Our Services Explained

Covid precautions


Face Coverings
From 19 July, face coverings in places of worship are no longer mandatory, though a recommendation that people wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed settings remains. The Dean and Chapter leave the decision on whether to wear a face covering up to individuals. During the distribution of communion, the distributing clergy will wear a face covering.

Social Distancing
In line with the relaxation of government restrictions, Exeter Cathedral has reduced the gap between seats to a minimum of one metre. Please be mindful and respectful of one another. Some people still wish to remain distanced and may be anxious about coming into close proximity with others.

Holy Communion
Communion will be offered in one kind only (consecrated bread). If you wish to receive communion, please follow the directions of the sidesmen, joining the appropriate queue and returning to your seats via the side aisles. Gluten-free wafers will be available at all communion stations. If you require a gluten-free wafer, please indicate this to the clergy.

Singing is now permitted and congregational hymns are included in our services. Where possible, and in line with the Church of England’s guidance and best practice, we will be opening doors around the Cathedral to aid ventilation.


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.

18.00 [email protected]

A simple, reflective Eucharist with plenty of opportunity to get to know one another. Sometimes [email protected] is replaced with Holy Ground, a longer service with a visiting speaker (see below).

18.00 Holy Ground

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, where 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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