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Cathedral West Door: Advent Doors 2018

Written by Sarah Meyrick, posted on Sunday, December 2, 2018

Cathedral West Door with the wicket gate openDOOR 2
When Cardinal Wolsey built Tom Quad he put a wall through the Cathedral's West end. The end of the Nave and the old West Door were destroyed and until Sir George Gilbert’s Scott’s restoration in the 1870s, the only way in or out of the Cathedral was through the side doors.

Traditionally, when a new Bishop of Oxford is enthroned, he or she has to knock on the door to request admittance to the Cathedral by the Dean. (Fortunately, there’s no record of any Dean refusing entry!)

Generally, though, the Cathedral’s great West Door stands wide open all day, ready to welcome pilgrims and visitors. Today is Advent Sunday. The Cathedral will be full of music and prayer in preparation for the coming of Christ celebrated at Christmas. So Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant as we celebrate the incarnation of God’s son and the light of Christ in our lives.

Behold I stand at the door and knock. (Revelation 3.20)