Cathedral expands its welcome

Christ Church Cathedral is inviting worshippers to come to the Cathedral to attend Evening Prayer from Sunday 26 July. Evening Prayer takes place daily at 6pm and in normal times takes the form of Choral Evensong (except on some Mondays) and is a mainstay of the English choral tradition.

However, because of the current ban on singing, for now Evening Prayer is a shortened ‘said’ service, without any music.

During the three-month suspension of public worship the Cathedral clergy have been maintaining the rhythm of daily prayer in the Cathedral precincts, alongside enabling digital worship via the Cathedral website.

From Sunday 5 July the lockdown restrictions were eased, with the result that public worship is now possible within guidelines to allow social distancing.

Worshippers have been invited to come to the Cathedral for a simplified Eucharist at 11am on a Sunday morning. A full risk assessment has been conducted and a number of modifications made to ensure that everyone can gather in as safe a way as possible.

At the same time, the Cathedral is now open every day of the week for private prayer from 4pm to 6pm.

‘Everyone is are warmly welcome to join us, whether daily or occasionally, and to share in our offering of worship in the Cathedral,’ said the Revd Philippa White, the Succentor. ‘As we gather in that worship, we pray with and for those who continue to pray at home.’

The opening up of Evening Prayer represents another small step in the direction of normal practice.

Entry is via Meadow Gate. Please note: parking is NOT available for those visiting the Cathedral for private prayer or to attend Evening Prayer.