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We'll be celebrating the first ever Suffolk Day on Wednesday 21 June with an exhibition about buildling work at the cathedral this Millennium and at 2.30 pm our Assistant Director of Music, Alexander Binns will give an organ recital featuring Suffolk music by Benjamin Britten and Harrison Oxley.

Suffolk Day

The Cathedral will mark its connections to St Edmund with a number of events on Thursday 20 November, the day in the church calendar marked as the Feast Day of St Edmund.

In the morning over 200 local school children will visit the Cathedral to find out more about St Edmund, taking part in drama and music activities as well as visiting the site of the shrine of St Edmund in the Abbey Gardens. Edmund sculptures will be on display in the Cathedral, made by pupils at Howard Middle School.

Later in the day the Cathedral's group of volunteers, known as the Guild of St Edmund, meets, and following a service in the Cathedral and lunch, will hear a talk entitled 'Wherefore Edmund, King and Martyr?' by Charles Taylor, a member of the Cathedral congregation and a volunteer tour guide and lay chaplain.

At 5.30 pm the Cathedral congregation will be joined by members of St Edmund's RC Church to share in Choral Evensong together. Fr Mark, from St Edmund's, will preach.

The Cathedral will also hold a service (Solemn Eucharist) on Sunday 23 November at 10 am to mark the Feast of St Edmund.

On Sunday 11 January, a plough and tractor will be blessed on the Cathedral Green (near the Norman
Tower) in Bury St Edmunds to mark Plough Sunday. The tractor and plough are being provided by the Chairman of Bury St Edmunds NFU, Andrew Blenkiron, who is Estate Director of the Euston Estate and
also Vice Chairman of Suffolk NFU. The blessing will take place following the 3.30 pm service of Choral Evensong at the Cathedral. During the service, local farmer James Stamper will read the lesson and prayers will be said by Agricultural Chaplain, Canon Sally Fogden. Representatives of the National Farmers' Union and the local farming community are invited to the service.

One of the prayers used on Plough Sunday

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation: for in your abundant care you have given us fertile land, rich soil, the seasons in their courses.

You provide seed for sowing, water, light and warmth to bring forth the miracle of growth.

You give us skill to work the land, to prepare and nourish it, that it may be fruitful.

The Cathedral will mark its connections to St Edmund with a number of events on Thursday 20 November, the day in the church calendar marked as the Feast Day of St Edmund.

In the morning over 200 local school children will visit the Cathedral to find out more about St Edmund, taking part in drama and music activities as well as visiting the site of the shrine of St Edmund in the Abbey Gardens. Edmund sculptures will be on display in the Cathedral, made by pupils at Howard Middle School.

Later in the day the Cathedral's group of volunteers, known as the Guild of St Edmund, meets, and following a service in the Cathedral and lunch, will hear a talk entitled 'Wherefore Edmund, King and Martyr?' by Charles Taylor, a member of the Cathedral congregation and a volunteer tour guide and lay chaplain.

At 5.30 pm the Cathedral congregation will be joined by members of St Edmund's RC Church to share in Choral Evensong together. Fr Mark, from St Edmund's, will preach.

The Cathedral will also hold a service (Solemn Eucharist) on Sunday 23 November at 10 am to mark the Feast of St Edmund.

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