Live Lent

This Lent, we hope both adults and children might engage in God’s plea for us to “Care for Creation”. It is an opportunity for us to rebuild our relationship with our planet, and in turn with the God who is Lord of everything. During this time, we hope you might engage in prayer, learn more about the remarkable world we have been given and build habits that last beyond the season to protect and honour the earth.

Archbishop Justin Welby & Archbishop John Sentamu


Live Lent.


Lent, Holy Week and Easter Guide

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Events and Services

The journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday is not only dramatic, full of powerful symbols and special liturgies but also a significant invitation to hear and respond to God. Sin, selfishness, struggle, listening, forgiveness, prayer, fasting, scripture, suffering, death, resurrection, hope… they are all part of this journey with and towards Jesus. This year we are offering a range of opportunities for you to make Lent and Holy Week your own pilgrimage.  Join us… on the way.

Wednesday Breakfast in Lent at 8am
Join us at the Rooftop Cafe after the 7:30am reflective Holy Communion service. 

Ash Wednesday Holy Communion Services
26th February 2020 Including the traditional ashing.  
7:30am (Breakfast at Rooftop Café afterwards), 10:15am and 7pm (Choral Eucharist) 

Art in Lent – Encounters with Jesus by Ali Thistlethwaite
Launched at the Ash Wednesday 7pm service. 

The 2020 Lent Course – Pilgrimage with Canon Andrew Tawn 
Wednesday 11th, 18th and 25 March at 7pm, with refreshments from 6:30pm and night prayer at 8:15pm - 8:30pm.

The theme of this year’s lent groups will be Pilgrimage, as 2020 is to be the Year of Pilgrimage for all cathedrals across the country.

It is a rich theme, and can be taken both literally and metaphorically. We will be looking at what makes places holy, and spiritual journeys through the Bible, through the liturgy, and through our personal lives. 

The Lent Groups this year will be led by Andrew Tawn, Director of Clergy Development and one of this cathedral’s honorary canons.

Session 1: Wednesday 11th March 
Holy Ways and Sacred Places: 

We’ll be thinking about the two main aspects of pilgrimage: the journey and the destination, both literally and symbolically. What does the experience of pilgrimage tells us about the ‘journey of life’, and our ‘faith journey’? Celtic Christianity talks about ‘thin’ places, where heaven feels much nearer than usual. In what ways do you find Bradford cathedral a sacred place? What other places are special for you and why? What is it that makes us say of certain places, ‘Truly God is in this place’?

Session 2: Wednesday 18th March 
This is His Story: This is Our Story; 

In this session we’ll be looking at the journey of the Bible from Creation to the end of time. The Bible is many things, but above all it is a story. When we read a story we go on a journey; we identify with the characters, we share their ups and downs, and if it is a great book (as the Bible undoubtedly is), then we find that we are changed by it. What are the great themes we encounter on this journey? What resonates with our own story? How does the Bible help us to make sense of our own journey through life? Where are you on your own faith journey?

Session 3; Wednesday 25th March 
‘A journey into the heart of the love of God’:

The preface to Common Worship says this: ‘Worship itself is a pilgrimage – a journey into the heart the heart of the love of God’. In this session we’ll be looking at the journey we go on during each act of worship. An ‘order of service’ is carefully structured so that each section follows on in response to the previous one, and leads us on into the next, like the movements of a symphony. Then each act of worship is part of the larger cycle of the church year which in itself re-enacts the journey of Jesus’ life and ministry. In which parts of the service, and the church year, do you feel closest to God?  

Lent Prayer Book

Prayer4Bradford Prayer Booklet.

Click here to download the Prayer4Bradford Lent Prayer Book.



Lent Books.

A range of books for Lent and Pilgrimage are now available to buy at the Bradford Cathedral shop, as well as a range of other books, gifts, cards and much more. Have you had a browse recently?



Church of England

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