Original photo by shamash
Chichester, West Sussex, England
Rather than a dead and dusty mausoleum as I experienced in Prague (see this), the community of faith at the Chichester Cathedral is quite active. Laywomen and laymen in long, maroon robes greet visitors daily at the door, explaining the layout of their place of worship and offering to give a tour if we so desire. Using the pamphlet for a self-guided tour, My Precious…sss and I wandered around on our own, visiting the The Sailor’s Chapel (Chapel of St. Michael) which is dedicated as a memorial to the inhabitants of Sussex who lost their lives at sea in World War II and the Arundel Tomb of the Earl and his Countess. The highlight was the Marc Chagall stained-glass window casting a rosy glow onto the stone floors of this first century cathedral. I stopped to light a candle and say a prayer for my beloveds, especially since we were here on the Eve of the Summer Solstice. Nearby, at Stonehenge, 17,000 people gathered for this celebration on the Plain of Salisbury that My Precious…sss and I visited last year (see this). Outside, the day was windy and cold, but inside this stone structure of Decorated and Perpendicular styles, a warm glow of candles and hospitality made us feel welcomed by this friendly community of believers. The Chichester Cathedral, now almost a thousand years old, has kept the faith alive.