Lilian Groves on Lent: a time for reading and reflection

The Maundy Thursday Eucharist Service is peculiar to Durham Cathedral. It’s the one in the year that’s a bit different from the others. But that’s perhaps why I have thoroughly enjoyed the two I have attended in Durham Cathedral, the most recent being just last year.

I typically split my Holy Week between Durham Cathedral and Holy Island, where my oldest friend is a priest. Lent is the one time a year she cannot really leave her congregation, so it makes sense for me to journey to the Island to see her, soaking up the atmosphere endemic to a village church – and especially one on Holy Island – as opposed to the much larger community of the Cathedral. Yet, last year, car trouble meant that I spent the week in Durham and attended the special Maundy Thursday Service.

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Open Treasure Spotlight: The Conyers Falchion

“My Lord Bishop, I hereby present you with the falchion wherewith the champion Conyers slew the worm, dragon or fiery serpent which destroyed man, woman and child; in memory of which the king then reigning gave him the manor of Sockburn, to hold by this tenure, that upon first entrance of every bishop into the county the falchion should be presented.”

Those are the words spoken at the bridge at Croft-on-Tees whenever a new Bishop of Durham enters the diocese for the first time.  But is there any truth to them?

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“It’s a real gift”: Margaret Devine on Lent

DSCN3696Margaret Devine, a volunteer Chaplain at Durham Cathedral, explains what Lent means to her this year:

Every year, Lent is different. For me personally, this is the first quiet, reflective Lent in many years. I made the decision last year to concentrate all my time here at the Cathedral, so I won’t be presiding at services in my parish. It’ll be nice for me to go to Cathedral service anonymously and sit amongst everyone, contributing as a participant rather than a leader.

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Opening up for Time To Talk Day with volunteer Cathedral chaplain David Grieve

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1 February is Time to Talk Day, an opportunity to encourage those struggling with mental health issues to start a conversation with those they trust about what can often be an isolating state of mind. We talked with David Grieve, a volunteer chaplain at Durham Cathedral who has experienced the depths of depression himself.

David has recently published a book of poetry, ‘Hope in Dark Places’, about confronting mental health issues as a Christian. We spoke to him about his experiences of taking the first steps and opening up about mental health in his role as a volunteer chaplain at Durham Cathedral.

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