Services

Introduction

Rochester Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship since AD604. With its roots in the Benedictine tradition, the ongoing daily pattern of morning and evening prayer and Eucharist (or Holy Communion) continues the prayers and praises of countless generations in this Cathedral.


Holy Communion

Holy Communion (also known as the Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, or the Mass) is celebrated daily in the Cathedral.  In this service:

  • we gather as the church, the body of Christ
  • we listen to God’s word
  • we give thanks over bread and wine for all that Jesus has done and continues to do for us and remember the meal Jesus shared with his disciples on the night before he died
  •  we are sent out to serve God’s world

There is a said service of Holy Communion at 08:00 Monday to Friday (09:00 on Saturdays and Bank Holidays) and also at 13:00 on Thursdays. The service lasts approximately half an hour. On Sundays, there is a Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at 08:00 and Sung Eucharist at 10:30.

The Cathedral Eucharist

The Cathedral Eucharist is a sung celebration of Holy Communion with beautiful music and the richness of the liturgy, as we gather to celebrate all that Jesus has done and continues to do for us. There are hymns and songs, a choir, usually a sermon, and the service lasts about an hour and a quarter.

There is a Cathedral Eucharist every Sunday (and on Christmas Day) at 10:30 and on other special days in the church’s calendar throughout the year usually at 17.30.

Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer is a service of prayer and praise to begin the day.

A simple, said service of Morning Prayer, which lasts approximately 15 minutes, takes place at 07:45 Monday to Friday and at 08:45 on Saturdays, Bank Holidays and certain other days during the year.

Morning Prayer is sung most Sundays (Choral Mattins) at 09:45.

Choral Evensong

As the day begins with Morning Prayer, so the day ends with an evening service of prayer and praise, using the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer. This is normally sung by the Cathedral Choir (lasting about 40 minutes) at 17:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 15:15 at weekends, Bank Holidays and certain other days during the year.

Choral Evensong outside of choir terms is sung by a visiting choir or replaced by said Evening Prayer – please check the current Music List (above) for details.

 
 

Music List

To view the detailed schedule of services and any changes to the regular pattern of services for the next few weeks, please see the ‘Music List’, which can be found here:

August 2018

You may wish to check this before your visit if you are planning to join us for sung services.


Usual pattern of services

Sunday

08:00 Holy Communion Book of Common Prayer
09:45 Choral Mattins
10:30 The Cathedral Eucharist

15:15 Choral Evensong

Monday to Friday

07:45 Morning Prayer
08:00 Holy Communion
17:30 Choral Evensong
(On Wednesday Evening Prayer replaces Evensong)
(On Thursday, there is a service of Holy Communion at 13:00)

Saturday

08:45 Morning Prayer
09:00 Holy Communion
15:15 Choral Evensong

Bank holiday worship times

08:45 Morning Prayer
09:00 Holy Communion
15:15 Choral Evensong/Evening Prayer

Choral Evensong outside of choir terms is sung by a visiting choir or replaced by said Evening Prayer.

Please see the Music List above for details of services and changes to the usual pattern.