Exeter Cathedral Adventure
by Lindsey Harrison
I AM taking an online course with Linda Dillon, of the Council of Love. Linda is an internationally acclaimed channel, teacher, author and healer.
She asked us to connect with Saint Peter to help us recall past lives and future lives. I was very pleased with this, as Saint Peter has always been one of my guides. I haven’t been very good at going back or forward to past lives. I had asked Saint Peter to help me with the past lives and to help me recall the Blessings and Virtues from each lifetime.
Well, our Corona Virus lockdown lifted a little, and people were allowed to stay overnight in another house. My sister, who hadn’t been anywhere for 14 months, decided she would come to visit my husband and I, and also spend some time with our children and grandchildren.
We all had a lovely time with my sister, and we laughed a lot. When my children and grandchildren came over to see my sister at separate times, we sat talking in the garden, as you could meet up to six people outside but not indoors. Everyone understood, and we were lucky to have some really sunny weather.
I frequently talk to the Council of Love members (the Council is God’s sacred alliance composed of archangels, saints, enlightened and ascended beings, and star family) as well as my guides. I had been thinking about visiting my sister’s village’s church, where my niece was married and was interested in taking some photos of it, as there are Angels painted on the walls. I thought I could add it to a blog on visiting churches that I am planning to publish later this year.
I was going to mention this to my sister, but before I could, her daughter messaged her suggesting that when I visited them the following week, that I might like to go to see Exeter Cathedral which was only a 20-25 minute train ride away from her railway station. Aha! and so the plot thickens!
My sister and I left my home on a Friday and travelled by train to her home. She carried some of my bags, which was a big help. It would take 2 hours for us to arrive at her home station, and we had to wear masks all that time unless we were eating or drinking.
Our train was held up, which caused us to miss our connection at Salisbury, so we had to wait 45 minutes for our next train. This gave us time to eat our sandwiches and take our masks off for a short while and visit the Ladies’ room. We even had to wear our masks on the train platforms. We also had hand gel with us so we could clean our hands. I treated myself to a Costa Coffee and a muffin. It was a very good social distancing layout at the kiosk, and people were being very pleasant about it. There was hand gel in the waiting room which we used, as there was a really cold wind blowing on the platform.
I took my Kindle tablet and, after arriving at my sister’s home, looked up Exeter Cathedral and discovered that the Patron Saint for it is Saint Peter! So that made me laugh. I think he wanted me to have a practical lesson on the Blessings and Virtues. There was a beautiful stained glass window with Saint Peter in the centre.
(Glass window featuring St. Peter.)
While travelling, I was able to experience Patience, as well as Compassion for someone who I asked Jesus to sit with for half of our journey. I felt Gratitude for having plenty of room in our train carriage because a linking train from London had had 12 people standing because there weren’t enough trains running for a bank holiday weekend. I also experienced Gratitude for being able to get something to eat, and that the toilets were open.
So, I had a lovely time, laughed a lot like families do, and sat outside in the garden, six meters away from my niece, who hadn’t had any Covid 19 vaccines. She is working from home and the area she lives in was experiencing delays with distributing the vaccines to residents. We didn’t want to expose my niece to Covid 19.
I sat in my sister’s garden with her two cats, Jinx and Mable. Mable was happy to cuddle with me and hung over my shoulder like a baby and was purring; that was so nice. Jinx thought I was my sister. His eyesight is not so good, so he bounded over to me and then slowly backed off when he realised I was not who he thought I was. Ha ha! (Photo of me holding Mable and Jinx in the grass.)
We made plans to go to Exeter Cathedral on Thursday when the weather was not so hot. My sister booked an hour’s guided tour for 2 o’clock, and we boarded the 11:50 am train to Exeter armed with masks, hand gel, sandwiches, crisps (chips), bananas, and bottles of water. We had planned to have a cream tea at the Cathedral’s mobile café, which was a small van with some thin bistro chairs outside of it which weren’t comfortable for us, so as it happened, we didn’t have one.
Now I AM not paranoid about catching Covid and take sensible precautions if I go out, but it was so good to take our masks off getting out of Exeter Railway station. We found ourselves in the town centre with a lot of cafes along the road, and half the road closed to make it more pedestrianized. It was packed with people shopping, eating outside, and full of students as well. I wasn’t impressed and looked at all the people, hardly any of whom had masks on, and I put my mask back on. After I pointed out to my sister the number of people without masks, she did the same. It was supposed to be a 6-minute walk to the Cathedral, but I walk slowly.
(Wearing my mask on the train.)
We walked down a very old alley and passed a Pub where Sir Frances Drake used to drink. We didn’t go in, but when Covid is gone, I AM going back, as I love old pubs (Taverns).
The Cathedral area was very busy as well and when we went into the Cathedral there were hardly any tourists inside. We arrived inside just before the Chaplain said prayers and blessed everyone and that was nice. We were lucky that we were the only two visitors on that tour of the Cathedral. Tour groups had been restricted to six people due to the Covid rules. Guides used to take groups of up to 25 people around at a time.
We had the loveliest “human” Angel show us around the Cathedral, and we got on really well with her. The Cathedral has a rich history with so many types of architecture and wonderful areas we didn’t get a chance to see. The Lady Chapel was beautiful; I lit a candle for all children and the world there.
Photos- The front of Exeter Cathedral, John the Baptists, Painting of Saint Peter where you could light a candle.
Exeter Cathedral is amazing and left me in awe of the building and its history. My sister and I had a wonderful visit and tour, and we both would like to go there again.
Martyres Pulpit, with Saint Stephen, furthest right.
Now, I brought a guidebook and in it was a statue of a naked man showing everything holding a net. So I looked to see who it was a statue of and it was Saint Peter, based on him being a fisherman. In his time’s fishermen fished naked because when jumping in and out of the boats to pull their nets in, clothes were a nuisance. I read this in my book about Saint Peter.
So, we couldn’t find the statue of St. Peter on the tour, but on looking at the book again, it said it was on the top of the west tower. I have it in my photo, but poor Saint Peter, he must get cold up there, and why didn’t the sculptor drape the net over his front? It was made in 1985 haha! As soon as we got back to my sister’s home and talked in the garden, my sister told my niece “What about Lindsey’s guide then.” So it was a fun trip and a Courageous one.
Here is the link to Exeter Cathedral Virtual Tour. I hope you enjoy your visit.