10,000 origami angels at Ripon Cathedral

10,000 Angels on a Wing and a Prayer Credit: Ripon Cathedral

10,000 angels took flight at Ripon Cathedral this month – and are now suspended 50 feet above the nave as part of a stunning installation.

Around 24 volunteers helped raise a huge net, bearing the angels, high above the ancient pillars of the building. The cathedral welcomed 500 visitors to the exhibition over the first weekend - which opened on August 1.

The 'Wing and a Prayer' project was designed by the cathedral's development team during lockdown as a way that the church could support the local community through the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers say that each angel represents a thank you to key workers or a prayer for a loved one.

The 10,000 angels of Ripon Cathedral Credit: Ripon Cathedral

Margaret Hammond, Ripon Cathedral Development Trust, said:


The funds raised from the angel installation will help to support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and will also go towards the work of Ripon Cathedral.

The free exhibition is open every day until September 29, 2020 with a special service of thanksgiving on Sunday September 27, 2020 to celebrate the feast of St Michael and All Angels.