Reflections on Saints and Holy People

Reflections on Saints and Holy People


At a time when all are locked down the Dean and Chapter hopes you gain some comfort, some inspirations, or some food for thought from these Reflections on Saints and Holy People

On this page, you can view video reflections on Saints and Holy people given by the Clergy of Wells Cathedral. These have been sent out on the days we would ordinarily remember the life and work of the particular Saint in the Cathedral.

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NOVEMBER

A reflection St. Catherine of Alexandria (25th November)

Given by the Revd. Canon Dr. Rob James, Canon Chancellor of Wells Cathedral

A reflection on St. Clement (23rd November)

Given by the Venerable Anne Gell, Archdeacon of Wells

A reflection on St. Hilda of Whitby (19th November)

The Canon Pastor, the Reverend Rosalind Paul, reflects on the life of St Hilda of Whitby.

A reflection on St Margaret of Scotland (16th November)

The Reverend Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle, Precentor, reflects upon the life and ministry of St Margaret of Scotland, notable for her instigation of religious reform and compelling acts of charity.

A reflection on St Martin, bishop of Tours (11th November)

November the 11th marks both Armistice Day and the feast of St Martin of Tours. The Very Reverend Dr John Davies, Dean of Wells, reflects upon the formative moments in the life of St Martin and reveals how we might learn from his actions at this time of remembrance.

A reflection on Margery Kempe, author and mystic (9th November)

The Reverend Canon Dr Rob James, Chancellor, reflects upon the life work of Margery Kempe; a little known but particularly active exponent of the faith.

OCTOBER

A reflection on St Francis of Assisi (4th October)

The Reverend Canon Dr Rob James, Chancellor, reflects upon the life and ministry of St Francis of Assisi; one of the most recognisable and influential role models of the Christian faith.

SEPTEMBER

A reflection on the Archangel Michael (29th September)

The Reverend Dr Elisabeth Isted, Assistant Curate at St Michael & All Angels, Yeovil, reflects on the role of St Michael as a gatekeeper and messenger, and the relevance of angels in our daily lives as we are called to proclaim the good news of God.

 

A reflection on St Matthew the Apostle (21st September)

The Precentor of Wells Cathedral, the Reverend Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle, discusses the life of St Matthew, a tax collector under Roman rule, and what his transformation to Apostle signifies to Christians today.

A reflection on the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary (8th September)

The Chancellor of Wells Cathedral, the Reverend Canon Dr Rob James, explores the significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary — the ‘saint of saints’ — and how she influences our understanding of Christ’s humanity.

 

A reflection on St Cuthbert (4th September)

The Reverend Lucy Jordan, Curate of St Cuthbert’s Church, Wells, reflects on the life of St Cuthbert.

 

AUGUST

A reflection on St Clare of Assisi (11th August)

The Chancellor, the Reverend Canon Dr Rob James, reflects on the life and mission of St Clare of Assisi.

 

JULY

A reflection on Mary, Martha and Lazarus (29th July)

Professor David Thomas, Canon Theologian of Wells Cathedral, tells the story of Mary, Martha and Lazarus and reflects on its relevance in a time of lockdown.

 

A reflection on St. James (25th July)

The Dean of Wells, the Very Reverend Dr John Davies DL reflects on what St James means to him, and the importance of compassion in the world today.

 

A reflection on St. Mary Magdalene (22nd July)

The Precentor, the Reverend Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle, reflects on the role and importance of St. Mary Magdalene.

 

A reflection on St. Bonaventure (15th July)

The Chancellor of Wells Cathedral, the Reverend Canon Dr Rob James, reflects on the life of St. Bonaventure.

A reflection on St. Swithun (15th July)

The Pastor of Wells Cathedral, the Reverend Canon Rosalind Paul, reflects on the life of St. Swithun.

A reflection on St. Benedict (11th July)

The Dean of Wells, the Very Revd Dr John Davies DL reflects on the life and message of St. Benedict.

A reflection on St. Thomas the Apostle (3rd July)

The Chancellor, the Reverend Canon Dr Rob James, talks about the life and work of St. Thomas.

JUNE

A reflection on St. Irenaeus (28th June)

The Precentor, the Reverend Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle, talks about the life of St. Irenaeus.

 

A reflection on St. Etheldreda (23rd June)

The Pastor of Wells Cathedral, the Reverend Canon Rosalind Paul, reflects on the life of St. Etheldreda.

 

A reflection on Bishop Richard of Chichester (16th June)

Professor David Thomas, the Canon Theologian of Wells Cathedral, reflects on the life of Bishop Richard of Chichester.

 

A reflection on St. Columba (9th June)

The Pastor, the Reverend Canon Rosalind Paul, reflects on the life of St. Columba.

 

A reflection on Bishop Thomas Ken (8th June)

Prebendary Elsa van der Zee reflects on the life and work of Bishop Thomas Ken.

MAY

A reflection on John Calvin and Philip Neri (26/27th May)

The Dean of Wells, the Very Revd Dr John Davies DL reflects on the life and work of two holy people – John Calvin and Philip Neri.

 

A reflection on The Venerable Bede (25th May)

The Precentor, the Reverend Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle, talks about the life of The Venerable Bede.

 

A reflection on St. Dunstan (19th May)

The Dean of Wells, the Very Revd Dr John Davies DL reflects on the life and work of St. Dunstan.

 

A reflection on St. Pachomius (15th May)

The Archdeacon of Wells, the Venerable Anne Gell, reflects on the life of St. Pachomius.

 

A reflection on Julian of Norwich (13th May)

The Pastor, the Reverend Canon Rosalind Paul, reflects on the life of Julian of Norwich.

 

A reflection on St. Athanasius of Alexandria (2nd May)

The Chancellor, the Reverend Canon Dr Rob James, talks about the life and work of St. Athanasius of Alexandria.

 

APRIL

A reflection on St. Catherine of Siena (29th April)

The Precentor, the Reverend Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle, talks about the life of St. Catherine of Siena.

 

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As a consequence of the national lockdown all public worship, tours, concerts, and other events are suspended in Wells Cathedral until Wednesday 2nd December 2020 inclusive. The Café and Shop are closed, but the Cathedral remains open for individual prayer, lighting of candles and quiet reflection. All are welcome.