Praying for Justice – Bradford’s annual legal service

A fanfare played by the West Yorkshire Police Band welcomed a  congregation of high court judges, solicitors, magistrates, barristers and district judges which gathered at Bradford Cathedral on Sunday February 5 for the annual ‘Legal Service’.

The service each February celebrates and prays for those working for the administration of justice in West Yorkshire. Among those present were the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Geoff Reid, the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire, Mr Chris Brown , together with High Court, district and circuit judges, solicitors and clergy.

Addressing the congregation was the Dean of York, the Very Reverend Vivienne Faull (pictured right), while the service was led by the Dean of Bradford, the Very Revd Jerry Lepine and the Area Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Toby Howarth.

Judges and those in the legal profession took part in the service – the prayers were led by His Honour Peter Benson, the New Testament reading was given by Mrs Vicky Reynolds JP, Chair of the Bradford & Keighley Bench, and the Gospel  reading was given by His Honour Judge Roger Thomas QC, the Honorary Recorder of Bradford.

In his notes in the order of service, explaining the service, Dean Jerry Lepine said, “The Chapter of Bradford Cathedral welcomes you to this service. In our worship today we remember before God all those who work for the administration of justice and the security of society, pray for their work and thank God for the blessings of impartiality and tolerance, justice and mercy.

He added, “As we remember our ecclesiastical heritage, we remember also the legal inheritance for which our forebears strived and from whose work and perseverance we now benefit.”

Music was led by the girls and adults of the Cathedral Choir, conducted by the Director of Music, Alex Berry and accompanied on the organ by the Assistant Director of Music, Jon Payne

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