Our Services Explained

Following temporary closure due to coronavirus, Exeter Cathedral is now open for worship, private prayer and reflection.Please click here for more details, and links for booking advance tickets>

Several services take place in Exeter Cathedral each day and there is usually an opportunity to hear the Cathedral Choir singing (during term time and at Christmas, Easter and other special days). If you are looking for a church to attend in Exeter we look forward to welcoming you.

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.

Please note: the times below reflect our regular pattern of services. Before you make a special journey, please be sure to look at the current service schedule.

Weekdays at the Cathedral

Entry for said Morning Prayer (08.00 Monday to Saturday) and the said service of Holy Communion (08.20 Monday to Saturday) is via the north porch (on the side of the Cathedral behind the statue of Richard Hooker).

17.30 Choral Evensong (45 minutes. As of this year, Choral Evensong will also begin at 17.30 on Saturdays)

The service of sung Evensong follows the traditional liturgy of the Book of Common prayer enriched by the wonderful choral tradition. The majority of the service is sung by the Cathedral Choir and includes prayers and an anthem.

Sundays at the Cathedral

Sunday mornings begin with Morning Prayer (07.30), followed by Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer (08.00).

10.00 Choral Eucharist (70 minutes with sermon)

Everyone is welcome at our main service of the week. The music is normally led by the Cathedral Choir (accompanied by our recently restored organ) and includes congregational hymns.

Children and young people are particularly welcome and are well catered-for at our crèche (under 4s) and ‘Cloister Club’ (ages 4-12+).
After the service we serve fresh coffee in the nave of the Cathedral, offering a chance to get to know each other better and to welcome newcomers.

16.00 Choral Evensong (50 minutes with sermon)

Choral evensong is held in the Quire of the Cathedral every Sunday at 4pm and all are warmly welcome. The service follows the traditional liturgy of the Book of Common prayer enriched by the wonderful choral tradition. The majority of the service is sung by the Cathedral Choir and includes prayers and an Anthem and there is a short sermon. Service cards are provided to enable all, regardless of church background, to participate.

19.00 Sundays @ 7

The service is held in the Chapter House at 19.00 and takes the form of a simple, reflective Eucharist with plenty of opportunity to get to know one another over coffee. The second Sunday of each month continues as Holy Ground.

19.00 Holy Ground (usually the Second Sunday of each month)

Holy Ground is an exciting opportunity to explore, question and express Christian spirituality and values in a beautiful and ancient setting. All are welcome at Holy Ground which takes place on the second Sunday of every month and is a mixture of creativity and contemplation. At Holy Ground, we enjoy combining creative approaches to spirituality with stimulating and open-minded discussions about Christianity and its contexts, as well as creating spaces for quiet reflection upon God, ourselves and the world.

Holy Ground is a chance for those from all Christian traditions to explore their ideas and beliefs in the open and generous setting of Exeter Cathedral, as well as a place for all those who are simply curious about Christianity and about God, irrespective of background or tradition.

We enjoy a creative and contemplative act of worship, at the heart of which is a celebration of the Holy Communion or Lord’s Supper. This part of the evening lasts approximately 45 minutes and is followed by coffee.

We then welcome a guest speaker. This is a great chance to hear talks on matters of faith, arts and social justice, and to engage in discussion and debate with others in a lively and open-minded setting. Recent speakers have included Brian McLaren, Dave Tomlinson and Jayne Ozanne.

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