Welcome to Brecon Cathedral
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The Cathedral is at the heart of a Diocese which stretches from Beguildy in the North to the beautiful Gower Peninsula in the South, including most of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the City of Swansea.
The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese and offers a ministry of worship and welcome to all who visit. Although a building of relatively modest proportions, the Cathedral is set in a walled Close, unique in Wales. The remains of the former monastic buildings today provide the administrative centre for the Diocese as well as housing for the Cathedral clergy and a Heritage Centre and Restaurant. This remarkable collection of buildings is the finest of its kind in Wales.
Usual Opening Hours: 8.30 am - 6.30 pm (often longer)
Usual weekday service times:
Holy Eucharist: Mondays at 5 pm, Tuesdays at 9 am, Wednesdays at 11 am, Thursdays at 9 am, Fridays at 12 noon and Saturdays at 9 am.
Morning Prayer: 8.30 am. Evening Prayer: 6 pm (usually sung on Thursday and Fridays)
RETIRING DEAN HELPS RAISE £40,000 FOR PALESTINIAN CHARITIES
The Dean of Brecon Cathedral, the Very Revd Geoffrey Marshall, 66, announced on Sunday that he and his wife, Hazel, are retiring to Derbyshire in June. He was just home from a brief visit to Jerusalem, where with 70 other pilgrims, he was on a sponsored walk which raised over £40,000 (plus their fares!) for three charities in Biblical cities – a rehabilitation hospital in Bethlehem, a school for the blind in Bethlehem and a boys’ orphanage in Bethany.
The Dean’s latest campaign is to raise £6,000 to buy a defibrillator for Bethany’s ambulance – the only one (and that is 13 years old) in a place of 30,000 people with no access to a hospital.
THE FRIENDS AND THOMAS COKE
The Friends of Brecon Cathedral usually have their annual meeting in June; this year it has been brought forward to Sunday 4th May – for three good reasons: the Dean’s retirement, to make it part of the Thomas Coke Commemoration weekend, and so that the Friends can enjoy the building work they will just have paid for while it still looks new. The AGM will start at 2 pm. The speaker will be Jo Hibbard, formerly Visitor Officer at Coventry Cathedral, now the Methodist Church’s Heritage Officer. It was her visit to the Cathedral two years ago to look at the memorial to Thomas Coke which led the Dean and others to plan this important interdenominational and international weekend. The afternoon will continue with Choral Evensong at 3.30 and tea in the South Transept.
The previous day, Saturday 3rd May, 200 years to the day since the death of Thomas Coke, the main event will be a service in the Cathedral at 2.30 pm; called Thomas Coke: Looking Back - Looking Forward, the lead speaker will be the Reverend the Lord Leslie Griffiths of Burry Port. On Sunday morning 4th May the 11.00 am service will be an ENFYS Eucharist at which the preacher will be Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Stained Glass: The next workshops will be on 28th February, 1st and 8th March in the Tithebarn from 10 to 4. A new exciting and unusual project is the restoration of a window of St John the Evangelist our patron found in the crypt which seems to have come out of the East window when it was replaced by the present glass in 1882. For more details phone 622672.
The Women’s World Day of Prayer: Friday 7th March at 2 pm at Kensington Baptist Church.
Building work: The builders are ahead of schedule with providing the Cathedral with its much needed kitchen, renewed toilets (including a disabled toilet for the first time) and proper disabled access – thanks to very generous grants from both the Friends and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, together with a smaller one from the Diocese. The balance of about £7,000 was promised by a number of members of the congregation at the time of our Gift Day; if you haven’t yet fulfilled your pledge (and it is not too late to make a new one!) then it is time to pay what you promised. In advance: Thank you.
Advance notice of our Lent plans: With Easter very late this year Ash Wednesday doesn’t fall until 5th March. On the following five Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 pm you will be invited to attend five different places of worship for something completely different:
12th March: A Quaker (Friends) hour at the Cobbles Café in the Struet
19th March: A Benedictine hour here in the Cathedral
26th March: A Taizé hour at the Plough Chapel (United Reformed)
2nd April: A praying walking hour from Kensington Baptist Church
9th April: Stations of the Cross at St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church
Bishops: On Mothering Sunday (30th March) at 11 am the preacher will be the Archbishop of Wales; and most of our Holy Week sermons will be preached by Bishop Richard Llewellin.
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