Consecration Sunday- Reflection by Canon Leslie


Today is Consecration Sunday for Liverpool Cathedral, the annual festival and celebration of consecration of the (partly constructed) cathedral in 1924. The Gospel reading is John’s account of Jesus’ cleansing the temple in Jerusalem. In John’s account, Jesus made a whip of cords, overturned the tables of the money changers, and rebuked those who were selling doves for sacrifice, saying ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace’.


For those of you who wanted to do some thinking and preparation for today’s service during the preceding week, I invited reflection on the image of house of prayer. In today’s picture Teddy Horsley is on his way to join us in Liverpool Cathedral.  

Lord Jesus Christ,

you entered the temple in Jerusalem

and restored it as a house of prayer.

Shape within us your house of prayer

to be a place of encounter,

for all people,

now and always.



Next week, the Sixth Sunday after Trinity, the Gospel reading takes us back to our journey through Luke’s Gospel, with the disciples requesting Jesus to teach them to pray. In response, Jesus teaches them what we have come to know as the Lord’s Prayer. The image to help us prepare for next week’s theme is prayer. You can find out more about that theme here We would really appreciate you letting us know how you are using these materials.