COVID-19 update: The cathedral is not currently open for general visits or tours but remains open for private prayer and reflection 11-3pm (1pm-3pm on Sundays). From the 8th of March, two weekly public services will resume inside the Cathedral, Wednesdays, 12noon, starting 10th March and Fridays, 12noon, starting 12th March. Please continue to check the website for the latest updates. All services will continue to be online, and everyone is welcome to join.

Ash Wednesday

ASH WEDNESDAY; a holy day at home or wherever you are

‘Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me’

On Ash Wednesday, the Cathedral welcomes you to a day of online offerings, provided each hour by the Cathedral clergy.

Watch the online offerings here.


8.20/30am – Morning Prayer

9.00am – Canon Roland Riem: The tale of two hearts Gen 6.5-6

10.00am – Dean Catherine: A change of heart Ezek 36.26-27

11.00am – Lauds

12.00pm – Lunchtime Eucharist with imposition of ashes with Bishop Tim Dakin and Canon Andy Trenier, followed by Organ Meditation for the beginning of Lent by Claudia Grinell

14.00pm – Canon Roland Riem: A steadfast heart Psalm 108.1-4

15.00pm – Canon Nick Fennemore: The pure in heart Matt 5.8

16.00pm – Canon Andy Trenier: God’s love poured into our hearts Rom 5.3-5

17.00pm –  Dean Catherine: God greater than fearful hearts 1 John 3.18-20

17.30pm – Solemn Eucharist with imposition of ashes


Make your own ashes

Daren Gibb, Custos, shows how ashes are traditionally prepared for Ash Wednesday, and how you can make a safe version at home.