Quiet Day at the Cathedral

The North wind shall blow
And we shall have snow,
And what will poor robin do then?
Poor thing.

He’ll sit in a barn,
And keep himself warm,
And hide his head under his wing,
Poor thing.

OR …..

A few intrepid souls journeyed to the Cathedral for our Diocesan Quiet Day. Defying the ‘beast from the East’ and the ‘pest from the West’ we dodged the drifts of snow and arrived safely. The extremely adverse weather conditions meant that we were few in number, but this allowed us to fit into the Lady Chapel. This was particularly apt as the theme for the day focused on the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Fr. Haydn England Simon lead us as we considered what God was asking us to do in our lives. We should listen out for the Holy Spirit and be able to say ‘yes’ as Mary did to the Angel Gabriel.

On this cold day in Lent we had the opportunity to worship together, to reflect and to walk in the footsteps of Jesus through the stations of the cross. A very moving and contemplative day.

As ever we thank the Dean and Chapter for their hospitality, Barbara Treharne and her team for manning the kettles and of course Fr Haydn for leading the day.

Father Haydn’s Prayer used at the Quiet Day
God alone can give faith
But you can give your witness
God alone can give hope
But you can give your brothers confidence
God alone can give love
But you can teach others to love
God alone can give peace
But you can bring unity
God alone can give strength
But you can sustain the discouraged one
God alone is the Way
But you can show him to others
God alone is Light
But you can enlighten him in the eyes of others
God alone is Life
But you can give others the desire to live
God alone can do the impossible
But you can make it possible
God alone is enough in himself
But he needs you!