Services

A MESSAGE FROM WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL

The building is closed for public worship and private prayer until at least 14 April. Unfortunately, live streaming of daily services from inside the Cathedral is ending. However, we intend to continue providing a special daily video reflection and prayer to watch every day. You can be assured of our prayers and you can post your own on our social media sites. May God bless you in these challenging times.


 

We hope to reopen as soon as possible. Here is some information which might be of use in planning your visit for when that happens.

The Cathedral is more than a historic building. It’s a hard-working church open every day of the year. Every week, we celebrate 16 regular services, plus many other services throughout the year. Thousands join us for our special celebrations at Christmas and Easter.

We have now introduced a live streaming service, which is available here and the services we will be streaming are listed below.

The Cathedral is first and foremost a living place of Anglican liturgy and worship, with many of our services sung by our superb Cathedral Choirs.

The regular pattern of daily services has been part of this place since monastic times. We start and finish each day with Morning and Evening Prayer. We also break bread and share wine in Holy Communion every day of the year.

The great seasonal celebrations of Christmas and Easter are especially busy times for us, as people join us from all over the world to mark Christ’s birth, passion, death and resurrection, the most important dates in our Christian calendar.

Many other services take place throughout the year, including special community and seasonal services such as our Harvest Festival. Usually on Sundays and special festivals, we also preach sermons.

All our services are free of charge, and any one can attend.

Sunday services
On Sundays, the Lord’s special day, we normally worship at these times.

8.00: Holy Communion
9.45: Choral Mattins
11.00: Sung Eucharist
3.30: Evensong
Please note that these services are occasionally combined into a 10.00 Sung Eucharist with a 7.45 Morning Prayer. Please see service listings for details.

Weekday Services
The Christian Church continues a daily round of liturgy (known as the daily office) and we normally worship at these times (services will currently be streamed).

7.40: Silence followed by Morning Prayer
8.00: Holy Communion
12.00: Holy Communion (Thursdays and Saints’ Days only)
5.30: Evensong

Morning Prayer (also known as Mattins)

You are welcome to join us for this short, simple daily service at the start of the day, one of two daily offices observed by churches of the Anglican communion. It includes psalms, Scripture readings and prayers, following a traditional pattern of worship that dates from the monastic era and before.

Holy Communion

At the final meal that Jesus Christ shared with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion, he gave them bread and wine, and invited them to ‘do this in remembrance of me’. In this daily service, we follow his wish. Holy Communion is also known as Choral Eucharist when it’s sung for Sundays and festivals.

Eucharist

The Sung Eucharist is full of colour and movement including music offered by the Choir. The service which lasts for about an hour and a quarter on Sundays is usually followed by a time of refreshments.

Evensong (Evening Prayer)

At the end of the day, you can join us for this beautiful service, typically celebrated with glorious music sung by our Cathedral Choir or visiting choirs. It follows a similar structure to Morning Prayer, and includes psalms, Scripture readings and prayers, using traditional language. Please note:on Wednesdays, this service is usually said rather than sung; Outside School terms, it’s sung by visiting choirs.

Taizé Services

The Taizé monastic community in Burgundy, France has pioneered a simple, powerful use of music and prayer that many find spiritually helpful. We celebrate using this more informal and experimental style of worship once a month.

To find out more and for this year’s dates click here.

Anointing and laying on of hands

Since ancient times, human touch has played an important part in religious worship, symbolising both comfort and healing. Once a month, you can join us to be anointed for healing or experience the laying on of hands. This is currently suspended.

Find out more

View all services
Search all our forthcoming services by date and type

Search our sermons
Dates, brief summaries and full text of recent sermons

Welcome pack (PDF)
Gives new and existing members of the community up-to-date information about the Cathedral.