Mikhail Thompson is a South African surfer and mentor who has administered a number of 'paddle-out' ceremonies during his lifetime. A paddle-out is a way of honouring someone who’s had a love for the ocean where surfers circle together in the ocean and float beyond the breakwater. It always mean one thing - that another surfer has died. He describes the profoundly spiritual experience of surfing waves, and how losing someone from the close-knit surfer community leaves a void. (Photo credit: BBC)
After its doors were closed on 19 March, another cathedral is preparing to reopen for private prayer.
Ely Cathedral said the initial plans are to let parishioners in from Wednesday to Saturday from 3 July, between 11.00 and 14:00, with Sundays put aside for the clergy to live-stream services.
Staff will be on hand and to guide worshippers through hand sanitiser stations, social distancing and limits on numbers.
The cafe, shop, stained glass museum and toilets will be shut.
The Very Reverend Mark Bonney, Dean of Ely, said: "The preparation for this to be safe is going to be different for every building, and the safety of all is paramount."
Peterborough Cathedral reopened for private prayer yesterday.
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