Sunday, 7 October 2007

Feast of the Dedication: Mass

Every year the Cathedral celebrates the feast of its dedication. On this day we recall how the church was dedicated to God's service in 1859; in a sense, it is a chance to renew that dedication. It is a celebration for the parish, of course, but also for the whole diocese. This year the Bishop is away, so Fr Stephen, as Cathedral Dean, filled the gap. The Cathedral was close to capacity, with guests including the Deputy Mayor of Lancaster.

Fr John Wilson, Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation in the Diocese of Leeds, preached at the Mass. He spoke of how within the church we should never be slow to ask God for more: more faith, more love. 148 years of dedicated service is celebrated today, but there is much more - and, God willing, many more years of service to come.