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.
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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.
On Sundays, the Lord’s special day, we normally worship at these times:
8.00am – Holy Communion
9.45am – Choral Mattins *
11.00am – Sung Eucharist *
3.30pm – Evensong
6.00pm – Taizé Service (normally the last Sunday of the month)
* Please note that these service times may vary and that on certain Sunday mornings throughout the year there will only be one choral service.
Please check our service listings for confirmed times.
And every Sunday at 8.45am and 2.30pm, the Cathedral’s magnificent peal of bells ring out joyfully across the city of Winchester, to celebrate our worship and honour God’s name.
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.
When: Mon–Sat at 7.40am
Duration: 20 minutes
Where: The St Alphege (Venerable) Chapel, South Transept
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.
When: Every day at 8.00am, plus 12.00 noon Thursdays and Saints’ Days
Duration: 30 minutes
Where: in one of the Cathedral Chapels (see weekly news sheets for details)
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.
When: Sundays at 11.00am, and some festival days
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Where: Normally in the Nave (see weekly news sheet for details)
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.
When: Mon–Sat, 5.30pm, Sun 3.30pm
Duration: 45 minutes
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.
When: Normally held at 6pm on the last Sunday of the month
Duration: 1 hour
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.
When: During Choral Eucharist, the first Sunday of every month
Duration: While Holy Communion is being taken
Where: One of our chapels
Please note: Service times can occasionally change, so please do check our weekly Service Listings
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