Bradford Cathedral’s Annual Legal Service


Archbishop of York, clergy, lawyers, judges and dignitaries standing outside Bradford Cathedral, robed and wigged Bradford Cathedral

Bradford Cathedral will be hosting the Annual Legal Service on Sunday 3rd February from 11am, an event where the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu will preach a special centenary sermon.

The Archbishop, who is an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda, will join members of the Judiciary, including High Court Judges and Magistrates from across West Yorkshire, for this public service.

The Legal Service will take place at 11am, where there will be processions followed by a service acknowledging the sovereignty of God and the Judeo-Christian foundation of UK law and the legal system.

The processions will include members of the choir, clergy, bishops, lawyers, barristers, judges, the High Sheriff, Lord Lieutenant and the Lord Mayor of Bradford.

The Very Revd Jerry Lepine, Dean of Bradford says: “The Legal Service is one of the high points of civic life in the Cathedral’s calendar. This year is the Cathedral’s Centenary and we are delighted to welcome the Archbishop of York as our preacher. This is an inspirational service and moment for this city and I want to encourage as many people as possible to come along and be part of it.  The Legal Service showcases the Cathedral at its best as an institution that gathers together people from across the city and the region.”

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, says of the event: “I am delighted to participate in The Legal Service during this Cathedral’s centenary year. As a former lawyer who served at the Bar and the Bench, I am committed to upholding the justice and mercy of God in our nation. I know that during the past 100 years, the Cathedral has been a deeply loved place of refuge and hope for all in the City. Please join us at this service as we pray for our nation and the City of Bradford proclaiming God in Jesus Christ who is our Saviour, Friend and Brother.”

Members of the congregation and public are welcome at the event, and free places can be reserved at