Celebrating St Edmund...
On Friday 20 November, St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds will mark St Edmund’s Day online.
Throughout the day videos and information about St Edmund will be shared on the Cathedral’s social media channels. These include a children’s craft activity to make a crown and arrows decoration, two pilgrimage trails which you can download and walk during the day and a recipe for St Edmund’s buns. Full information can be found on the Cathedral’s website https://stedscathedral.org/events/st-edmunds-day
‘We have had to re-imagine our celebrations this year to mark St Edmund’s Day,’ comments Sarah Friswell, PR, Visits and Volunteer Manager at the Cathedral. ‘But we hope that people can still have some fun, baking, making and finding out more about why it is important to remember St Edmund.’
In addition, the Cathedral has been adorned by artwork from local school children. Tollgate Primary School pupils have made a giant banner of St Edmund and children from Moulton CEVA School have been working with clay, creating images of St Edmund inspired by the sculpture on the roundabout in Bury St Edmunds. Centre stage is the crown and arrows display, over the Nave altar, which was made by visitors during October half term.
‘We are delighted that the story of St Edmund has captured the imagination of local children,’ continues Sarah Friswell. ‘Even though the Cathedral is only open for prayers at the moment, we can share this beautiful artwork as a backdrop to our online services.’ The Cathedral has also been running a competition with entrants making models of St Edmund from LEGO bricks. Results will be announced on Friday 20 November.
The day will culminate with a special service of Vespers at 5.30 pm. This is a service similar to what would have taken place in the Abbey of St Edmund and includes a performance of Vêpres du commun by Marcel Dupré sung by the Cathedral Lay Clerks and accompanied by Dan Soper, Choir Organ, and William Saunders, Grand Organ. The service will be livestreamed via the Cathedral’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stedscathedral