Diocesan press releases

Bringing St. Deiniol to the world!

Next Monday (11 September) is the annual feast day of St. Deiniol, the patron Saint of Bangor Cathedral, as well as the Diocese of Bangor.

So there is no better way to celebrate this annual anniversary than with a service which will tell Deiniol’s story to a much wider audience, because it will be broadcast to the UK and beyond by BBC Radio 4.

This Sunday (10 September) Radio 4’s Sunday Worship will be coming live from Bangor Cathedral, beginning at 8.10am.

The Dean of Bangor – the Very Rev’d Kathy Jones – will lead the service and the Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andrew John – will reflect on the inspiration and challenge laid down by his predecessor St. Deiniol, who was the first Bishop of Bangor in the sixth century.

Bangor Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Paul Booth, will be leading the music in the live act of worship, with hymns including the hymn tune Blaenwern with Bishop Timothy Rees’ words ‘Lord who in thy perfect wisdom’, and William Mathias’ anthem ‘Hear O Thou Shepherd of Israel’.

Looking forward to the worship, the Dean of Bangor – the Very Rev’d Kathy Jones – said, “Many people in Bangor know about how St. Deiniol came here and created a community, which flourished and has continued to flourish for almost 15 centuries. It will be a privilege to tell the rest of the UK about St. Deiniol and and for the listeners to share in our worship and thanksgiving. It is an exciting opportunity.”

All are welcome to be part of the congregation for this live broadcast. If you would like to be part of the congregation, there is a rehearsal in the Cathedral at 1:30pm on Saturday 9th September, which people are encourage to attend. On Sunday morning, the congregation is asked to be in their seats by 7am.