Cathedrals are preparing to be a space where their local communities can gather to remember all those who have given their lives in past conflicts this Armistice and Remembrance Day.
Remembrance Sunday 2021 – Events and services across the country
Some of our cathedrals that are able to will be lighting up red including Lincoln, Gloucester and Hereford.
Below is Gloucester.
Cathedral Isle of Man will display the exhibition Harry Tate’s Navy throughout the month of November.
This display created by artist, Ian Coulson, is a moving exhibition created on navigation charts in their north and south aisles, and tells the stories of the men who went to war, what happened to them and the journeys their boats undertook.
Ripon Cathedral is also telling the stories of hundreds of the men and women of Ripon who fought in the two world wars and those who did not come home in their special exhibition Home and Yonder: Riponians during the Two World Wars. It includes reproductions of some of the uniforms worn by those who served, a collection of artefacts loaned by Ripon Museum Trust, and local residents. Alongside this, there is an exhibition of paintings by Durham artist Denis Harry Fox. Battle of Britain, North East England, 15th August 1940 depicts some of the region’s flying aces taking on the might of the Luftwaffe across the northern skies. There is a family friendly tour highlighting memorial plaques and some of Ripon’s stained glass windows.
Truro Cathedral is offering all its Remembrance services online as well as in person and York Minster’s programme is designed to help us engage with loveas well as the grief and pain of bereavement, and pay our respects to those who have died in past conflicts and includes the exhibition People We Love.The commission by York Mediale from creative collective KMA features five, floor mounted, high definition screens in the Nave that will each show video portraits of a York local, looking at a picture of someone they love.
The Revd Michael Smith, Canon Pastor at York Minster said:
“All of us carry in our hearts the memory of relatives, friends, colleagues and acquaintances who have died leaving us bereft. In addition to those who died as a direct result of Covid-19, others died without contact with loved ones and often without the funerals and memorial services they deserved, leaving many with unresolved grief.
“We are providing a safe place for people to grieve, to remember, to honour and to pray for all their loved ones who have died, whether they died years ago or in recent months. We hope that people will come for worship and services or simply just come to the Minster to sit, reflect, pray or to light a candle in memory of their loved ones.”
In Lichfield Cathedral, poppies will transform the interior of the cathedral in an art and sound installation by artists, Luxmuralis with poetry recorded by Oscar-winning actor, Eddie Redmayne. The artwork Poppy Fields opens this Saturday (6 Nov) and is part of the Cathedral’s Remembrance programme. Photo credit – Luxmuralis
Please check out the website of your local cathedral for their service times and events this Remembrance.
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