St Albans Cathedral reopened its doors to the public yesterday (June 15) for the first time since lockdown.
Individuals are now welcome to use the space to sit, reflect and light candles, however, services in person and organised activities are yet to resume.
St Albans’ Reverend, Canon Kevin Walton, said: “The closure of the cathedral has left a big gap. When someone is going through a hard time they often turn to the church for support, which has been tricky as the building has been closed.
“However, we have not been completely shut off during the last few months. We have tried to continue the life of the cathedral with online streaming which thousands have logged into. We have also been responding to prayer requests and adapted to online teachings through Zoom.”
A special live stream of the Alban Pilgrimage Eucharist service led by the Bishop of St Albans will take place on Sunday, June 21 at 10am on YouTube.
This will feature parish Priest, broadcaster and former Communard The Rev’d Richard Coles, St Albans MP Daisy Cooper, and churches from around the world with links to Alban.
The Abbey hopes that activities will resume in July, depending on government announcements and social distancing guidelines.
Visitors can expect an increase in external tours, guides on the cathedral floor and new activities for children and families.
The giant 12ft puppets from the yearly procession will remain on display in the cathedral for visitors to see.
To find out more about what’s on at St Albans Cathedral visit stalbanscathedral.org/