The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Cathedral Shines as Part of Light Night Leeds 2021

Light Night Leeds was back on Thursday and Friday 14 & 15 October with ten magical zones designed to amaze and inspire across Leeds city centre. Last year’s event was cancelled due to Covid-19, making this year’s return even more special. More than forty installations were on display in Millennium Square, City Square, Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, across the Victoria Quarter, in Briggate, around Leeds Train Station, Leeds Arena, South Bank and Quarry Hill.

At the city’s Cathedral, our own Cathedral Church of St Anne, the theme of the evening was ‘Fiat Lux – Let There Be Light’, inspired by the works of St Francis of Assisi, over 800 years ago, and in our own time by Pope Francis. The exterior of the Cathedral was floodlit for the occasion and special floral displays were on view inside.

Through word, music and silence visitors were invited to pause and use their senses and imagination to explore something of the spiritual dimension of the beauty of God’s creation, and to reflect on the place of Light in the life of faith.


The evening’s readings were taken from the Encyclical Letter Laudato Si of the Holy Father Pope Francis, on caring for our common home, while music and singing were provided by members of the Diocesan Music Department.

Over the course of more than three hours on Friday evening the Cathedral was able to welcome more than 2,500 visitors to see something of the mother church of the Diocese on a unique occasion.



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