On Pentecost Sunday, 15 May, the traditional Two Cathedrals Service will take place with a difference as Liverpool City Council and Visit Hope Street Community Interest Company (CIC) have joined with the Cathedrals to expand the biannual celebration, making it a full-day event.
Prior to the service from midday, the free event will see music, dance, performance and colour all the way along Hope Street, with five main performance spaces creating a unique atmosphere and experience. Samba bands, the Liverpool Welsh Choral, stilt performers, dancers and creations from the Liverpool Lantern Company will fill the length of the street.
The service itself will begin at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral at 3pm, followed by the traditional procession, and anyone intending to join in is asked to wear red or white clothing: the colours associated with Pentecost. The walk will culminate with a service on the steps of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon said: "The Feast of Pentecost is recognised as the birthday of the Church so it is fitting that so many from our city and region can come together to celebrate with music and worship.
"Our celebrations take place in our Cathedrals joined by a street called Hope, what better symbol of unity for our churches and for those who will rejoice with us."
The Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, said: "Hope is always something to be celebrated, and for the Church a great outpouring of God's grace and hope came at the festival we call Pentecost. This hope is for all and how better to mark this than with a vibrant celebration of music, art and colour on one of my favourite streets in this great city.
"I am delighted the city has embraced this desire to celebrate and I invite everyone to join in for a lively afternoon on this famous street."
BBC cameras will be present to capture the sights and sounds for a future Songs of Praise broadcast.