Winchester Cathedral lights up as it reopens to visitors
Winchester Cathedral marked its reopening to visitors and restarting of public services last week, in a sparkling candlelit ceremony led by the Dean of Winchester, before turning on the Christmas lights.
Choristers sang around the Christmas tree as the lights were switched on, which not only included the giant tree, but this year, a new community lantern installation that changes colour with the lights projected onto it, and four more Christmas trees across the cathedral.
The Cathedral has also illuminated the outside of the ancient building and its grounds, adding a glow of festive cheer for any passers-by.
The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester said:
“Although we could not hold a public event for switching on the lights, to ensure everyone’s health and safety, we still wanted to illuminate the cathedral and grounds.
“We hope to bring comfort and joy to as many people as possible, whether that is enjoying the festive lights and Christmas trees, visiting the virtual Christmas Market, joining a service in person or online, or coming in to see the beautiful lantern installation.”
The installation is the result of a community art project where people were invited to make and send in paper lanterns with their own decoration and message inside. Hundreds of lanterns were sent in before being curated by Revd Gill Sakakini, Artist-Priest:
“It has been heart-warming project to be part of. We’ve received letters from those who took comfort in creating the lanterns in remembering someone dear to them, as well as those who simply had fun crafting the lanterns with their families.
“I hope that seeing all the lanterns together, suspended in the nave and beautifully lit, will bring festive cheer to many.”
The Cathedral is open from 10am – 4pm each day.