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Season of Remembrance: A day to remember those who have died this year
Mon, November 2 @ 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Monday 2 November is All Soul’s Day in the Christian calendar and this year the Minster will mark the date with a special day to remember those who have died in 2020.
We will be closed for sightseeing but open with free entry to welcome people into the cathedral who have been recently bereaved so they can remember their loved ones.
The grief of bereavement has, this year, been amplified by the impact of the pandemic, with many people prevented from being with their loved one in their last hours and then having to navigate restrictions on funerals and memorial services.
A space will be created inside the Minster for people to sit quietly, to reflect, to pray and to light a candle for their dead.
Entry is free but visitors are asked to book a ticket for a timed entry slot to ensure safe social distancing inside the cathedral.
The annual Requiem Eucharist for All Souls Day, at which we always remember loved ones who have died, will take place at 5.30pm. At this service we will light a special candle for all who have died so far during the pandemic. This candle will burn at our major services over Advent and Christmas as a symbol of all those who have died this year and are being missed as we travel through Advent and as we celebrate Christmas.
Free tickets for this service need to be booked in advance to help us safely manage numbers inside the cathedral
The day forms part of a season of remembrance at the Minster which includes a new digital art installation called People We Love, part of the city-wide York Mediale festival, and the annual service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration for Remembrance Sunday on 8 November.