Ely Cathedral dates back to the year 672 AD and was one of the major sites for Medieval pilgrims. Pilgrims are still visiting today to the tune of 250, 000 annually. Granted many of these pilgrims visit to see the exquisite Romanesque, Gothic architecture and sparkling stained glass windows or listen to the ethereal boys choir. There are others who come to pray , meditate and give thanks to God for blessings and search for guidance.
The church got its name from St. Elheldreda who restored an old church on the existing foundation which became a monastery and thrived for 200 years.
Here is the prayer said on June 23, the feast day of the saint.
who bestowed such grace upon your servant Etheldreda
that she gave herself wholly to the life of prayer
and to the service of your true religion:
grant that we, like her,
may so live our lives on earth seeking your kingdom
that by your guiding
we may be joined to the glorious fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
What’s more perfect to fill the spaces of a majestic cathedral than the majestic music of Widor.