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Cathedrals signal solidarity with Ukraine

24 February 2023

St Albans Cathedral, last March

St Albans Cathedral, last March

CHURCHES and cathedrals around the country are marking the first anniversary of the start of the war in Ukraine with prayers, vigils, exhibitions, and displays of solidarity.

Cathedrals — among them Durham, Peterborough, Rochester, and St Albans — are reverting to the yellow and blue floodlighting used in the early days of the war.

Services of prayer will be widespread today and over the weekend. York Minster will hold a short vigil at noon today; St Edmundsbury Cathedral’s will be at 5.30 p.m., Derby and Bradford Cathedrals’ at 6 p.m., and Coventry Cathedral’s at 6.30 p.m.

St Davids Cathedral is holding a prayer pilgrimage at 10.30 a.m., and Peterborough Cathedral has “Prayers and Borscht” at noon. Special cathedral services are planned on Sunday in Carlisle, Wells, and Worcester.

There are photography exhibitions in Bristol, Peterborough, and Sheffield, and Rochester Cathedral is hosting a Ukrainian cultural evening under the Peace Doves installation by Peter Walker. Ely has an exhibition of paintings by Stephen Tromans, “Golgotha 2022”, and last night Sheffield was due to host a first performance of a new choral work, Dona Nobis Pacem, by Paulina Waclawik. The same evening, Winchester Cathedral had a talk by Luke Harding, The Guardian’s Ukraine correspondent.

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