A message from The Dean of Birmingham, The Very Reverend Matt Thompson
Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, was someone who in her life and work brought people together, creating community wherever she was. In her memory, we have been committed to providing an opportunity for people to come together and express their thoughts, grief and most importantly their thanksgiving during the period of national mourning.
We welcomed over 20,000 visitors over 12 days, to light candles, sign condolence books, attend special services and to lay floral tributes in our churchyard.
We also had the great joy of being able to provide an opportunity for our younger visitors to learn about Our Late Queen and to get involved in paying their respects. Families, schools and youth groups coloured in pictures, wrote on luggage tags and filled a special tree many times over with messages.
Our team of clergy, staff, stewards, volunteers, church wardens and many others have been essential in making all this possible, and were met with an inspiring level of grace and kindness from those visiting us. For that we are immensely thankful.
If you still wish to sign a book of condolence, please speak to a member of the cathedral team, as there will be a book available on request until 30 September.
The next main event in the life of the cathedral will be our LOUDfence in Cathedral Square from 3 – 9 October. This will be a high profile and important act of supporting abuse survivors in sharing their voices and stories.
Our Friday lunchtime recital series will also be resuming on Friday 23 September, offering all a chance to enjoy some free music in the cathedral. Details of upcoming performers and music lists will be released via our calendar and social media channels as soon as we have them.
Over the coming weeks, we will also be increasing our work preparing for the Christmas season. We will once again be hosting a Christmas Craft Market in Cathedral Square, putting on a stunning performance of Handel’s Messiah, and providing enhanced timetable of special services and events throughout this important time.
Now that our regular service and opening times resumed, we look forward to continuing to welcome people of all faiths and none through our doors everyday. Please check back to this site and use our social feeds for the latest information.
Please do pray with us:
Everlasting God, we pray for our new King.
Bless his reign and the life of our nation.
Help us to work together
so that truth and justice, harmony and fairness
flourish among us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Mourning Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
The photos below are just a glimpse of life at Birmingham Cathedral during the period of national mourning for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.