YORK GAY PRIDE 2015 started at the west end of York Minster following a blessing and prayer said by a Canon of the Anglican Church on June 20.

Canon Michael Smith, the Canon Pastor of York Minster, prayed: “Loving God, we give thanks that the rainbow is a sign of your promise to love, care for and protect your creation and all your people. We pray for all who will share in this parade today and all who will watch it pass by. May all involved be reminded of your promise of love, care and protection, and of your big and generous heart where there is space for everyone. We offer our prayers and our thanksgivings in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.”

The Canon also told the pro gay rights crowd that they were always welcome to come and receive pastoral care at York Minster and be prayed for.

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