking heart trinket box, and contemporary candle holder. 

Don’t forget to pick up a card, also available in the shop!

Read more: Gift Ideas & Afternoon Tea for Mothering Sunday

Approximately 80 million Easter Eggs are sold each year in this part of the world. Our Cathedral Shop is currently selling the Meaningful Chocolate Company’s ‘Real Easter Egg’, which is the only egg which comes complete with a copy of the Easter story. It’s also Fairtrade and charitable. 

For each egg sold, a donation will go towards helping to improve the lives of farmers in Bangladesh and Kenya. For many farmers, it’s impossible to make enough from their land to provide their families with food, healthcare and education. Traidcraft Exchange can work with these farmers to grow more, earn more and eat more. 

Read more: The Real Easter Egg

Visit our Cathedral Shop and view our fantastic range of books for Lent and Easter, as well as our Easter cards!

‘Reflections for Lent’ £4.99
Covering Monday to Saturday each week, this book offers reflections on readings from the Common Worship Lectionary, written by some of today’s leading spiritual and theological writers. Especially useful is that it also includes a simple form of morning and night prayer and a guide to keeping a good Lent.

Read more: Reflective Reading for Lent

Update: Thursday 5 February 2015

The scaffolding has been removed, and we can now enjoy the beauty of the restored Herkenrode Glass. There's still some cleaning up to be done, but we're sure you'll agree that the East End looks simply stunning.

 

Read more: Update: The Herkenrode Glass Returns to the Lady Chapel

"Every moment of light and dark is a miracle" - Walt Whitman

Celebrate a special occasion or remember a loved one by lighting up the historic and iconic Lichfield Cathedral. 

We can floodlight the building for you at a cost of £36 for one hour or £50 for two hours. 

Sheila from Lichfield lit up the Cathedral to celebrate what would have been her father’s 80th birthday: “It was an incredibly moving and fitting tribute.”

Read more: Light up the Cathedral


We're pleased to say we have now launched our stunning new Guide Book!

The book features beautiful images to tell the story of the Cathedral and The Close, which have been at the heart of English history for centuries.

Read more: Lichfield Cathedral Guide Book Launch

More than 60 local children had a taste of life as a chorister recently when they attended a free choral experience event hosted by Lichfield Cathedral School and Lichfield Cathedral.  

Boys and girls aged 6-13 travelled from across the region to take part in the day which involved vocal training alongside the boy and girl choristers, singing workshops in the School’s Chapel and culminated with the group accompanying the Cathedral Choir during Evensong. 

Read more: Successful singing workshop at Lichfield Cathedral

Saturday 31 January | 19.30

Cathedral Organist, Martyn Rawles will perform work by French composer Olivier Messiaen, one of the most prominent composers of the twentieth century. 

La Nativité du Seigneur is a cycle of nine organ pieces, each a mediation on an aspect of the Nativity. It will be played in a candlelit quire for the eve of Candlemas, the final festival in the Church's 40-day celebration of Christmas. 

Entry is free. Donations are welcome. 

 

Friday 6 February | 19.30

Join the Friends of Lichfield Cathedral for their 2015 Candlemas Supper on Friday 6 February! 

Guests will be treated to a drink on arrival, a three course meal and coffee, as well as the chance to dine in the magnificent setting of the Cathedral Nave. 

Read more: Friends’ Candlemas Supper 2015

Deepen your discipleship – become a Pilgrim!

The Dean is leading another pilgrimage this autumn.  

The itinerary is:

Departure London Luton with El Al – three nights by the Sea of Galilee visiting Nazareth, Mt Arbel, Sepphoris and Capernaum; then through Samaria to visit Nablus; thence via Ramallah for two nights in Bethlehem.

Read more: Cathedral Pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine

It’s been a great year for Lichfield Cathedral Chorus! They’ve had two fantastic concerts here at the Cathedral, with a third still to come. Not only that, they've now released their first Christmas CD!

For just £10, you can enjoy carols sung by children, organ solos and the Salvation Army Cannock Citadel Band. 

Read more: The Promise of Ages – Christmas Carols CD

MusicShare began in 2003. The idea behind MusicShare was to take the skills of Cathedral Musicians and the children of the Cathedral Choir out into schools in the Diocese to deliver vocal workshops that culminate in large joint concerts held in the Cathedral.  Excitingly, the Cathedral is currently taking delivery of some beautiful and historic stained glass windows (known as the Herkenrode Glass), which have been absent for over four years due to restoration works.  

Read more: Lichfield Cathedral MusicShare goes on Roadshow!

On Saturday 22 November, a group of our Girl Choristers gave up their Saturday afternoon to sing for some of the patients at the Darwin Ward at Samuel Johnson Hospital.

After this they sang at the Christmas Fayre held at Tippers in aid of St Giles Hospice.  The girls sang traditional carols completely unaccompanied – even giving a rendition of Silent Night in German at the request of a patient! They'd never sung it in that language before, but as luck would have it they had the German words with them. Phew!  

We were absolutely thrilled to have local Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Award winners join us for Evensong on Saturday 22 November (very fitting as it is was St Cecilia’s Day, who is the Patron Saint of Music).

Seven candidates from St Peter’s Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton, St Margaret’s Church in Betley and St Andrew’s Church in Shifnal, received their Dean’s Awards having passed their recent examinations.  

Well done to them all!

We enjoyed another successful 3D Forum event here at the Cathedral last week! Over 100 students from schools and sixth forms across Staffordshire joined us to discuss and debate the issues surrounding the true costs of war. 

The discussions were led by several members of the Mercian Regiment, who were excellent in challenging perspectives and in drawing out perceptive insights from the students involved.  

Read more: Successful 3D Forum for Schools

First Lines  - a book that brings our local lads home and celebrates them.

First Lines, a book by Lichfield author Joss Musgrove Knibb is a celebration of the words, deeds and lives of four Staffordshire Regiment men who served in the trenches of WW1.

In 1915, Alfred Bull went to war. Alf, just eighteen and a half years old at the time, would go on to be involved in some of the most iconic battles of WW1. Alf was born and lived his whole life at number 27 Dam Street, Lichfield. 

Read more: First Lines now available at the Cathedral Shop


Work has begun on the re-installation of the famous Herkenrode Glass.

The preparatory work is underway in order to protect the interior of the Lady Chapel before scaffolding is erected and the glass is re-installed in November.  

Read more: Work begins on the re-installation of the Herkenrode Glass

Back by popular demand, another three-day (Tuesday-Thursday) retreat has been arranged at Shallowford House from 9-11 June 2015. The cost will be £130 per person.

There is space for 25-38 people depending on your willingness to share rooms. Booking forms are available at the back of the Church or from the Dean's PA. Please contact Bernice as soon as possible: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / 01543 306250.

 

Lichfield Cathedral Library, home to an incredible collection of literature, history, theology and more.

The Library, built in 1249, boasts over 6,000 books and manuscripts and is a hidden gem of the Cathedral, tucked away at the top of a spiral staircase above the Chapter House. 

Visitors are welcome to join us in taking a step back in time to explore the historic books and be one of few to uncover the secrets of the library.

Read more: Uncover the hidden secrets and treasures of the Lichfield Cathedral Library

The Lichfield Cathedral Shop has introduced a new Fairtrade Cathedral Chocolate Bar to its range of existing ethical products. 

Since Lichfield was announced as a Fairtrade City in 2008, the Cathedral Shop has worked hard to develop their extensive range of ethical products. The Shop stocks many locally sourced and fairly traded products, including honey, candles, mugs, and toiletries. The Fairtrade chocolate will be the second Fairtrade product in- store, joining the Lichfield Cathedral Coffee.

Read more: Lichfield Cathedral Shop supports Fairtrade City

Lichfield Cathedral has been named as Charity of the Year for local dealership, Tempest Ford

The team at Tempest Ford have offered their support for the East End Appeal, which is now in its final phase with just £60,000 left to raise. The appeal will see the re-installation of the Herkenrode Glass in spring 2015, a project costing an estimated £3.7million. The stone work restoration is now complete with the conservation of the 16th century windows from the Lady Chapel now well underway. 

Read more: Lichfield Cathedral named as Tempest Ford Charity of the Year

We're delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Jason Dyer as the new Commercial Development Director here at Lichfield Cathedral. 

Jason is currently the Development Director and most recently the acting CEO of Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott in Roxburghshire in the Scottish Borders. He joins the Cathedral with a great deal of experience having worked as Development Director for Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln, and as Principal Fundraising Manager for national medical and environmental charities.

Read more: Lichfield Cathedral appoints new Commercial Development Director

In the spirit of all things centenary, we've gathered a selection of World War One titles available across the Cathedral Shop and the Shop at No.9 The Close. 

 

What Tommy Took To War 1914 – 1918
Peter Doyle & Chris Foster
£6.99
A poignant look at fifty objects that Tommy would have had in his kit. A touching picture of the ordinary soldier’s experience of the First World War.

Read more: WW1 reading with the Cathedral Shop

Greetings from our sister cathedral in Schwerin!

This letter from Bishop Gothart Magaard was presented to the Very Rev'd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, on Sunday 3 August. The presentation was made by Pastor Albrecht Martins from Schwerin Cathedral during the 10.30 Eucharist.

You can view the letter here.

The Cathedral held one of its most successful exhibitions this year, Holy Writ. An inspirational collection of contemporary calligraphic art from the Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions, Holy Writ proved to be very popular with visitors from all over the country. 

Some of the finest calligraphers and lettering artists provided their work for the exhibition which saw over 20,000 visitors to the Cathedral with some people travelling from Lancashire, Kent and East Anglia. Over 2,000 children visited the exhibition as part of ‘Open Door’ and ‘Log on to God.’

Holy Writ included sculptures, woodcarvings, digital animations, textile art and two-dimensional work by the likes of Ewan Clayton, Peter Halliday, Mary Noble and Jila Peacock. 

Read more: Holy Writ Success at Lichfield Cathedral

The Lichfield Cathedral Volunteers have been awarded a certificate of thanks by Councillor David Smith, Chairman of Lichfield District Council. 

They have been recognised for their commitment and contribution to the Cathedral, and we’d like to say an enormous thank you to each and every one who generously donates their time to helping the Cathedral run smoothly. 

Read more: A big thank you to Lichfield Cathedral Volunteers

Join the Friends of Lichfield Cathedral on their Tour of Northern France in 2014.

It is several years since the Friends have travelled to Europe and as 2014 is a significant year in Britain’s history a tour to Normandy has been arranged.

Everyone is most welcome to join this wonderful tour which departs on Monday 8 September and returns Saturday 13 September.

For additional information please download the attached detailed tour itinerary, or to confirm your booking please read the document attached on how to book.

Read more: Friends of Lichfield Cathedral-Tour of Northern France 2014

We're pleased to be supporting Lichfield Foodbank!

Lichfield Foodbank helps local people in crisis by collecting food items from the public. This includes items such as fruit juice, cereals, rice, soup and tinned vegetables, which are then sorted by volunteers. 

People in crisis are given a voucher which can be exchanged for three days’ supply of nutritionally balanced food. Foodbank volunteers will sit and chat with those in need, and often signpost them to agencies who can offer them further help and support. 

Read more: We're supporting Lichfield Foodbank

We're celebrating here at the Cathedral!

We're thrilled to announce that we've received a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

The prestigious award signifies that the Cathedral has consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travellers. 

Almost four hundred visitors have left glowing reviews on TripAdvisor, including “One of England’s finest”, “the unknown gem of England’s Midlands” and “a magnificent example of stunning architecture.” 

Read more: Lichfield Cathedral receives Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, congratulates Revd Canon Dr Anthony Moore on becoming Vice-Dean and Canon for Liturgy and Formation, and explains the new Canon for Pastoral Development and Mission role currently advertised."I'd like to congratulate Anthony Moore on his new appointment.""Anthony has proven himself as a very capable, loyal and inventive colleague."Listen to the Dean's welcome here:

We are thrilled to announce that following the recent grouping research exercise, displays of the Staffordshire Hoard have returned to each of the Mercian Trail locations.

At Lichfield Cathedral we are delighted to have received an enhanced display of bolder and more exciting pieces.  

So please hurry along to the Cathedral and be one of the first to see our wonderful new collection-you are sure to receive a very warm welcome.

 

Jason Horton, founder of Haughton-Greene hand-makes every one of the beauty products in his natural collection and he has an inspirational story to tell. It began in 2011 when he adopted two beautiful children who unfortunately were suffering from chronic eczema. He tried everything to help their skin condition, buying every ‘natural’ product on the market. He soon found most products are only 95% natural, which meant the other 5% additives were still upsetting his children’s skin.

So he set to work sourcing, boiling and testing all manner of creations on himself, until he found the perfect mix and his children’s irritations cleared up fast. 

The business was born. 

He now produces packages and sells the most amazing 100% natural skin care products including a delicious range of balms, bath bombs, body butters, salts and candles in four divine flavours.

Read more: Haughton Greene now available at the Cathedral Shop

Volunteer Welcomers - can you offer a warm and friendly welcome to our visitors...

Volunteer Tower Tour Leaders - do you have a head for heights... 

floodlightingRemember a loved one or celebrate a special day by lighting up Lichfield Cathedral.

For more information on floodlighting or to make a booking, please contact the Vergers on 01543 306165 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lighting up Lichfield Cathedral costs just £25 per hour, which includes VAT and a special listing of your floodlighting booking displayed in the cathedral.

The Diocesan Digest is the monthly sound magazine of Lichfield Cathedral and has been created to provide news and information to those who are blind or visually impaired.

If you would like to hear a short introduction to the Diocesan Digest service please click here

Alternatively if you know someone who is registered visually impaired, and who you think might benefit from receiving the Digest, please click here to download the Diocesan Digest leaflet.

This will help you find out more about the Diocesan Digest and details the various ways you can access your copy. 

Read more: Diocesan Digest