Carlisle Cathedral Welcome Service for Ukraine

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CARLISLE CATHEDRAL is hosting a number of events to show support for those caught up in the war in Ukraine.

Although the church has started the season of Lent, traditions are broken to highlight the suffering of the Ukrainian people. On Thursday, bells rang in solidarity as part of a nationwide call to prayer.

On Friday, a vase of blue and yellow flowers, with the archbishops’ prayer for peace, was placed next to the prayer candles. And on Sunday, special prayers focusing on the church and those affected by the conflict, including an Eastern Orthodox song led by youth and the choir, will be offered during the 10:30 a.m. service.

SUPPORT: The cathedral placed the vase next to the prayer candles

Canon Michael Manley, who will be preaching at the service, said: “Although we don’t normally ring the bells during Lent or display flowers, and although these are small things compared to the suffering experienced, we hope they provide a reminder to pray for those attending, and a sign of support for those in Ukraine who see it on social media.

“All are welcome to come support on Sunday, participate online via our Facebook page or call in and light a candle.

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