Preachers at Truro Cathedral will soon be delivering the word of God in Cornish.
Although services have taken place at Truro Cathedral before, this year’s Holy Communion for the Feast of St Samson on Monday is believed to the first time a Saints’ day has been preached in the mother-tongue.
After Monday’s sermon the plan is to hold more services in Cornish at the cathedral, especially on the feast days of Cornish saints.
Reverend Jane Kneebone said the move will attract Cornish speakers and non-speakers.
She said: “If you don’t speak the language, don’t worry – the service book will be reproduced in both Cornish and English, so you will easily be able to follow the service.
“I have been involved in leading services in Cornish for some time now, and I find every time that they are very prayerful and uplifting.
“It may well be that these special Cathedral services will offer other people a similar experience, such that they can encounter God through liturgy in a new way.”
The service will be held at 1pm followed by a Sung Eucharist Feast of St German, on Wednesday, October 1, where there will be no English spoken.
The hymns will be sung in Cornish to well-known tunes and the choir will sing the Mass setting in Latin