This weekend marks the Patronal Festival of Bradford Cathedral, which will include the 10:30am Sunday morning service and a very special Festival Evensong, and on Saturday our ‘Messy St. Peter’s’ event. But was is a Patronal Festival?
The Patron Saint of Bradford Cathedral is St Peter, one of Jesus’ twelve Apostles. It is usual for churches to be dedicated to a particular saint, and this gives a personal representation of the wider heavenly community with which the earthly church feels joined.
Our physical cathedral has many reminders of the patronage of St Peter, and especially the symbol of Peter: “the keys”. This symbolism comes from the words of Jesus to Peter in St Matthew’s Gospel (16:19): And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Some Christians regard Peter, therefore, as the first Apostle because Jesus specifically entrusts the keys of his new kingdom to him before his death.Canon Philip Gray, Assistant Canon Precentor
Messy St. Peter’s
On Saturday at 10:30am we are holding a ‘Messy St. Peter’ event. Come and find out more about St Peter as we celebrate with food, crafts, singing, storytelling and laughter. The event is free, but booking is helpful and children don’t forget to bring your adults. You can book your free place on ChurchSuite.
Girls’ Choir 30th Anniversary Festal Evensong
There will also be a special ’30th Anniversary Festal Evensong’ held at 3:30pm to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Cathedral Girls’ Choir. All former choristers are warmly welcome to join us to sing evensong.
There’s still time to book your place – and this can be done via our website.