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The choir stalls at Ripon Cathedral

Cathedral lights up the night.

On Tuesday the 2nd February Ripon Cathedral will be lit up with 5,000 candles all to celebrate Candlemas. This ancient festival has been celebrated at Ripon for centuries. A visitor to the Cathedral in 1790 declared that the whole building was “one continued blaze of light all afternoon” Dean John says “Many of you will know that here at Ripon Cathedral the Candlemas Sung Eucharist has long been established as one of the most spectacular …
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The Big Lunch 2016

Thank you to all who came to attend the talk about the “The Big Lunch” last night. Peter Stewart from the Big Lunch gave a talk about how successful it has been at bringing communities together to get to know each other. This year it is hoped more people will have a big lunch to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. If you couldn’t join us please check out the website ‘Big Lunch’.
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Ripon Cathedral Celebrates the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

  There will be a Service on Sunday 12th June 2016 in Ripon Cathedral to celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday. To celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday the Lord Lieutenant is organising a celebration on Sunday 12th June in Ripon Cathedral. The event is expected to be attended by 1,000 invited guests and the Lieutenancy is hoping to invite some very special people who reside within the Lieutenancy area which includes York, North …
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Plough Sunday Service 10th January 2016

The observance of Plough Sunday on the First Sunday of Epiphany goes back to Victorian times, but behind it there is a much older observance, associated with the first working day after the twelve days of Christmas, hence ‘Plough Monday’ in some places. In days when work was scarce in winter, the observance looked forward to the time of sowing with the promise of a harvest to come. Although the nature of farming has changed …
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Ripon Cathedral Choir

BBC Christmas Broadcast from Ripon Cathedral

At 9 o’clock on Christmas morning, you will be able to switch on BBC Radio 4 and hear the joyous news of Christ’s birth, brought to you from Ripon Cathedral. The Christmas morning service was recorded in the Cathedral’s nave just five days before Christmas and will air to an audience of millions across the world.  The Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev’d. John Dobson, who leads the service, will introduce the beautiful setting of …
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Christmas Services

There are many and varied Christmas services taking place over the festive period here at Ripon Cathedral. On Wednesday 23rd  December and Christmas Eve we will have a festival of Nine Lesson and Carols both starting at 5:30 pm, This service is so popular, we have to put it on twice. The Cathedral Choir will lead the annual celebrations of the Christmas story.  The Story of the Birth of the Christ Child will be celebrated …
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All revealed again

The project to repair the stone work is now completed. The scaffolding is down and this corner of the Cathedral is on show again. The last couple of weeks has seen a flurry of activity. The last gargoyle arrived and was winched up into place. She is a sick woman and takes her place on the wall next to the bat. New handrails arrived and have been installed at the north door, they look particularly …
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Curls and claws

If you have been past the Cathedral lately you will have noticed that a large section of scaffolding has come down leaving just the middle section behind. We are waiting for the last of the three gargoyles to arrive and go up before we can take it all down. What this has revealed is the new gargoyle on the corner in all his splendour. When you look up close you can see the curls in …
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