Daily Services

Worship is at the heart of the Cathedral's life. Morning and Evening Prayer is offered here every day. At some point during the day, the Eucharist (the Holy Communion) is celebrated. In the Eucharist we acknowledge God's activity in us and in the world and, together as Christ's body, know new life in him.

The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is regularly used at Evening Prayer. Common Worship (CW) is used at most other services.

Evensong is sung in term time every day except Saturday.

The daily pattern of prayer:

07.40 Morning Prayer (CW)
08.00 Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30 The Cathedral Eucharist (CW)
15.00 Choral Evensong (BCP)

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
8.00 Morning Prayer (CW)
12.30 Eucharist (CW)
17.45 Choral Evensong (BCP)

Tuesdays and Thursdays 
08.00 Morning Prayer (CW)
08.00 Eucharist (CW)
17.45 Choral Evensong (BCP) 


08.00 Morning Prayer (CW)

08.00 Eucharist (CW)

15.00 Evening Prayer (BCP)


12.30pm The Offering of the Incense


Special Services

It is a particular privilege of the Cathedral to be able to host many special services in the course of the year. These services seek to respond to particular causes for celebration or of sadness in the life of the county, city or the nation. Organisations also regularly approach the Cathedral to ask that an act of worship be held which allows them to offer thanksgiving and prayer for the work in which they are engaged.

In 2017- 2018 such special services have included:

  • NHS 70th Anniversary Service
  • University of Cumbria 10th anniversary service
  • The Homecoming of the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
  • The Judges' Service 
  • Battle of Britain Service
  • Christian Aid Service
  • Eden Valley Hospice Carol Service
  • Duke of Lancaster’s Regimental Carol Service
  • Children’s Society Christingle Service
  • Dementia - Friendly Service

Organisations wishing to hold a special service at the Cathedral are asked to contact the Commercial and Administration Co-ordinator in the first instance. Contact office@carlislecathedral.org.uk or telephone 01228 548151

We have a special Taizé service on the third Sunday every month. Find out more about this gentle and reflective style of worship here.