A message from the Very Revd Jerry Lepine, Dean of Bradford

Dear Friends,

Over the past week the nation has begun to adjust to the guidance that we are being given in order to combat the coronavirus. These are unprecedented times. My inbox has overflowed with emails interpreting the guidance and we are moving very quickly towards a new and strange normal. 

On Wednesday I attended a small virtual (internet) gathering for Evening Prayer. The New Testament reading from Hebrews 2:18 was:

Because he himself (Jesus) was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those whoare being tested. 

And we are being tested in many ways: fear and anxiety, economic insecurity, isolation, relational distance and physical and emotional health. On the frontline, medical staff are being tested as well. Pray for them constantly and their families.

In his wonderful little book ‘Striking Out’ – about walking the Camino to Santiago de Compestella - Bishop Stephen Cottrell comments that:

God is never somewhere else. If you think God can only be found in a particular place, you will miss God in the here and now. Even God’s darkness is the shadow  cast by God’s light.

And so it is that God is able to help those who are being tested. 


Come, O Spirit of God,
and make within us your dwelling place and home.
May our darkness be dispelled by your light,
and our troubles calmed by your peace;
may all evil be redeemed by your love,
all pain transformed through the suffering of Christ,
and all dying glorified in his risen life.



With prayers and best wishes
Dean Jerry, from Cathedral Close


Sundays at 10:15am

We had so many encouraging comments about last Sunday’s service. Nearly five hundred people have now clicked on that link. That is five times the number that we usually get.

Every time I phone someone they ask about this Sunday! So, here is the current situation. We are not allowed to use the cathedral at the moment for these services. Neither can people from different households be in the same space. So we are pre-recording different people based in the homes and the service will go out at 10:15am on Sunday. So, do tune in again. 


Sunday 29th March watch back


Morning and Evening Prayer

We are saying these online from our homes at 9am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday. We have experimented with a handful of people and we are getting the hang of it.

If you would like to join us please email Canon Paul ( and he will add you to the list. You will need a device to see / hear and another with the Church of England Daily Prayer app. Alternatively, you can just listen in. 


Caring for each other

If you would like prayer please email us at or leave a message on the phone – 01274 777720.

If you would like to be in touch with the clergy please call 01274 777720 and leave a message or email us. Our contacts are on the website.


Bishop Nick's Blog

A daily blog is being posted – do read Bishop Nick. Here is a quote…

So, the question remains: does our confidence – our faith – lie in a set of personally positive circumstances or some equation for securing a future? Or does it lie in a conviction that transcends the immediate good or ill that being human necessarily brings us? In Christian terms, does my faith lie in a formula … or in the person of the God who takes a longer view and, as we will re-live at Easter, defies death itself?


Volunteering Opportunities

Bradford District is a place where the people band together. We help each other in times of need, we are a close knit and supportive community. Now especially is a time when people can get through this tough time together. Bradford Council are encouraging people to join their growing band of brilliant volunteers, helping and supporting everyone across our district so that people can get through tough times together.


While we are staying home and staying safe, people can still make a difference. If you are in need of urgent help or support, please call 01274 431000.


Click here to find out more.


Being a good neighbour

People Can have created a helpsheet all about being a good neighbour. Click here to download.



A prayer for today


Latest event and service updates

The Church of England has issued a new statement as of 13:45 on Tuesday 17th March.

Please note that all events and services are currently cancelled until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • All choral evensongs, Wednesday and Sunday services
  • Wednesday@One Organ Recitals
  • Groups including the Toddlers' Group, Carers' Crafts and Stitching@Bradford Cathedral
  • April's Faith Trail
  • Places of Welcome
  • The second and third sessions of the Lent Course
  • Hope on the Edge
  • Friends AGM (Sunday 29 March, 2pm) and the trip to Durham Cathedral (Wednesday 3 June)
  • Parcevall Hall weekend (20th - 21st June)

Additionally, the following events have been postponed and we'll be confirming new dates as soon as we are able.

  • Singing Day with Prof. Paul Mealor
  • Civic Service

All events and services should now be cancelled or postponed on all our websites and sister sites, but if you do spot anything that doesn't look right please contact us.



Facebook support group

We have set up a support group on Facebook to help our community, as a place to offer support, ask for advice and to ask for prayers at Bradford Cathedral.


Lent Book Discussion

As Lent groups across the Diocese are no longer able to meet, the online forum is the perfect place to chat about this year's Lent book "Saying Yes to Life". Simply sign up to the Diocesan Learning Platform here, and register your interest for the group here


Phone Calls

From Friday 20th March when you call the cathedral you will automatically come through to our answer phone. We will be back in touch with you as soon as possible if you leave a message.


Things to do whilst at home

You can:


For further information

For the latest advice please visit the following sources:


Coronavirus prayer

For a text version please visit the Church of England website.

Coronavirus Prayer.