For information on the daily cycle of worship at Belfast Cathedral please see below. Please note that weekday Choral Evensong takes place only during term-time. On Saturdays, and when schools are on holiday, the 5.30pm Evening Office is said.
We celebrate the Eucharist at 8.30am, 10am and 11am and Choral Evensong at 3.30pm.
The 11am service takes place in the main Cathedral, and is sung. This service often features one of the Cathedral Chapter as preacher.
The 3.30pm Choral Evensong follows the unique Anglican office of Evening Prayer in its traditional form.In this service the congregation is largely led by the choir who, through Scriptural canticles, psalms, verses and responses, provide an opportunity for the congregation to contemplate the message of the Scriptures of the day in the context of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. It truly is a brief moment of tranquility and peace before the working week beckons.
At various times through the year the cathedral hosts special services for various organisations, and these will be listed in our Events section. Such services often have a civic element, and can draw quite a crowd! Although some services stand alone, we strive to maintain this Evensong model, which adds a distinctive and incomparable dignity to the occasion being marked. It is a stirring experience to be present at such occasions and savour traditional Anglican worship at its finest.
During the week we maintain a steady rhythm of worship, with the Morning Office daily at 8.10am in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, followed by the Eucharist (said) at 8.30am in the Chapel of Unity.
At 1pm there is a brief liturgy of readings and prayers led by lay volunteers on behalf of the entire community on that occasion. On Wednesdays and Holy Days there is a celebration of Holy Communion Order 1 in the Chapel of Unity.
During school term times, we have Choral Evensong on Monday to Friday evenings at 5.30pm featuring members of our various choirs. This provides a little refuge from the mayhem of the working week, and is an excellent opportunity to take time out and miss the worst of the rush hour.
On Saturday we have Lunchtime Prayers at 1pm in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit and Evening Prayer (said) at 5.30pm. All are welcome.