Birmingham Cathedral congregation were delighted to welcome Archbishop Justin Welby to preach at the 11am service on Sunday 22nd February. Archbishop Justin preached to a full Cathedral, and his inspirational words gave a moment for pause and reflection on the first Sunday of Lent.
Dean of Birmingham, The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle said of the visit; ‘This was an inspirational experience for the Cathedral congregation. The Archbishop’s sermon encouraged us to be confident about our faith in Christ and the vital role that our faith plays in the life of our communities and nation. He placed our vocation into a global context and reminded us that we are part of a family of 85 million Anglicans. We all warmed to the Archbishop’s humility and humour and his visit will be a highlight of our tercentenary year.’
The Archbishop’s visit to the mother church of the Diocese during our 300th anniversary year was a real blessing, and we look forward to many of our parishes and deaneries following in his footsteps as they make pilgrimages throughout the year to the Cathedral. Edward Pitt said of the service: “As a member of the congregation at last Sunday's service at Birmingham Cathedral, it was an absolute pleasure to witness the choir in fine voice and to have the opportunity to listen to a very thought-provoking and inspiring sermon from the Archbishop. The mood in the Cathedral following his visit was heart-warming.”
For more information on the services and special events to celebrate the Cathedral’s Tercentenary please visit our web site at www.birminghamCathedral.com
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