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Reverend Caitlin: Sermon on the Blessed Virgin Mary

In our service today, we have listened to a revolutionary piece of political writing, a piece of writing so explosive that, during British rule in India, it was prohibited from being sung in church. It was banned by the military Junta of Argentina in the 1970s and by the military dictatorship of Guatemala in the 1980s. People feared it would incite rebellion and could be a danger to the state. I’m talking about the Magnificat, …
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Canon Ailsa: Blogging for St Wilfrid’s Day

St Wilfrid didn’t found the City of Ripon (it is much older than the 7th century) but he did build the first stone church here in the 600s and the citizens of modern-day Ripon still proudly celebrate him as their patron saint, processing through the city on an eclectic collection of floats, led by the brass band. The mayor waves regally from an open-topped car as ‘Wilfrid’ rides his* horse in the midst of a bunch …
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Revd Caitlin’s Blog: Being new in a cathedral is odd

Being new in a cathedral is odd. It seems almost anachronistic — because one of the most defining qualities of a Cathedral is its age and continuity. There is a feeling of stumbling awkwardly against tradition, an exhausting concentration on not standing in the wrong place, sitting in the wrong place, saying the right thing in the wrong place, saying the wrong thing in the right place. Of being almost an affront to the dignity …
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Commemoration of centenary of the wartime death of youngest submarine commander

Relatives of the youngest submarine commander in the Royal Navy in World War 1 gathered in Ripon Cathedral this week to mark the centenary of his death. Lt Ingleby Stuart Jefferson’s submarine was torpedoed by a German U-boat when it partially surfaced in the North Sea – with only its conning tower showing. Of the ship’s company of 19 men, only one, a stoker, survived. Lt Jefferson was just 24 when he died. The young …
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Summer of Sound at Ripon Cathedral

Capable of the softest, most exquisite sounds or shaking the glass in the windows, Ripon Cathedral’s organ is to be used to full effect during the Summer Organ Festival. This year, organists from across the country will be bringing a bit of joie de vivre to Ripon in a French-themed programme of music, celebrating the anniversaries of three composers: Charles-Marie Widor, Louis Vierne and Henri Mulet. The audience will have the rare opportunity to see …
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Comms Update

Hello again from comms! This week our content has had a musical theme with articles on this summer’s organ recitals and – at the request of one of the local papers – the planned work to enhance some of our bells – which apparently are not ringing with quite the accuracy that our team of ringers would like! Joe and Michelle have been helped out by our friend Tony Whiting, a very experienced journalist who …
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Ringing in the Changes at Ripon Cathedral

The bells of Ripon Cathedral have rung out across the city since at least 1354 and today – more than six centuries later, plans are afoot to ensure they are ready for a new generation of ringers. Charlie Brown, Ripon Cathedral’s Steeple Keeper, takes up the story: “The bells here have an excellent reputation. We receive applications from people all over the country who want to come to Ripon Cathedral specifically to ring a peal …
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Women in the Pulpit

A quarter of a century ago a momentous vote was taken in favour of women’s ordination to the priesthood. This Sunday Ripon Cathedral is marking the occasion from the pulpit – with a sermon from one of its newest team members – Canon Ailsa Newby. It’s part of a national initiative which hopes to see women across the UK take to the pulpit in commemoration of events 25 years ago. It will also be the …
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Nigel Allcoat, organ

Summer Organ Festival 2017

Join us for this year’s Summer Organ Festival – a series of seven recitals across Tuesday evenings in July and August showcasing performers from Ripon Cathedral and across the country.  This year, we mark a series of French anniversaries: Louis Vierne and Charles-Marie Widor, who both died 80 years ago, and Henri Mulet, in the 50th year since his death. Peter King, Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey, launches the series on 11th July with a …
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