Contemplating the ‘Longest Night’ at the Cathedral

This year St Edmundsbury Cathedral are holding a service with a difference. Falling just after the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, the Longest Night service will be held on Saturday 22 December at 3.30 pm.

With the gentle sound of carols sung around the piano and contributions from the choir of The Bury Drop In, this will be a quiet service of refuge, comfort and hope for all facing a difficult Christmas. Sarah Geileskey, Ordinand (priest in training), at the Cathedral has been involved in organising the service and comments ‘Whilst the traditional image of the Christmas period is of a happy time, full of love and laughter, the truths at the heart of the nativity story include painful challenges arising from issues of migration, homelessness, political power and the pressure of cultural norms. These truths resonate in our world today as we deal with bereavement, divorce or separation, cope with the loss of a job, face financial problems or live with a long term illness.’

The service will be held in partnership with local organisations including Suffolk Mind, Samaritans and Bury Drop In, with further information available after the service. Everyone is welcome, people all of faiths and of none, including supporters, friends and carers who accompany others through difficult times.

 

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