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The cathedral has been a place of worship for more than a millennium. Each year we host over 1,400 services, welcoming thousands of visitors and pilgrims.

Public services have resumed at Durham Cathedral. Many of our services will continue to be broadcast online, find out how to watch on our online worship resources page.

Sunday services

  • 8.30am Morning Prayer (Book of Common Prayer). This service is live streamed only - available online.
  • 9.30am Holy Communion (Common Worship). This service takes place in the Cathedral - prior booking is required.  It will also be live-streamed online. You are welcome to come to the Cathedral or join online. 
  • 11.30am Holy Communion (Common Worship). This service takes place in the Cathedral - prior booking is required.  This service is not available online.  You are welcome to come to the Cathedral. 
  • 3.30pm Choral Evensong (Book of Common Prayer). This service is pre-recorded and is online only. 

Daily services Monday to Saturday 

  • 8.30am Morning Prayer (Common Worship). This service takes place in the Cathedral and is live-streamed online.  You are welcome to come to the Cathedral or join online. 
  • 5.15pm Evening Prayer (Book of Common Prayer). This service takes place in the Cathedral and is live-streamed online. You are welcome to come to the Cathedral or join online. 
     
Please note:
On Friday 31 July there will be no services inside the cathedral. Live-streams of Morning and Evening Prayer will happen as usual on our facebook page.

Book to come to a Sunday service

For track and trace purposes and to manage the number of people inside the cathedral, advance booking is required for the 9.30am and 11.30am Sunday Holy Communion services.

If you have problems with our online booking system, or you don’t have an internet connection, cathedral staff will make every effort to accommodate you at the service and will take your details at the door.

Book your place for the service you’d like to attend on our What’s On page.

What to expect at a Durham Cathedral service

This short video, narrated by Canon Michael Hampel, guides you through the measures we're taking to keep our congregation, staff and volunteers safe from COVID-19.

When you hover over the video, click on the arrows icon to view the video fullscreen.

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How have services changed due to COVID-19?

For all services:

  • Face coverings must be worn inside Durham Cathedral, except for children under the age of 11 and people unable to wear face coverings for specific reasons. Read more in the FAQs on this page.
  • Socially-distanced seating has been introduced. Those in one social bubble will be able to sit together.
  • Sadly there will be no singing or choral music at present. As more direction is given by the government and the Church of England on singing and choirs we will provide updates here.
  • Many services will continue to be broadcast online on our Facebook page and Youtube channel. Find out how to take part in all our online services on our online worship resources page.
 

For specific services:

Sunday Holy Communion 

Both Sunday Holy Communion services are the same; there are two services to ensure social distancing. The services will be said, with a sermon and organ music. The Peace will shared verbally. Communion will be distributed in one kind only, the consecrated bread, by clergy wearing face coverings.

Daily Monday to Saturday services

You will need to bring you own prayer book and bible. Alternatively you can download the Church of England’s daily prayer app on your smartphone or tablet to follow the service. 

Other safety measures in place at the cathedral

We have already introduced safety procedures to keep you and our staff and volunteers safe. 

  • regular cleaning of the cathedral
  • social distancing and pews widely separated
  • a one-way system around the cathedral's nave (with entry via the Galilee Chapel and exit via the North Door)
  • hand sanitiser for staff and members of the public
  • specially trained staff on duty
  • protective screen at the visitor desk 
  • additional signage
  • limited number of people allowed in the building

If you have further questions about coming to Durham Cathedral for a service, read our answers to frequently asked questions at the bottom of our opening times page.

Service schedules

Durham Cathedral's response to Coronavirus

We publish details of current and recent service schedules which are downloadable in PDF format. Forthcoming fortnightly schedules are usually available 3 days in advance.

If you would like to see a record of a past service, please contact enquiries@durhamcathedral.co.uk stating the date.

2020 - Monday 9 March - Sunday 22 March

2020 - Monday 24 February - Sunday 8 March

2020 - Monday 10 February - Sunday 23 February

2020 - Monday 27 January - Sunday 9 February

2020 - Monday 13 January - Sunday 26 January

2019 - Monday 30 December - Sunday 12 January

2019 - Monday 16 December - Sunday 29 December

2019 - Monday 2 December - Sunday 15 December

2019 - Monday 18 November - Sunday 1 December

2019 - Monday 4 November - Sunday 17 November

2019 - Monday 21 October - Sunday 3 November

2019 - Monday 7 October - Sunday 20 October

2019 - Monday 23 September - Sunday 6 October

2019 - Monday 9 September - Sunday 22 September

2019 - Monday 26 August - Sunday 8 September

2019 - Monday 12 August - Sunday 25 August

2019 - Monday 29 July - Sunday 11 August

2019 - Monday 15 July - Sunday 28 July

2019 - Monday 1 July - Sunday 14 July

2019 - Monday 17 June - Sunday 30 June

2019 - Monday 3 June - Sunday 16 June

2019 - Monday 20 May - Sunday 2 June

2019 - Monday 6 May - Sunday 19 May

2019 - Monday 22 April - Sunday 5 May

2019 - Monday 8 April - Sunday 21 April 2019

2019 - Monday 25 March - Sunday 7 April

2019 - Monday 11 March - Sunday 24 March

2019 - Monday 25 February - Sunday 10 March

2019 - Monday 11 February - Sunday 24 February

2019 - Monday 28 January - Sunday 10 February 

2019 - Monday 14 January - Sunday 27 January

2018 - Monday 31 December - 2019 - Sunday 13 January 

2018 - Monday 17 December - Sunday 30 December 

2018 - Monday 3 December - Sunday 16 December 

2018 - Monday 19 November - Sunday 2 December 

2018 - Monday 5 November - Sunday 18 November 

2018 - Monday 22 October - Sunday 4 November

2018 - Monday 8 October - Sunday 21 October

2018 - Monday 24 September - Sunday 7 October

2018 - Monday 10 September - Sunday 23 September 

2018 - Monday 27 August - Sunday 9 September

2018 - Monday 13 August - Sunday 26 August

2018 - Monday 30 July - Sunday 12 August 

2018 - Monday 16 July - Sunday 29 July

2018 - Monday 2 July - Sunday 15 July

2018 - Monday 18 June - Sunday 1 July

2018 - Monday 4 June to Sunday 17 June

2018 - Monday 21 May to Sunday 3 June

2018 - Monday 7 to Sunday 20 May

2018 - Monday 23 April Sunday 6 May

2018 - Monday 9 to Sunday 22 April

2018 - Monday 26 March to Sunday 8 April (inc Easter)

2018 - Monday 12 to Sunday 25 March

2018 - Monday 26 February to Sunday 11 March

2018 - Monday 12 February to Sunday 25 February

2018 - Monday 29 January to Sunday 11 February

2018 - Monday 15 January to Sunday 28 January

2018 - Monday 1 January to Sunday 14 January

 

 

 

 

Praying Together archive

This resource can be used as an aid to private prayer and worship. Older editions of Praying Together can be found below. View the current edition on our online worship resources page.

Praying Together during the week commencing Sunday 19 July - the sixth Sunday after Trinity

Praying Together during the week commencing Sunday 12 July - the fifth Sunday after Trinity

Praying Together during the week commencing Sunday 5 July - the fourth Sunday after Trinity

Praying Together during the week commencing Sunday 28 June - the third Sunday after Trinity

Praying Together during the week commencing Sunday 21 June - the second Sunday after Trinity

Praying Together for the week commencing Sunday 14 June - the first Sunday after Trinity

Praying Together for the week commencing Sunday 7 June - Trinity Sunday

Praying Together for the week commencing Sunday 31 May - Pentecost

Praying Together for the week commencing Sunday 24 May- the Seventh Sunday of Easter

Praying Together for the week commencing Sunday 17 May- the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Praying Together for the week commencing Sunday 10 May - the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Praying Together for the week commencing Sunday 3 May - the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Praying Together for the week commencing Sunday 26 April - the Third Sunday of Easter.

Praying Together for the week commencing Sunday 19 April - the Second Sunday of Easter.

Praying Together for the week commencing 12 April - Easter Day

Praying Together incorporating addresses given on Good Friday - The Three Hours

Praying Together incorporating the addresses given at the service of Compline - 6, 7 and 8 April 

Praying Together for the week commencing Sunday 5 April - Palm Sunday 

 

Collections

Ten per cent of all collections is given to the Chapter’s discretionary fund for charities. The remainder goes towards the mission and ministry of the Cathedral.

Special Services

During the year we hold many special liturgical events and services that bring people and communities together.

More about our special services