March 20 2020:
Following guidance from the Church of England, as of 17th March 2020, Chichester Cathedral will no longer be holding its scheduled daily public services until further notice.
From this Sunday 22 March, every Sunday morning Eucharist service performed by the Cathedral clergy will be live streamed from the Cathedral’s website. The clergy continue to meet for prayer during the current crisis.
To watch from home, simply visit the Cathedral website before 10.00am and follow the link to ‘Worship’. This will direct you not only to the live stream, but provides other information including prayers for personal use at home.
The Dean of Chichester, the Very Reverend Stephen Waine, said “The doors of Chichester Cathedral remain open for private prayer. The Cathedral has been at the heart of the community for 900 years, and we will not only continue to be a centre of the Christian faith, but a place for support, peace and reflection which is open to everybody. Streaming our Sunday morning service is just one of the new ideas we are developing in order to continue the life and work of the Cathedral at this unprecedented time."
Please visit the Cathedral website for further updates concerning the Coronavirus outbreak.
Chichester Cathedral has been at the centre of life in Chichester for nearly 1000 years. Built to the glory of God, the Cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of Chichester which covers East and West Sussex.
We welcome anyone who wishes to attend our services, as well as visitors who wish to explore this beautiful site. Entry is free and the Cathedral is open every day all year round. Free guided tours for small groups run at 11.15am and 2.30pm from Monday to Saturday – tours last about an hour and there’s no need to book. There are a number of special trails for children of all ages to help them learn and have fun while exploring this wonderful building.
The Cathedral is a fascinating combination of both ancient and modern, where original medieval features sit alongside world famous contemporary artworks. It is renowned for its art, which includes paintings, tapestries, sculptures and stained glass. Contemporary works by acclaimed artists such as John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Marc Chagall and Philip Jackson, complement paintings and carvings from every century since the Cathedral’s foundation.
The Cloisters Café offers delicious homemade food from breakfast to afternoon tea, light snacks and indulgent lunches, as well as a tasty selection of affordable children’s meals. In the Shop there’s an opportunity to buy distinctive Cathedral souvenirs, unique jewellery created by local designers, Fairtrade gifts, traditional toys and sacred music. There is also a wide selection of books ranging from local interest titles to spirituality.
Check the Cathedral website for a vibrant calendar of events including exhibitions, talks, lectures, lunchtime and evening concerts, many free of charge. You are very welcome to drop in and join one of the daily services, or just wander freely in this extraordinary and atmospheric building