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There is no greater wealth than life. Christ assures us that he “came that [we] may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10.10b). Christians believe that this abundant life begins in the waters of baptism, transcends even our bodily death, and includes all moments of our lives. For more than two thousand years the Church has, therefore, offered prayer and worship to root the passages of our life in God’s life-giving grace: baptism for births, weddings for life-long faithful unions, and funerals at death. These help us to understand our own personal lives and experiences in the context of Scripture and God’s redeeming love.

The Cathedral clergy are here to guide, celebrate, support and pray for you.

Marriages

Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage. The Cathedral wants to help and support you, whatever stage you’re at with your planning.

Marriage is a gift of God through which husband and wife may grow together in the knowledge, love and service of God. It is given that, united with one another in heart, in mind and in body, they may increase in love and trust. God joins the couple in life-long union as the foundation of family life (in which children are born and nurtured and) in which each member of the family, in good times and in bad, may find strength, companionship and comfort, and grow to maturity in love. Marriage enriches society and strengthens community. (From the Church in Wales order for Holy Matrimony)

Are you just starting to think about your wedding?  Here is some information you may find helpful:

You have a legal right in most circumstances to be married in your local parish church. The Cathedral, however, is not a parish and, therefore, a special license from the Archbishop of Canterbury is needed. This is a straight-forward process but, normally, requires that the couple become active members of the Cathedral community before applying.

The first step is to call the Cathedral on 01874 623857 and speak with one of the clergy. We are here to help steer you through to make sure your big day is special. They will arrange to meet with you to discuss marriage preparation (usually 2-3 one-hour sessions with other couples and concluding with a celebratory dinner). The priest will assist you, so don’t worry.

Couples normally find this process supportive and helpful, and they appreciate the opportunity to get to know the priest who will officiate at their wedding. It is also fun to meet other couples in the midst of planning their own weddings. Often friendships form that last long after the wedding itself.

THE MEADOW. There is a large grass area at the rear of the Cathedral overlooking the Brecon Beacons and the historic market town. 

If you would like to discuss any aspect of your celebration please contact the Cathedral Office.  Within the Cathedral Close is the award-winning Pilgrims Restaurant, Click here to find out more about catering possibilities.

Baptisms

Baptism for babies and children takes place in a service often called a Christening, a word that reminds us that the child is being ‘marked’ for Christ. In this service, the baptised person becomes a member of Christ’s Body, the Church, and is reborn:

…we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life (Romans 6.3-4).

During the service, vows are taken to make that rebirth a reality by pledging to raise the child in the love and faith of the Church. In turn, the Cathedral family promises to welcome the child and to pray for his or her family. For your child, being baptized marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family.

Call the Cathedral on 01874 623857 and speak with one of the clergy.

Funerals

The death of a loved one is a difficult time and the Cathedral clergy are here to offer help, comfort, prayers and support before, during and after the funeral.

Funeral services include the remembering of the person who has died, readings from the Bible, prayers (relating to the deceased person and to their family and friends), and hymns.

The Cathedral is committed to conducting Christian funeral services for anyone who asks. In the funeral service we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, commending the deceased to God’s everlasting mercy and love. Throughout, we remember the assurance of St Paul: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8.38-9).

We celebrate all that was good in their earthly life with dignity and order. Alongside this, we express our natural sense of grief and loss, and are reminded of our own mortality.

Other Ceremonies

The Cathedral can also be used for other ceremonies. Please contact the office to make an enquiry.

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