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.
COVID-19 update: Gathering for public worship, in the cathedral building
In line with the latest Government guidance, Winchester Cathedral will be holding two weekly public services inside the Cathedral, beginning from the 8th March:
Wednesdays, 12noon, starting 10th March – sung Eucharist (CW), Presbytery
Fridays, 12noon, starting 12th March – said Holy Communion (BCP), location TBC
The Wednesday service will be live streamed, as will additional Feast Day Eucharists at noon, whenever they occur, the next being the Feast of the Annunciation on the 25th of March.
Chapter, in consultation with the Bishop, is designing a roadmap which fits with the wider plans to move out of lockdown, with hopes to extend to holding Sunday worship in time for Passion Sunday (21st March) and the following days of Holy Week. Further details to follow.
The safety of the congregation, staff and volunteers is of the utmost importance, and the Dean and Chapter are confident that public worship can resume as part of a gradual, staged approach by adhering to current government guidelines and social distancing – as has been done in previous phases of the pandemic.
The Cathedral will remain open for private prayer and quiet reflection, between 11am-3pm Monday to Saturday, and 1pm-3pm on Sundays.
Morning and Evening worship will continue to be live streamed on Facebook, YouTube and on the website, and all are welcome to join in Cathedral activities and online worship. In addition, there is the opportunity to meet with others in the Winchester Cathedral Zoom Room for Morning Prayer and after Evensong or Evening Prayer on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.