Angels carrying prayers take flight

Ripon Cathedral's origami art installation is now on display with some 10,000 paper angels flying high above the nave.

The installation is part of their ‘A Wing and a Prayer’ project launched in May to support the vital work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Ripon Cathedral.

Each angel was made by a host of volunteers and reflects the prayers offered for those who have lost their lives to the coronavirus and those in the NHS and other front line services risking their own lives for the sake of others. So far the project has raised over £130,000, which will be split between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the cathedral.

It’s not too late to leave a prayer in the cathedral or to send in your prayers via the cathedral website to remember a loved one or a key worker; the prayers will then be said by the clergy during services. Those leaving a prayer are also invited to make a donation. You can get involved by visiting

The installation – which will remain in the cathedral until the Feast of St Michael and All Angels on September 29, aims to reflect how people from the community have come together during these uncertain times to support one another.

The Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev John Dobson DL said: “This project is doing several positive things and responding to a real desire on the part of many people to make their prayers in or through Ripon Cathedral. The angel art installation is an expression of all of these including memories of some who have died and gratitude for both healing and the exceptional service provided by so many in society.

“There is no doubt that the financial support resulting from all the generous donations is very welcome for ourselves and for Yorkshire Air Ambulance; for both of us income has been hit drastically during the time of lockdown. Here at the cathedral our support base has been increasing across the region in recent years; this is helping to give us increased resilience in these challenging times and I am extremely grateful to all those who are coming forward to support us financially.”

You can also donate an Angel here

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