Throughout history, Cathedrals have been a sacred space, of healing and solace. They have offered a haven for prayer, for reflection, for remembering, for commemoration and for celebration. Here in St Davids, people have felt the nearness of God, and the touch of God’s compassionate love, in their joys and in their sorrows, for over 14 centuries.
The Dean and Chapter of St Davids Cathedral are again open for Sunday Choral Eucharist and Sunday Evensong, as well as Choral Evensong on most Thursdays and Fridays and alternate Mondays. We are now only open for prayer and private reflection from Monday to Saturday 10:00am to 3:00pm. We look forward to welcoming you, and pray that here you may find God’s comfort, strength, and all else that you need during these continuing challenging times. May he answer your prayers for yourself, for those you care for, and for all that is on your heart and mind.
St Davids Cathedral is open only for prayer and private reflection and those attending services at the following times:
- Prayer and Private Reflection:
Mon-Sat: 10am - 3pm
Sun: only for scheduled services
Alternate Mon: 6pm - Choral Evensong
Thurs and Fri: 6pm - Choral Evensong
Sun: 11.15am - Choral Eucharist
Sun: 4pm - Choral Evensong
Please check for changes on our Advent and Christmas schedule
The wearing of face-masks in the Cathedral is now compulsory.
The Cathedral is NOT open for visiting. Only the Nave can be accessed for prayer and private reflection.
The Refectory is closed.
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For those attending our Sunday Services, please see the following additional information:
To help you feel safe the Cathedral has provided:
Clear signage through the Cathedral, to guide your time here
Hand sanitiser stations on entry and exit
A member of staff to greet you on arrival, to answer any questions, and, if required, to remind people to respect the measures that help keep everyone safe
Pews and other seating socially distanced, in the nave, so you can safely sit at peace for as long as you wish
A safe method of being able to light candles, should you wish to, with extra stands to avoid any congestion
Contactless donation points, as well as donation boxes.
You can also donate via our JustGiving page.
A regular cleaning system for surfaces that may be touched
If you are coming into the Cathedral, we ask that you:
- Follow directions on signage and from our staff
- Respect social distancing, between individuals, or household groups
- Use the hand sanitisers on entry and exit
- Try not to touch surfaces
- Follow the guidelines when lighting candles
- Do not enter the Cathedral if you have Covid-19 symptoms
- Enjoy being able to come for private prayer to your Cathedral
Respect The Rules – Protect Each Other – Enjoy Your Visit
The Dean of St Davids, the Very Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, said ‘The coronavirus has brought such a difficult year for so many people. At St Davids Cathedral, we continue to work with the latest regulations from the Welsh Government, supporting them as they try to keep us as safe as possible, within the wider wellbeing of our nation. Through the season of Advent, as we approach Christmas, we are again reminded that God comes to us in Jesus Christ as “Emmanuel”, which means “God with us”. His promise is to be alongside us wherever we happen to be, walking with us in all that we face. Here in St Davids, we are conscious of being in a place soaked in centuries of prayer, which has a capacity to amplify to us that sense of the presence of the God who is love. And so, though we can currently only open for our regular daily and Sunday services, and for prayer and personal reflection during the week, I hope you will enjoy that sense of peace – even relief – which I so often feel when I come within the Cathedral. Here I can just sit, and know myself held in the loving gaze of the God who shares in the human condition. This is the place to let down our guard, and lay down the burden of the strains and stresses we have borne, and feel the compassionate touch of Jesus Christ, who understands, and who prays for us and with us. Here we can receive his gift of the peace that the world cannot give, the peace that passes all understanding, where our spirits find rest, and our souls taste our eternal home. May you know that blessing of peace, as you visit – and know it as you join with us on line from wherever you happen to be – especially through Advent and Christmas.’
More information, see the Church in Wales’ COVID-19 guidance.