5,000 worshippers flock to cathedral
RECORD numbers of worshippers poured into Peterborough Cathedral during the Christmas festivities, a leading cleric has revealed.
Mild winter weather, the recession and the fact that Christmas fell on a weekend seem to have been the key reasons for the unexpected large size of Yuletide congregations.
The Very Reverend Charles Taylor, the Dean of Peterborough Cathdral, said: “This is a significant rise in figures.
“In the 24 hours from Christmas Eve afternoon to Christmas Day afternoon we shared our Christmas services with more than 5,000 people.
“This is a significant rise from last year and reflects a trend of growth that has been continuing for some time and is also reflected in many churches and cathedrals across the land.
“This is despite many media claiming the opposite and that congregation numbers are falling.
He added: “I am particularly heartened that so many people across our city and community feel welcome to come and worship here at the cathedral.”
He said the services which attracted a high number of worshippers included the Christmas carol service and the Midnight mass.
He said: “There are many reasons for the rise. One is the weather - it wasn’t snowing this year.
“Christmas fell at the weekend and people are more likely to come out to services at weekend.
“It is also a time of recession and in times of hardship people do tend to look inwards and towards aspects of their lives that matter the most, which tend not to be materialistic aspects and more about family.”
BIG NUMBERS: The Very Reverend Charles Taylor, the Dean of Peterborough Cathedral