Leeds Cathedral: Do Not Pass this Point

At Leeds’ Roman Catholic Cathedral, one may not approach the altar. It is out of bounds to all except the priests and those charged with its administration, cleaning and maintenance. Catholics are instructed that upon that table does the wafer morph into Christ’s actual flesh, a stupendous mystery wrought by specially ordained hands and appointed intermediaries. Like the altars of ancient Israel, only some may approach directly. Yet in this wonderful gospel age, all through Christ may enter the presence of God, freely, through His blood. There is no more ‘out of bounds’ or restricted access; only sin and rebellion are forbidden God’s people. Man-made religions and religious institutions may hamper, confine, limit and exclude, but the gospel invites approach, and the Saviour says “come, boldly”.

Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29 NKJV