We are Open for Worship, Private Prayer and Reflection!

07 July 2020

Following the recent closure of Exeter Cathedral due to coronavirus, we are delighted to be open again for worship, private prayer and reflection.

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Visiting for worship

Face coverings in the Cathedral

Following the introduction of new laws around wearing face coverings in places of worship, and guidance from the Church of England, it is a legal requirement that members of the congregation at all services, visitors, volunteers, and staff, wear face coverings in the Cathedral. This helps us keep one another safe. Some people are exempt from this requirement; please be sensitive to these: not all needs that exempt people are visible. Those who are leading, preaching, cantoring, reading, and interceding at public worship – who are well distanced from the congregation – need not wear face coverings whilst exercising these ministries.

On Sundays, there will be four services, all in the nave:

8am – Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer

10am – The Eucharist, Common Worship, with organ and singer – ticketed

12.15pm – The Eucharist, Common Worship, with organ and singer – ticketed

4pm – Evening Prayer, Book of Common Prayer, with organ and singer

For the 10am service, we shall place chairs at a distance of 1m.

At 12.15, we shall maintain a distance of 2m, for those who are more cautious about meeting with others. Apart from this, it will be an exact re-run of the 10am service.

We are ticketing the 10am and 12.15pm services, to help ensure that we don’t have to turn people away at the door – since we have to be rigorous in limiting the number of people inside. Tickets for the next Sunday services will be available using the links below, from 4pm every Tuesday:

The 10am and 4pm services will also be live-streamed on Facebook for those who would prefer to join in at home.

[email protected] and Holy Ground will continue on Zoom until the beginning of September.


Weekday services (Monday-Saturday):

Morning Prayer will continue on Zoom at 9am each day.

There will be two daily services, both at the High Altar:

1.15pm – The Eucharist, Common Worship

5pm – Evening Prayer, Book of Common Prayer


Important guidelines if you are visiting for worship:

If you are planning to attend one of our services, please be aware of the following measures to help ensure a safe environment:

  • People will be asked to sanitise their hands as they enter the Cathedral, and again as they queue to receive Holy Communion.
  • People are of course welcome to wear face coverings, though this may make Communion more complicated (since we are advised not to play about with a face mask once it is in place).
  • All the chairs used will be cleaned between services.
  • Holy Communion will be in one kind (i.e. just the consecrated wafer).
  • Sadly there can be no singing by the congregation, until the Government advises that this is a safe thing to do.
  • Paper service sheets will be taken away after the service. Any prayer books used will be quarantined before re-use.
  • As you will understand, we cannot open our WCs, and there will be no refreshments offered for the foreseeable future.
  • To allow the cleaning of the Cathedral, we shall have to ask people who want to socialise to move outside the Cathedral, and converse at a safe distance.


Visiting for Private Prayer and Reflection


Opening times for private prayer and reflection are Monday to Saturday: 10am – 4pm

Before visiting us, please click on the link below for further information. Thank you.

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