There are 1317 routine services in Durham Cathedral every year. These include daily services of Holy Communion, Morning and Evening Prayer (said or sung), and weekly prayers for peace and justice. In addition, last year, there were 135 special liturgical events and services bringing vast numbers of people from different parts of the country (and, indeed, the world) and from all walks of life to celebrate the Christian faith in a wide variety of ways.
Sometimes, no more than a handful of people attends the early morning service of Holy Communion in one of our side chapels. On Christmas Eve, over 3000 people crowd the building for the great Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols!
The Sunday services are sung by Durham Cathedral Choir or a visiting choir. In general, Evensong is sung every day except Monday.
Schedule of Regular Services
Regular services are subject to occasional variation. Please check the current service schedule for details.
|8.00am||Holy Communion||Book of Common Prayer|
|10.00am||Matins||Book of Common Prayer|
|11.15am||Sung Eucharist||Common Worship Order One|
|3.30pm||Evensong||Book of Common Prayer|
|7.30am||Holy Communion||DLI Chapel, Book of Common Prayer (Wednesdays Only)|
|8.45am||Morning Prayer||Common Worship|
|12.30pm||Holy Communion||Common Worship Order One|
|5.15pm||Evensong||Book of Common Prayer (Tuesday - Saturday)|
|5.15pm||Evening Prayer||Book of Common Prayer (Monday)|
Regular services are subject to occasional variation. Please check the latest service schedule for details.
|Monday||12.30pm||Aidan Altar||CW Order One|
|Tuesday||12.30pm||Alternating between Hild and Margaret altars||CW Order One|
|12.30pm||Gregory (Winter) / Galilee (Summer)||CW Order One|
|Thursday||12.30pm||Gregory (Winter) /Galilee (Summer)||CW Order One|
|Friday||12.30pm||Feretory||CW Order One|
|Saturday||12.30pm||Gregory Chapel||CW Order One|
Eucharist on Feasts, Festivals and during Lent and Holy Week
There will also be 7.30 am celebrations of Holy Communion on Principal Feasts (Christmas Day, The Epiphany, The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas), The Annunciation, Easter Day, Ascension Day, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, All Saints Day), on Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent, and Monday to Thursday in Holy Week.
Celebrations on Festivals will use Common Worship Order One and will take place at the High Altar (with a few exceptions - please see the service schedule). During Lent and Holy Week, the Book of Common Prayer will be used.