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.

Evening Prayer 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
7.40 Morning Prayer (CW)
12.30 Eucharist (CW)
17.30 Choral Evensong (BCP)

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
7.40 Morning Prayer (CW)
08.00 Eucharist (CW)
17.30 Choral Evensong (BCP) - said on Saturdays

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 2011 and 2012, such special services included:

  • The Homecoming of the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
  • The 90th Anniversary of the Cumberland Women's Institute
  • The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Society 150th Anniversary
  • Memorial Service for Andrew Seivewright, Master of the Music 1960 - 1991
  • The Centenary of the Girl Guides Association
  • The King James Bible 400th Anniversary
  • Road Peace Service
  • The Judge's Service
  • Christian Aid 'Nets Now' service
  • Hospice at Home 15th Anniversary service
  • The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

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 wendy@carlislecathedral.org.uk or telephone 01228 548071.