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A Newly Restored Shrine of St Richard For Chichester Cathedral (posted 28 Nov 2011)

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A Newly Restored Shrine of St Richard for Chichester Cathedral...

Picture: The Shrine of St Richard
The Shrine of St Richard

On Advent Sunday (27th November) Chichester Cathedral's newly restored Shrine of St Richard was dedicated by the Bishop of Chichester.

St Richard was Bishop of Chichester from 1245 - 1253.  In his eight years as a bishop, Richard had become so beloved of the people of Sussex that the Cathedral became an important place of pilgrimage. 

Nowadays, the Shrine is a focus of prayer in the Cathedral where visitors can come and leave their prayers and petitions.  It is not unusual for over 200 prayers to be left here each week.  Everyday, these prayers are collected by the Cathedral Clergy and offered to God at a Holy Communion service.

The refurbishment of the Shrine has been made possible thanks to the generosity of many friends and colleagues of the late Bishop Eric Kemp (Bishop of Chichester from 1974 - 2001) who died on 28th November 2009.  Bishop Eric often said he wished the Shrine could be restored and made more worthy of Sussex's own Saint: St Richard.

More information about the refurbishment can be found in an article written by the Cathedral's Surveyor of the Fabric, Colin Kerr, and in the Dean's Homily, given on 27th November.  To read both these items please click here.

To read the press release about this project please click here

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