Birmingham Cathedral (St Philip’s) will hold a special Pause for Hope service on Sunday 25th February at 3pm. The cathedral, on Colmore Row in the heart of the city, hopes to welcome people from across Birmingham for the annual service – the first for Birmingham Cathedral.
The Dean of Birmingham, the Very Reverend Matt Thompson, will be joined by and church leaders from across the city to reflect, through poetry, music and prayer, on the hope that we share in the fight against cancer, and to pray that the day will soon come when all cancers can be prevented or cured.
The Pause for Hope initiative came from retired thoracic surgeon Professor Ray Donnelly, MBE FRCS, Founder and President of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. The ecumenical service was first held in 1999 in St Francis Xavier’s Church, Liverpool. Since then, services have been held annually across England.
The Reverend Canon Andrew Lythall, Canon Precentor at Birmingham Cathedral and organiser of the special service, said it will provide an opportunity for those in the community affected by cancer to come together and stand in solidarity with others who have been affected by the disease.
He added: “The Pause for Hope service will help people to remember that we do not have to face cancer alone. I know I speak for everyone at Birmingham Cathedral when I say that it is a privilege for us to be able to host this service in 2018.”