Prayer for the Day – Cathedral time

Good morning. They started building Durham Cathedral in 1093. They were still finishing it, some 150 years later. But that was lightning-quick compared to Cologne Cathedral, which took over 600 years to build. And 133 years in, they’re still building Gaudi’s cathedral in Barcelona. He wasn’t worried about that, though – he said his client was in no hurry. To…

Prayer for the Day – Reading Cathedrals

Good morning It’s funny to think that it wasn’t until the 1550s that services in cathedrals were held in English. Many cathedrals have Saxon foundations, so they’ll have used Latin for longer than English. So what on earth did the people attending services make of it all, given that many of them would have had no understanding of what was…

Prayer for the Day – Cathedrals backstage

Good morning. It’s amazing what can be found backstage in a cathedral. At St Paul’s in London, you might stumble upon the Great Model, a quarter-size version of the entire cathedral, made to show what Wren’s designs really looked like in case he died. At Wells you can creep behind the West Front, to find a series of holes that…

Prayer for the Day – Stonemasons in Gloucester

Good morning. Here’s a story for you. I once met a man cutting blocks of stone. He was taking a break, so I stopped to chat. “What are you doing”, I asked? “Cutting stones for my master. I get paid every week, and get breaks and holidays, so I can’t complain.” Then I met a second man, even busier than…

Prayer for the Day – Peterborough in Space

Good morning. If you’re visiting Peterborough Cathedral this term, you can quite literally travel into space in their virtual reality machine. You can also see Tim Peake’s spacesuit, his spacecraft, and the enormous parachute that returned him to earth. It’s an incredibly creative juxtaposition, space in the space of a cathedral. But it’s not the first time that religion and…

Prayer for the Day Scripts

Prayer for the Day Scripts – as recorded by CEP on 30 viii 18 Good morning. In a couple of week’s time, Manchester will host the first ever National Cathedrals’ Conference, where we’ll celebrate what cathedrals mean to the nation. Visitors to Rochester Cathedral can admire the Textus Roffensis, an old book made of vellum. It’s the earliest surviving Anglo-Saxon…

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is interviewed and filmed at Lambeth Palace, London, by Creative Media students from The Manchester College

The Manchester College students film the Archbishop of Canterbury for a prestigious cathedral conference

Film and TV students at The Manchester College used their industry standard creative and technical skills when they filmed an interview with the leader of the Church of England. Archbishop Justin Welby is the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and the most senior bishop in the Church of England. Through links with Manchester Cathedral, The Manchester College students were invited to…

Sandy Nairne guest speaker

Sandy Nairne guest speaker

Sandy Nairne is a writer and curator based in London. From 2002-15 he was Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, where he oversaw the considerable expansion of its exhibition programmes, the increase in its annual level of visitors to 2 million, the extension of its learning and digital work, and a number of very notable acquisitions. He has worked…

The Very Revd Stephen Lake

The Very Revd Stephen Lake guest speaker

Stephen came to Gloucester from St Albans Cathedral in 2011. He is married to carol with three children. Stephen is a Church Commissioner and a member of both the National Safeguarding Steering Group and the IICSA Steering Group. In Gloucester, Stephen has led a successful five year vision and strategy called ‘In Tune with heaven and in touch with daily…

Bishop David Walker

Bishop David Walker guest speaker

The Right Revd David Walker has held the position of Bishop of Manchester since 2013.  Prior to that he was Bishop of Dudley from 2000, following 17 years in assorted parish ministries and industrial chaplaincy in the Diocese of Sheffield. David is Chair of the Advisory Council on the Relations of Bishops and Religious Communities (ACRBRC) – the body which…