Our hearts go out to the people of Paris

As the full horror of the tragedy of Notre Dame unfolds, we give thanks for the great bravery and dedication of the hundreds of firefighters who fought to extinguish the blaze for more than 12 hours.

When such iconic buildings are damaged or lost it goes to the very heart of who we are as a community and society. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those caught up in this dreadful disaster.


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Stunning! On a very hot sunny afternoon, what better than to collect your thoughts in the peace and tranquility of this beautiful cathedral.

A prayer for Notre Dame

by the Dean of Southwark, the Very reverend Andrew Nunn

Lord Jesus,
your broken body, laid aside,
rose in glory.

Give resurrection hope to the people of Paris
and all who grieve the destructive fire
at Notre Dame.

From the ashes may beauty once more arise,
as from the grave our new life comes.


Seigneur Jésus,
Ton corps brisé, enseveli,
est ressuscité dans la gloire.

Donne cet espoir de la résurrection au peuple de Paris
et à tous ceux qui pleurent l’incendie destructeur
de Notre Dame.

Que de ces cendres puisse renaître la beauté,
comme du tombeau resurgit notre nouvelle vie.


Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to Rochester Cathedral – a place of Christian worship since AD604.

Here women and men have brought the things of earth to touch the things of heaven; their joys and sorrows, the ups and downs of ordinary life.

Here, in the beauty of holiness, the finest that humans can muster has been the offering of the faithful.

Here there has been a welcome, based on the Benedictine tradition that every guest is “as Christ” to the community who gather here.

It is our prayer that through this website and when you visit us in person, you will find these principles lived out day by day in the life of the Cathedral.

Everyone is welcome to visit the Cathedral to take part in our services, admire our treasures and learn more of our stories. You can always be assured of a warm welcome whatever your motivation for visiting this special place.

Diocese of Rochester

The Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Rochester and Mother Church of the Diocese of Rochester. The diocese covers West Kent and the London Boroughs of Bromley and Bexley.

More information about the Diocese can be found on their website: www.rochester.anglican.org

Who's who in your Cathedral

Ever wondered who is in the Cathedral team? Click here to find out more! 


The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults visiting and participating in Cathedral activities is important to us. You can find out more about our safeguarding policies here.

music at the cathedral

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