Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn

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Lancashire's Anglican Cathedral is a striking building, set in the centre of the former cotton town of Blackburn. Architecturally, the Cathedral is a neat synthesis of the 1826 Parish Church (designed in Strawberry Hill Gothic by John Palmer, also architect of nearby Pleasington Priory) and the later extensions carried out by W A Forsyth and Laurence King after the creation of the Diocese of Blackburn in 1926. The Cathedral's distinctive lantern tower and spire make it easily identifiable.

As comments in the Visitors' Book frequently attest, the Cathedral is an oasis of calm in the centre of a busy town, and provides a space where people of all faiths are welcome, and do come to pray or spend a moment of quiet during the day.

The Cathedral contains a large collection of modern art, including works by John Hayward, Josefina de Vasconcellos and Mark Jalland, and The Journey, a series of paintings by Penny Warden that parallel the Stations of the Cross and stained glass by Edward Burne-Jones, John Hayward and Linda Walton, whose vibrantly-coloured lantern tower glass is one of the finest beauties of the building.

Cafe Northcote at the Cathedral is open Monday to Saturday (8.00am to 5.00pm) and Sunday (10.00am to 4.00pm). Choral services are maintained almost daily and full details of services and other musical events can be obtained at www.blackburncathedral.com

Situated immediately adjacent to Blackburn's train and bus stations, the Cathedral is easily accessed by public transport and is a short walk from several car parks. There is, regrettably, no parking available on site.

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Pauline Rowe
Cathedral Offices,
Cathedral House,
Blackburn
Lancashire,
BB1 5AA
(01254) 277430 (Dean's PA and Office Manager)

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Sunday

Holy Communion
A celebration of Holy Communion, according to the Book of Common Prayer.
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Parish Eucharist
A modern language celebration of the Eucharist, sung in term time by the Young People's Choir. During choir holidays, a congregational communion setting and hymns are sung.
Sung in term time.
Every Sunday at 9:00 AM for 50 minutes
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship
The Cathedral Eucharist
A celebration of the Eucharist, according to Common Worship (traditional language), sung by the Cathedral Choir during term time and by visiting choirs during choir holidays.
Every Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship
Evensong
Choral Evensong with a short address, sung in term time by the Cathedral Choir, and by visiting choirs during choir holidays.
Sung during term time and on most Sundays in choir holidays.
Every Sunday at 4:00 PM for 55 minutes
Book of Common Prayer

Monday

Morning Prayer
The office is said every morning at 8.40 (at 9 on Saturdays) in the Jesus Chapel.
Every Monday at 8:40 AM for 20 minutes
Holy Communion
Every Monday at 12:30 PM for ½ hour
Common Worship

Tuesday

Morning Prayer
The office is said every morning at 8.40 (at 9 on Saturdays) in the Jesus Chapel.
Every Tuesday at 8:40 AM for 20 minutes
Holy Communion
Every Tuesday at 12:30 PM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Evensong
Choral Evensong, sung by the Cathedral Girls' Choir (Tuesday), Cathedral Choristers (Wednesday), Schola Cantorum (Thursday) and Cathedral Consort (Friday).
Choral Evensong is sung from Tuesday to Friday each week during term time (except in December), and occasionally on Saturdays. Please check the Cathedral website for full details of choral services and music lists.
Every Tuesday at 5:15 PM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer

Wednesday

Morning Prayer
The office is said every morning at 8.40 (at 9 on Saturdays) in the Jesus Chapel.
Every Wednesday at 8:40 AM for 20 minutes
Holy Communion
Every Wednesday at 11:00 AM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Evensong
Choral Evensong, sung by the Cathedral Girls' Choir (Tuesday), Cathedral Choristers (Wednesday), Schola Cantorum (Thursday) and Cathedral Consort (Friday).
Choral Evensong is sung from Tuesday to Friday each week during term time (except in December), and occasionally on Saturdays. Please check the Cathedral website for full details of choral services and music lists.
Every Wednesday at 5:15 PM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer

Thursday

Morning Prayer
The office is said every morning at 8.40 (at 9 on Saturdays) in the Jesus Chapel.
Every Thursday at 8:40 AM for 20 minutes
Holy Communion
Every Thursday at 12:30 PM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Evensong
Choral Evensong, sung by the Cathedral Girls' Choir (Tuesday), Cathedral Choristers (Wednesday), Schola Cantorum (Thursday) and Cathedral Consort (Friday).
Choral Evensong is sung from Tuesday to Friday each week during term time (except in December), and occasionally on Saturdays. Please check the Cathedral website for full details of choral services and music lists.
Every Thursday at 5:15 PM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer

Friday

Morning Prayer
The office is said every morning at 8.40 (at 9 on Saturdays) in the Jesus Chapel.
Every Friday at 8:40 AM for 20 minutes
Holy Communion
Every Friday at 12:30 PM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Evensong
Choral Evensong, sung by the Cathedral Girls' Choir (Tuesday), Cathedral Choristers (Wednesday), Schola Cantorum (Thursday) and Cathedral Consort (Friday).
Choral Evensong is sung from Tuesday to Friday each week during term time (except in December), and occasionally on Saturdays. Please check the Cathedral website for full details of choral services and music lists.
Every Friday at 5:15 PM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer

Saturday

Morning Prayer
Morning Prayer on Saturdays is said at 9 am and is followed by the Eucharist at 9.30.
Every Saturday at 9:00 AM for 20 minutes
Evening Prayer
Evening Prayer is generally said on Saturdays, although visiting choirs will occasionally sing Evensong. Please check the cathedral website for details.
Every Saturday at 3:00 PM for 20 minutes

Features

Toilets

Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Wall Paintings Floodlight
Organ

 
     
Guided Tours Guidebooks
Cafe / Restaurant Shop

Foodbank or foodbank collection point
Hall for Hire For enquiries regarding bookings or guided tours, please contact Phil Hunwick, Events and Bookings Co-ordinator, by email: phil.hunwich@blackburncathedral.co.uk or by phone: 01254 277439
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 11416
Built: 1826 (as Blackburn Parish Church)
Architect: John Palmer
Archdeaconry: Cathedral or Unknown (530)
Benefice: Blackburn Cathedral (03/923 M)
Parish Legal Name: St. Mary the Virgin and St. Paul Blackburn (530001 )
CofE Church Info: (603001 3/1)
Short URL: acny.uk/11416/
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The current editor is: Pauline Rowe

This page was last updated on Thursday 6th July 2017
 
 
 
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