As a child I was taken to see Coventry Cathedral. It made a very strong impression which has stayed with me to this day...all that colour and beautiful glass. It's only taken me to the grand old age of 55 to return...had my ideas changed? No. In a word....stunning.
In its history Coventy hasn't just had a single cathedral...it's had three! Admittedly the remains of the original St Mary's Priory are scant [not shown], but the parish church of St Michael's was upgraded to cathedral status in 1918 after the end of WWI. Tragically on 14th November 1940 it became a victim of the Luftwaffe bombing campaign and was very badly damaged. Post war some wanted it restored to its former glory, but instead the decision was taken to keep it in its shell like state as a stark reminder, but it remains hallowed ground and is as much a symbol of reconciliation as it is remembrance. It is poignant and thought provoking in equal measure. Traces of its former magnificence remain and the shards of glass hanging on serve to remind you of what has been lost
Provost Richard Howard had the "Father Forgive" engraved behind the altar and the wooden cross is a replica  of the charred crossed beams which the stonemason Jock Forbes saw and tied together, The bronze effigy of the first bishop Huyshe Yeatman-Biggs also survived the fire.
Hope you all have a good weekend. I am catching up with my friend Nurse L...it's been a year since we last saw each other properly. Time certainly does fly!