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Magna Carta – Lent at St Edmundsbury Cathedral...


As the nation commemorates the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta this year, St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds picks up social and political themes in its series of talks and sermons during the period of Lent.


On Sundays, starting on Sunday 22 February at the 10 am service, visiting preachers will pick up themes from the Magna Carta. Preachers include the Right Reverend John Gladwin, Former Bishop of Guildford and Chelmsford and now chair of Citizens’ Advice, and The Reverend Robin Griffiths-Jones, Master of The Temple and lecturer at King’s College, London.


Starting on Friday 27 February, talks will be held in the Quire of the Cathedral at 1.00 pm, surrounded by the coats of arms of the Magna Carta barons, beginning with a talk entitled Church and Society led by Revd Jenny Vereker. Subsequent titles include Taxation, Immigration and Democracy.


 ‘Last year there was great interest in Magna Carta’s links with Bury St Edmunds,’ comments Sarah Friswell, PR Manager at the Cathedral. ‘With a national focus this year, it is good to have the chance to be challenged by some of the ideals which Magna Carta set out to enforce.’


The season of Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday, 18 February, is traditionally used by the church as a time of preparation for Easter. All talks and services at the Cathedral are open to all and are free of charge.

Full details of all events during Lent, Holy Week and Easter are available in a leaflet or on



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