Cathedral re-opens following city centre fire

Cathedral re-opens following city centre fire

2nd November 2016 at 09.30                             

Exeter Cathedral has re-opened to the public today following the major fire in Cathedral Yard.

Members of the public seeking a quiet space for prayer and reflection are warmly welcome. The Lady Chapel at the east end of the building will be kept as a quiet space for people to sit, pray or just light a candle.

The Dean of Exeter, the Very Revd Dr Jonathan Draper, said:

“Our job is to support all the other work that is going on by asking God’s blessing on it; giving thanks to God for the skills and dedication of our emergency services; praying for those who have lost a business or a job; opening our doors for those who need to talk; being there for anyone who needs space and sanctuary. We will continue to be here for the City, praying, working with others, reaching out to those in need and offering all that we are and have in this City to God’s keeping. “

The Solemn Requiem Eucharist for All Souls’ Day will take place in the Quire. The St Peter’s Singers will lead our act of worship, using the setting of the Requiem Mass by the 20th century French organist and composer Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986).

The Cathedral Shop is now open as usual.

The Cathedral Café is due to re-open tomorrow, 3rd November 2016.

The Royal Clarence Fire: the Historical Loss & Survival

Saturday, 5 November, Barnfield Theatre, 11.30 doors open for 12.30 to 3.00 pm

Free admission, but first come, first serve.

The Royal Clarence Fire has been the most destructive fire in the recent history of Exeter.  This event is an opportunity to learn what has been lost of historical significance but also to discuss what has been miraculously saved.  Dr Todd Gray will outline the destruction of the Royal Clarence itself.  Three leading building specialists of Exeter (John Allan, Richard Parker & John Thorp) will then outline the significance of the surrounding buildings. These form an island of largely unappreciated medieval and later structures in the heart of the city. A panel discussion will follow.

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