Faith & Worship


My Prayer

Since the 12th century, the Cathedral has been a house of prayer. Join your prayers with those from every place and every age. All prayers will be read out in the Cathedral.

Private Prayer

You are welcome to pray in the nave or any of the chapels throughout the Cathedral.  The chapels particularly set aside for private prayer are the Berkeley Chapel and the Elder Lady Chapel.  The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the Berkeley Chapel. We also have candle stands in the nave and in the south transept where you can light a candle for a loved one, or to remember someone in prayer. Memorial candles are available for purchase in the shop – our Vergers will make sure they are kept lit for a week to commemorate the loss of a loved one. 

If you are in need of a particular prayer, you can write it down and we will pray for the people mentioned at our regular services of Morning Prayer and Evensong.  There are slips available at the table outside the Newton Chapel. 

Daily Chaplains

If you are feeling distressed and want someone to talk to we have Chaplains who come in on most days and are available to offer support.  Please ask a Verger to direct you, or approach the welcomers near the Cathedral entrance.  A member of the clergy will also be available if you need to talk. 

Prayers for Wholeness and Healing

At 11.45am on the first Thursday of each month, we hold a Healing Prayer Group in the Berkeley Chapel. This is an opportunity for prayer and reflection and is an attempt to respond to the challenge and gift of life and creation. All are welcome to join this special time of prayer.

Prayers for Healing are also offered each week during our Sunday morning Eucharist. Daily Chaplains and members of the clergy are always around to offer prayers and support - please ask a Verger when you visit.

The Nature of Prayer

If you're not familiar with prayer, or wonder what we mean by praying, please read on.   

Regular and Topical Prayers

All churches use regular cycles of prayer to pray for communities and concerns across the world.  If you would like to join in read on.