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There are a number of experiences in life that are dramatically life changing. For two thousand years the Church has offered prayer and ritual to mark the passages of life. They are birth, the joining together of people in love, and the grief that comes with death and loss. The Church offers prayers, ceremony, worship and pastoral care at these significant times, as well as the ups and downs in between. I hope these few explanatory explanations will help you in your planning when these life changing events come your way. The Cathedral clergy are here to guide, celebrate, support and pray for you.

Marriages

Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage. The Cathedral wants to help and support you, whatever stage you’re at with your planning.

Marriage is a gift of God through which husband and wife may grow together in the knowledge, love and service of God. It is given that, united with one another in heart, in mind and in body, they may increase in love and trust. God joins husband and wife in life-long union as the foundation of family life (in which children are born and nurtured and) in which each member of the family, in good times and in bad, may find strength, companionship and comfort, and grow to maturity in love. Marriage enriches society and strengthens community. (From the Church in Wales order for Holy Matrimony)

Are you just starting to think about your wedding?  Here is some information you may find helpful:

You have a right to be married in your local parish church. However, the Cathedral is not a parish. Different laws apply. So, talking with a Cathedral priest is important to see if marriage in the Cathedral is possible.

The law requires that at least one of those to be married should:

  • Live in the parish where the wedding is to take place, or

  • Be a regular worshipper in the parish and to have your name entered on the church electoral roll, or

  • Have a ‘qualifying connection’. A ‘qualifying connection’ as described in the Marriage (Wales) Act 2010 is that you were baptized or confirmed in the parish, that you or a parent formally lived for at least six months in the parish, that you or a parent formerly habitually attended worship in the parish for at least six months or that a parent or grandparent had been married in the parish.

So there's more to consider for your special day. The first step is to call the Cathedral on 01874 623857 and speak with one of the clergy. We are here to help steer you through to make sure your big day is special. There are some simple steps to take.

  • Speak with a member of the clergy

  • If it is possible for your to be married in the Cathedral, clergy will read your banns (these are three announcements given at services prior to the marriage. This is a legal requirement. The priest will assist you. So don’t worry).

  • Set the wedding date and arrangements after you’ve made the church arrangements. We must agree a date in the diary, arrange organist, flower, bells and the date for the rehearsal. Keep in mind that the Cathedral is a busy church, open every day of the year. So, you may need to be flexible with the date of your marriage of something else is booked that day. So, plan early.

  • Trust us to support you along the way so that your big day will be personal, meaningful and a spiritual experience for you and your family and guests.

Your marriage in church is unique and special. It's your wedding. We are committed to helping you make it personal, meaningful, spiritual, beautiful.

THE MEADOW. There is a large grass area at the rear of the Cathedral overlooking the Brecon Beacons and the historic market town. 

If you would like to discuss any aspect of your celebration please contact the Cathedral Office.  Within the Cathedral Close is the award winning Pilgrims Restaurant, Click here to find out more about catering possibilities.

Baptisms

Baptism for babies and children takes place in a service often called a Christening. In this service parents thank God for his/her gift of life, make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith, and godparents promise help and support. The Church also promises to welcome the child and to pray for the family. For your child, being baptized at a Christening marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family.

Call the Cathedral on 01874 623857 and speak with one of the clergy.

Funerals

The loss of a loved one can be a difficult time, and the Cathedral clergy are there to offer help, comfort and support.

Funeral services include the remembering of the person who has died, usually readings from the Bible, prayers (relating to the deceased person and to their family and friends), and hymns.

The Cathedral is committed to conducting Christian funeral services for anyone who asks for a service. In the funeral service we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, commending to God’s everlasting mercy, the person who has died.

We celebrate all that was good in their earthly life with dignity and order. Alongside this, we express our natural sense of grief and loss, and reminded of our own mortality.

So, the Cathedral clergy will integrate and act of worship which reflects faith, have space for prayers and reflection.

Other Ceremonies

The Cathedral can also be used for other ceremonies. Please contact the office to make an enquiry.

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