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.

The Weekly community notices include the readings and special prayers used in the previous Sunday Eucharist. You might like to use these in your prayer. The website also hosts recordings of recent sermons and lists Weekly Intercessions for the Life of the Cathedral. 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

Prayers for Healing
A group meets each Monday at 12.30pm in the Gabriel Chapel for 40 minutes to pray for God’s healing for our world, for those who are in need, and for members of the community for whom our prayers are asked. Anyone is warmly invited to come along and join others in prayer.

Contemplative Prayer Group
A group meets on the second Monday of each month at 2.30pm in St John the Baptist Chapel to encounter God through silence and stillness. This group is open to all who wish to take part.

Lectio Divina Group
A group meets on Zoom each Wednesday evening at 8pm for prayerful reflection on the scriptures using a method of prayer called Lectio Divina
They are delighted to welcome new members.
Zoom Meeting ID: 940 4683 2921 Passcode: lectio

Prayer and Spirituality Events

From time to time, the Cathedral holds events on the theme of prayer and spirituality. In the recent past these have included a Week of Guided Prayer and a Prayer and Spirituality Day, ‘Come and See’, inviting people to try different methods of prayer.

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