Lent prayers were led by Bishop Paul at a sunlit Leeds Minster on Saturday.
"I really welcome the opportunity to pray in the heart of Leeds for the diocese and the Leeds Episcopal Area," Bishop Paul said, who was joined by different worshippers during five peaceful hours.
"In the middle of a busy Lent, it's great to take some time to reflect on my ministry and our work here in Leeds."
Prayer took place in the Chapel fo the Holy Spirit and St Katherine, which is also known as the Studdert Kennedy Memorial Chapel and below the stunning stained glass window of St Peter, the Minster's patron saint.
Further prayer times will be held across the diocese and all are welcome to go along for any length of time and join with the bishops:
- Saturday 3rd March, Bishop Jonathan Gibbs, 10.00am - 12noon, Halifax Minster; 1.00pm-3.00pm Dewsbury Minster
- Saturday 10th March, Bishop Toby Howarth, 10.00am—3.00pm, Bradford Cathedral
- Saturday 17th March, Bishop Tony Robinson, 10.00am—3.00pm, Wakefield Cathedral
- Saturday 24th March, Bishop Nick Baines, 10.00am—3.00pm. Holy Trinity, Skipton
The prayer times are part of an open invitation issued to all parishes by the bishops, to join them for ‘a Holy Lent of Loving. Living. Learning’. The Lent project reflects the diocesan vision and invites Christians to explore what ‘Loving, Living, Learning’ means to them through daily prayer, Bible reading, fasting and meditation.
Accompanying the Lent project is a four page leaflet with a prayer to be used each day, thoughts on living out the diocesan values statement, together with the times of Saturday prayer being led by the bishops. Leaflets are available from Area Bishops and Area Deans for every church.