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Worship is one of the core activities of the Church, and is the reason that the Collegiate Church (now Manchester Cathedral) was first granted a Charter by King Henry V in 1421. Worship continues to be a focus of our time and resources, for we are all called to give of our very best in worship.
As a Cathedral Church, we fulfil a number of different liturgical roles. First we prepare and sustain our regular Cathedral services, day by day, week by week and season by season. The Cathedral also has a diocesan role, being the place where the Bishop’s chair (the cathedra) is situated, and the ‘mother’ church of the diocese.
It is also the Civic Church for Manchester, and hosts a number of distinctive services, such as the annual Lieutenancy Service; the Civic Service for the new Lord Mayor; the annual Judges’ Service in the Autumn, for people working in the Justice system; and services attended by the crew of HMS Manchester on a visit to the city.
The Chapel of the Manchester Regiment – now the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment – is situated in the north east corner of the Cathedral (and has a very striking window, amongst other things). The Cathedral, therefore, is host to the Regiment’s annual Armistice Day Service, the fortnightly Turning of the Leaves (of the Books of Remembrance) and other services related to the Regiment.
In a sense, the Cathedral crosses boundaries, and it is ‘owned’ by a wide cross-section of the population. It is much in demand, therefore, for all sorts of other services at which there is likely to be a large congregation, or services of high local or national significance.
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