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Maori ceremonies to welcome new bishop

New Zealand Maori ceremonies will play an important part in a vibrant service of welcome and licensing for the new Area Bishop of Ripon, Dr Helen-Ann Hartley on February 4. Maori chants, songs, speeches and ceremonial actions including the touching of foreheads and noses will open the service at 3.30pm as Bishop Helen-Ann, who was Anglican bishop of Waitato, is ceremonially brought into the cathedral by representatives of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand …
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Distinctive café church. Your cup of inspiration.

Distinctive is an informal meeting of thirty to forty fellow travellers trying to figure out together what it means to be a Christian in North Yorkshire in the 21st century. Jesus says, “The tree is known by its fruit.” So how can we make sure our fruit is distinctive? We meet in the cathedral at 5.30pm for an hour one Sunday a month over tea or coffee and cakes. There is worship, prayer and interactive …
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Ripon Cathedral announces exciting events for 2018

Ripon Cathedral Development Campaign is delighted to announce another year of fundraising events to look forward to in 2018. Kindly supported by local Business Partners, CNG of Harrogate, Brewin Dolphin (Leeds), Stratstone BMW and Stratstone Mini of Harrogate. The return of the successful Spring Food Home and Garden Show on Saturday 14 April, with local head chefs cooking live in the cathedral including Past MasterChef the Professionals contestant Lee Rushforth from the Old Deanery. With …
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Canon Precentor

The Bishop of Leeds in consultation with the Dean of Ripon wishes to appoint a collaborative and motivational leader as Canon Precentor whose role it will be to oversee the music and liturgy at the Cathedral. The Canon Precentor will be a Residentiary Canon and a member of the Cathedral Chapter. Amongst their responsibilities will be the management and leadership of the music and worship departments including the arrangement and coordination of all services in the …
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A Celebration of Farming and Rural Life

Around 250 people came together at Ripon Cathedral on Sunday to celebrate farming and rural life at the annual Plough Sunday Service. Plough Sunday marks the first working day after the twelve days of Christmas. Historically, ploughs were brought into parish churches to be blessed before work began the following day on ‘Plough Monday’. In days when work was scarce in winter, the observance looked forward to the time of sowing with the promise of …
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Archealogical Survey at Ripon Cathedral

An archeological survey is currently taking place at Ripon Cathedral in connection with plans for a new building to support the work of the cathedral. The plans, part of the multi-million pound Ripon Cathedral Renewed project, would see the provision of new facilities as well as the restoration and enhancement of some of the cathedral’s remarkable heritage. The survey will assist in exploring the feasibility of building on the south side – enabling the cathedral …
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Becoming a Volunteer

  Written by Cathedral Community Connections member Anne-Marie Tarter.   January is the time for resolutions. For many that includes a new commitment to dieting and exercise, but what might God’s list of resolutions for us in 2018 include? “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.” (Mark 12;30-31) January might be a good …
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Celebrations for Two New Canons

Two new honorary canons were installed at Ripon Cathedral during the evensong service on Sunday, January 7 by the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Rev Nick Baines. Rev Guy Donegan-Cross, Vicar of St Mark’s, Harrogate, chairs the Harrogate Hub which helps those who are isolated or in need of support and helps lead the HG1000 campaign. Since its launch in 2014, the campaign has galvanised businesses, churches, schools and sports people to raise money to …
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Boxing Day Pilgrims Walk in the Footsteps of the Monks

Over a thousand people took part in the now traditional Boxing Day Pilgrimage from Ripon Cathedral to Fountains Abbey. Leading an estimated 750 walkers from the steps of the cathedral, through the city streets and out into the countryside on the four mile walk were the Dean of Ripon, the Very Revd John Dobson, and the Bishop of Huddersfield, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gibbs. Numbers swelled half-way along the walk at the entrance to the  …
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Boxing Day Pilgrimage

This Boxing Day a group of modern day pilgrims will follow in the footsteps of a band of Cistercian monks who set out from Ripon the day after Christmas in 1132 AD to found a new Cistercian monastery on the banks of the River Skell. That monastery was of course Fountains Abbey and the annual Boxing Day Pilgrimage from Ripon Cathedral to the stunning and atmospheric ruins has become a Christmas tradition for many. This …
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