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A Message from the Dean

UPDATE: Tier 3 opening

From Wednesday 2nd December, in line with new Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions, the Cathedral will be open for public services of worship and private prayer. Our daily online worship will also continue.

The Cathedral will be closed to visitors but the Precincts will be open to the public, free of charge, as an outside space for exercise.

Our Cathedral Shop will also be open each day. The Cathedral Lodge and Library reading room will remain closed.

Open for private prayer

The Cathedral will be open for private prayer from 11.00 – 16.00, Monday – Saturday and 12.00 - 16.00 on Sundays. Track and trace procedures will be followed for entry for private prayer, and you will be asked for your contact details upon entry to the Cathedral.

Precincts open for exercise

The south side of the Precincts will be open to the public, free of charge, as an outside space for exercise from 11.00 – 16.00, Monday – Saturday and 12.00 - 16.00 on Sundays. Track and trace details are not required for those who are only walking through the Precincts.

Cathedral Shop open

Our Shop in the Precincts will be open from 11.00 – 16.00, Monday – Saturday and 12.00 – 16.00 on Sundays. We also offer Click and Collect and worldwide shipping via our online shop.

Help and support

The Cathedral supports Porchlight and Canterbury Food Bank. Visit their sites to get involved or to discover the help and support available.

Daily worship: services within the Cathedral from 2nd December 2020


Book of Common Prayer Eucharist (Our Lady Undercroft) 08.00
Matins (Jesus Chapel) 09.00
Sung Eucharist (Nave) – pre-booking required (click here to book online)* 10.30
Choral Evensong (Nave) 17.30

Monday - Friday

Matins (Jesus Chapel) 07.30
Eucharist (Our Lady Undercroft) 08.00
Choral Evensong (Nave) 17.30


Eucharist (Our Lady Undercroft) 08.00
Matins (Jesus Chapel) 09.00
Choral Evensong (Nave) 17.30
You must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble, unless a legal exemption applies. All are welcome and there is no charge to attend a service. * Even when tickets run out for our 10.30 Sunday Eucharist, we may have space to admit those who show up on the day on a first-come first-served basis.

Daily worship: online services

The following services are broadcast on our homepage and on the Cathedral's YouTube channel.
Morning Prayer by 10.00 each day
Evening Prayer by 17.30 each day
Choral Evensong Live stream at 17.30 each day
Sunday Eucharist Live stream at 10.30
Sunday Compline by 20.00
To receive notifications when new videos are available, please subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Christmas worship

If in-person worship at Christmas is permitted within coronavirus guidelines, the Cathedral will also hold special services as follows:

Thursday 24 December:

Friday 25 December:

Tuesday 29 December:

Because of social distancing requirements there is very limited capacity at all these services. Entry will be by pre-booked (free) ticket only.

Tickets will be available online on a first-come-first-served basis and will be released at 19.00 on Monday 7th December with the link to apply for them here on the Cathedral website.

Please be considerate of others and only book tickets for one of the Christmas services. Each service will be available to watch online via the Cathedral website.

The Cathedral will also be producing Online Carol Services for Christmas, which will be available on our website. Other in-person worship over the Christmas season, if allowed, will continue according to the regular schedule.

Morning Prayer

See the text for T.S. Eliot’s Little Gidding in full.

This week is National Tree Week, being run by the National Tree Council to mark the start of tree-planting season in the UK. With this week the organisation seeks to remind us of the beauty of trees but also to highlight their importance both locally and globally to all life on this planet that we call home. To find out more about the mission of this wonderful charity please click here – and maybe think about whether you might be able to help the efforts in planting a tree yourself or encouraging a friend to, however large or small, or perhaps just take note of them when next outside. Each day we will be looking at a different native tree, many of which can be found in the Deanery Gardens and will feature in the Morning Prayer, and we would encourage you to click here for each day’s feature…

Evening Prayer

Choral Evensong

Click here to download the Evensong Order of Service, and click here for our Music List.

Sunday Sung Eucharist

Click here to download this week’s Order of Service, and click here for our Music List.

Sunday Compline

Other videos by our clergy

The Cathedral’s clergy have created a range of other online content including a video series on the 14th-century English anchoress and mystic Julian of Norwich, the Dean of Canterbury’s readings of classic tales, and video feeds of the Deanery Garden and its animals. Click on the links below to watch these.

Julian of Norwich video series

Readings by The Dean

From The Deanery Garden

Today’s Prayer

As we give thanks for the lifting of lockdown restrictions in some parts of the world, we pray for responsibility in our use of this new freedom:

God of all goodness,
we give you thanks for the freedoms that some are now able to enjoy,
and for the encouragement and relief that they bring.
Grant us all your wisdom,
that we may rejoice in new possibilities,
while maintaining at all times the safety of ourselves, others, and our communities,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Lord bless us and keep us, the Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us, the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen.

Supporting Us

The miracle is that this Cathedral was built by ordinary men and women like ourselves. It is our responsibility to hand that inheritance into the future.

Victor De Waal, Dean of Canterbury (1977)

The coronavirus crisis means that we need your support more than ever. The Cathedral is one of the world’s Holy Places, a special site of unique significance where worship and pilgrimage has been part of daily life for over 1,400 years.

The Cathedral has lost over £3million during the coronavirus pandemic. We do not receive any funding from the Church, the Crown, or the Government.

Please help us to secure the future of the Cathedral during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond by donating to support our ministry and our stewardship of this truly special place.

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