1-Upper Chapel of Sheffield Anglican Cathedral

The Queen celebrates Easter at Sheffield Cathedral

Sheffield Cathedral will host The Queen this Thursday, 2nd April, for an Easter celebration called Royal Maundy.

The event should be a boost for Sheffield city centre businesses and a good opportunity to sample independent outlets in the city centre. Although city centre roads will be closed from 7am, thousands are expected to visit Sheffield to see the Royals as they attend the service in the Cathedral.

Maundy celebrates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples before he was crucified. As he washed their feet he said they should do the same to show his love to the world. In celebrating this event, The Queen will be honouring an annual royal tradition established in Easter 1210, when King John distributed gifts to the poor in Yorkshire. Today especially minted coins are awarded according to the English monarch’s age to those who have demonstrated the Maundy message through community service.

Stephen Croft, Bishop of Sheffield, explains:

The Royal Maundy service is a way of honouring some of the many older people who have given significant service to their communities over many years, often in hidden ways. It will be a real delight and honour to welcome Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to the Cathedral, to the city and to South Yorkshire.

Sheffield Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in the city, built in 1430 on the site of the ninth century Sheffield Cross. It was made the cathedral church for the Church of England Diocese of Sheffield in 1914.

Local designer Corin Mellor has produced “Acolyte Candles” which will be used during the royal procession and reflect Sheffield’s metalwork history. They are in keeping with his candelabrum “Advent Wreath” designed in 2007 for Sheffield Cathedral.

The Cathedral will be filled with spring flowers in the royal colours of yellow, white and purple, arranged by members of the Sheffield Floral Club and Sheffield Cathedral Flower Guild.

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Peace gardens in the daytime Photograph courtesy of Sheffield City Council

After the church service the Royals will be attending a civic lunch at the Sheffield Town Hall. Visitors are expected to gather in the area to catch a glimpse of The Queen and at the same time to explore the city centre and the many independents which express the unique character of Sheffield.

See the SU Listings website for details on independent coffee shops near Sheffield Cathedral. Some examples are Eten Café on York Street, Couch and Woodland Holistics on Campo Lane, and Grounded Coffee on Chapel Walk. For creative shopping try Bird’s Yard Sheffield on Chapel Walk.

Wherever you go, spread the love this Easter by investing in your local community and shopping at independents.