Our Services Explained

Services Explained

An overview of the regular services at Wells Cathedral


Holy Communion (8.30am BCP)  and the Cathedral Eucharist (10:30am)

The Eucharist or ‘thanksgiving’ is the principal act of worship at the Cathedral and is an enactment of the Last Supper described in the Gospels. In it, the Church rejoices in the love of God for the world, and for the presence of Jesus Christ, risen, ascended and glorified in the Church. The service contains readings from scripture, including the Gospels, prayers for the world and the great thanksgiving over the bread and wine – a meal in which all present are invited to share. In term time, there are appropriate activities for young accompanied children.

The 8.30am celebration on Sundays is according the Book of Common Prayer (1662) and uses traditional language. It is reflective and takes place in the Quire of the cathedral. The Cathedral Eucharist at 10:30am, which is held in the Nave of the Cathedral, uses contemporary language and is sung by the Cathedral Choir during term time and another choir outside term. The service is followed by coffee and community time.

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Choral Matins (11.30am)

Please note: The service of Choral Matins is currently suspended.

Choral Matins is sung Morning Prayer. It is usually sung by the Cathedral Choir and consists of canticles (songs), psalms and an anthem, together with readings from the old and new testaments, as well as prayers for the world. Hymns too are sung. It is a traditional language service using the Book of Common Prayer.

Choral Evensong (3.00pm)

Choral Evensong is a sung Evening Prayer, and contains similar elements to Matins, but with texts more appropriate for the end of the day, and is also sung by the Cathedral Choir during term time and another choir outside term. In addition to the elements mentioned above, there is also a short sermon or address.

Monday – Saturday

Morning Liturgy (Tuesday – Friday) (8.45am)

The Liturgy takes place every morning in the Lady Chapel and is a combination of Morning Prayer and the Eucharist. It is a quiet, contemplative gathering and functions as the Chapter’s (governing body’s) corporate act of worship. There is a sense in which it ‘hallows’ the Cathedral for whatever will happen in it that day.

Choral Evensong (5.15pm)

In addition to Sundays (described above), Evensong is sung daily by the Cathedral Choir during term time (and usually by visiting choirs out of term time). It is sung by the Choir (with a congregational hymn on feast days) and features music from the earliest plainsong to the most recent contemporary compositions. The Cathedral Choir has an exceptionally wide and varied repertoire.

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Sunday 22nd May: The Cathedral will be holding a special service of Thanksgiving for the Platinum Jubilee at 3pm to which all are warmly invited. There will be restricted access to visitors from 1.30pm, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.