Religion Experience At The Clifton Cathedral in Bristol
I have never been the religion kind. So when I arrived in England; Clifton Cathedral was the last place I was thinking of visiting. There are plenty of places to visit in England. But I guess God and religion work in mysterious ways. I am still not that into religion; but I do not regret visiting Bristol’s Catholic Cathedral. It was an amazing experience.
The idea of travelling to the Cathedral all started as a joke
However, I am not even catholic; but thank heavens that the Cathedral does not discriminate on who enters the house of God. One of my friends back at home dared me to visit a place of God. Therefore, I saw no harm in proving him wrong. Respect is earned after all. I also thought of taking photos in the cathedral and posting them in my Facebook account. I would have loved to see the reaction on those friends; who thought I was beyond saving.
It was on a Saturday morning at around nine when I left my hotel room. The Cathedral is just a few yards from the University of Bristol. I always thought church was on Sundays. So I was a bit surprised when I found the choir singing. It was 10 am mass that is held on Saturdays. As I listened to the choir sing I felt as if I was in another world. They sang on and on with beautiful majestic voices. Then I paid full attention to their singing. Honestly I didn’t catch most of the words.
I was moved by their undying devotion
Anyway, I felt it would be disrespectful if I just left while mass was going on. So with that said, I sat down to hear the Priest speak. The Cathedral is enormous; and quite an unusual design. I think it can hold a congregation of about one thousand. Nonetheless, the Priest spoke about how Jesus went about healing the sick. However, I really enjoyed his sermon. I believe it is important to give people hope. Especially when they feel depressed. The motto of the Diocese is ‘Called to be a People of Hope’. The seats were also very comfortable; I felt I could sit there for a day and not feel worn out. Churches should learn to keep even the rowdy youths seated.
The mass was over and I realized that I had been oblivious to the beauty of the Cathedral. As well as it’s religion. The building is really modern. I was told that there was another Cathedral in its place. This is a place of history too. Apparently, it is dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul. Those were like the gurus of Christianity religion. The Clifton Cathedral has a beautiful stain glass window; that reflect the light of the sun in a glamorous way. The building was finished in 1973. I guess that is the reason for the modern style.
The people were religion and very friendly
Nonetheless, I engaged one of them in a conversation and I found out astonishing history about the place. He told me that in 2014; the government gave the church a substantial amount of money to repair the roof. It was an answered prayer. He told me that there were 20 Martyrs; who were beautified in the Cathedral. Martyrs have always amazed me. The fact that someone would be willing to be executed for a cause that they have no scientific proof of is strange. Most of the martyrs; who were beautified in the cathedral were executed in the 1500’s.
However, I decided to take a lunch break. There are very good restaurants around the cathedral. There were many choices to choose from. So I decided to go to a restaurant that had the same theme of the Cathedral. Its name is Hope and Anchor; an amazing Pub with delicious food. The Pub also has a nice garden that simply refreshes.
It was around 4 pm when I came back to the Cathedral. I had made up my mind to spend the whole day there. There was nothing much going on in the afternoon. Although, I learned that there are confessions at 5 pm. I thought about revealing all sins to the priest. However, I changed my mind along the way. Nevertheless, I will definitely do that the next time I visit the Cathedral. An extraordinary house of God indeed!