From Monday 6 July, we will be resuming public worship within Hereford Cathedral.

Weekday Services

8 am Morning Prayer
11.15 am The Eucharist (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday)
The Eucharist will be celebrated at 12.15 pm on Wednesday and at 8.30 am on Saturday.
4.30 pm Evening Prayer

Sunday Services (from 12 July)

8 am Holy Communion (BCP 1662)
10 am Cathedral Eucharist
11.30 am Morning Prayer
3.30 pm Evening Prayer

Face Coverings Update (Friday 24 July)

On Thursday 23 July, the Church of England issued this new guidance: We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19) and that they are not a replacement for social distancing and regular hand washing.

As this guidance is advisory, rather than mandatory, the Chapter is content to leave the decision about wearing masks to each individual. In order not to impair audibility during public worship, clergy and other people who have speaking parts in the service will not wear masks, but the priests who are administering holy communion will wear a mask during the time of administration.

The safety of our congregation and visitors is paramount, and so we have put in place a number of measures to enhance everyone’s safety and well-being, in accordance with national guidelines. As many aspects of our worship will be different from how things used to be, here are some points to bear in mind.

  • Please arrive in good time for services, as everyone attending an act of worship must have contact details recorded, creating a record that we are required to keep for 21 days, as a part of the NHS Test & Trace system.
  • A one-way system is in operation through the cathedral, with entry to all services through the door in the Booth Porch, where everyone is asked to use the hand sanitizer: please maintain the two-metre distance rule wherever you can, and leave by St John’s Door after the service.
  • The toilets will be open to worshippers, but not to the public, with cleaners on duty before, during, and after services.
  • All the pews have been removed, and plastic chairs (which are easier to clean) will be placed at two-metre gaps in the nave, north transept, and Lady Chapel: some chairs will be in pairs, so that people from the same household may sit together, if they wish.
  • Prayer books and seasonal orders of service will be available for you to pick up as you arrive, and they will be put away and quarantined for at least 48 hours after use.
  • Pew sheets may be taken home or placed in a waste bin as you leave.
  • As singing is not yet permitted, hymnbooks will not be needed.
  • It is not yet clear when choral services might resume, but research is currently being co-ordinated by the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to establish the risks involved in singing and, in due course, that research will inform government guidelines.

In celebrations of the Eucharist:

  • the Peace will not be exchanged physically;
  • only the presiding priest will receive from the chalice, and everyone else will receive only the consecrated bread, which will be dropped by the priest onto the communicant’s hand – placing the host onto the tongue is not permitted
  • The priest will sanitize his/her hands immediately before and after the administration
    collections will not be taken at the Offertory, but there will be a retiring collection of stewardship envelopes or cash, and contactless donation machines will also be available.
  • The signing-in procedure will be necessary for all services.

The Chapter recognises that many members of the cathedral congregation are vulnerable or of an age where staying at home is still firm governmental and public health advice. We recommend, therefore, that those of you who are aged 70 years and over should carefully consider and then decide on the balance of risk to your health before deciding to attend public worship; and our strong advice to those of you who are extremely clinically vulnerable is that you should not yet attend public worship.

For those people who are unable to join us for services in the cathedral, the Chapter is producing a weekly webcast of Sunday Morning Worship, which can be found on the cathedral website, where Tim Symons, our Liturgy and Music Administrator, regularly posts podcasts of the cathedral choir singing Choral Evensong. The pew sheet will continue to be available by email, or in printed form for those people who do not have access to the internet or a computer. In these ways, we hope to provide sufficient spiritual nourishment to sustain everyone through these challenging times. 

If you have any concerns or questions about returning for public worship, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the cathedral team or email [email protected]