Prayer in the Cathedral

The Building

The Cathedral is open during most of the day, seven days a week. Everyone is welcome to come in and pray, and there are many small chapels you can use for prayer. Note that the Cathedral has an admission charge for tourists, but there is never a charge for worship or prayer. Please tell the person on the welcome desk.

Let the building inspire you. It was built to the glory of God. Allow your eyes to be drawn up, and watch the play of light on the golden stone. Ponder the love and attention paid to the craft in wood and stone. Touch the walls and feel the prayer that has soaked into them over the centuries.

In particular, the Lady Chapel at the east end is is reserved for private prayer. There is also a board just outside where you can post specific requests for prayer. To its right is St Gabriel’s Chapel, where the blessed sacrament is reserved. Two to its left is the Speak Chantry Chapel. Here there are often materials, such as pebbles, you can use for sensory forms of prayer.

Regular Worship

The cycle of worship and prayer throughout the year underpins the life of Exeter Cathedral.

If you find a structure helpful to support your prayer life, you may like to join us for worship at Morning Prayer, Choral Evensong or Evening Prayer, and the Eucharist.

After 9.15am Morning Prayer on Sundays, you are welcome to pray in St Gabriel’s chapel before the start of the 10am Eucharist.

The service booklets used in the Eucharist often include some reflections at the beginning, which you could use for prayer before the service.

Our Weekly community notices include the readings and special prayers used in the previous Sunday Eucharist. You might like to use these in your prayer. Throughout the month we pray for different aspects of the Cathedral’s life and work at our daily services. We invite you to pray with us for the Cathedral in your own prayers.

Prayer Groups

Our Contemplative Prayer Group meets regularly at the Cathedral to practise Christian contemplative prayer and meditation together. The main emphasis of the prayer time is simply ‘waiting on God’ in stillness and silence.

The group meets on the second Monday of every month at 2.30pm in the Chapel of St John the Baptist in the Cathedral. You are very welcome to join us to explore further, or simply experience this way of prayer.

The Prayers for Healing group meets in the Cathedral every Monday at 12:30pm.

In the context of a short service, this group spends time in prayer for those in need of healing, whether of illness, uncertainty, unemployment, relationships or lack of peace. Coming together regularly in this way encourages the group members in their prayer, and friendships are further deepened over refreshments afterwards.

If you are in need of prayer for healing, there are boards in the Cathedral where you can leave a message. The group prays through all these messages each week, as well as the Cathedral intercession lists and the work of the Cathedral and the wider community.

A Lectio Divina Group meets on Wednesday evenings at 8pm on Zoom, following this ancient method of praying with the scriptures. New members are warmly invited to join:

Zoom Meeting ID 940 4683 2921   Passcode: lectio