Worshippers joined Bishop Toby at Bradford Cathedral for Lenten prayer in the quiet of St Aidan's chapel on Saturday, as the nave bustled with life.
"There are always events going on at the cathedral and there's lot of activity today.
"It's nice to be aware of all that liveliness, yet so lovely to be in the peace of the side chapel," Bishop Toby said.
"During Lent we can step back and focus on what's really important about our relationship with God.
"We're heading towards Easter and it's a joy to spend time in the cathedral, praying with people from across the episcopal area."
Further prayer times will be held across the diocese and all are welcome to go along for any length of time and join with the bishops:
- Saturday 17th March, Bishop Tony Robinson, 10.00am—3.00pm, Wakefield Cathedral
- Saturday 24th March, Bishop Nick Baines, 10.00am—3.00pm. Holy Trinity, Skipton
The prayer times are part of an open invitation issued to all parishes by the bishops, to join them for ‘a Holy Lent of Loving. Living. Learning’. The Lent project reflects the diocesan vision and invites Christians to explore what ‘Loving, Living, Learning’ means to them through daily prayer, Bible reading, fasting and meditation.
Accompanying the Lent project is a four page leaflet with a prayer to be used each day, thoughts on living out the diocesan values statement, together with the times of Saturday prayer being led by the bishops. Leaflets are available from Area Bishops and Area Deans for every church.