5,000 wor­ship­pers flock to cathe­dral

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & world Update -

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

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