Over-60s are very welcome to attend this party on Thursday 8 December from 2-4 pm in Cathedral Hall. To attend, please complete and return the application form available from Clergy House Reception or the Information Desk in the Cathedral by Friday 2 December. This will help us to work out how many people to expect and to cater for any specific dietary requirements that you may have.
Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 December 2022 – 7.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
There are still some tickets available for our annual Christmas concerts which celebrate the mystery of Christ’s Incarnation in carols and readings performed by the world-famous Westminster Cathedral Choir, orchestra, and much-loved celebrity readers, on 20 and 21 December at 7.30pm. We encourage everybody to purchase tickets quickly before this popular event is sold out. To buy tickets go to:www.ticketmaster.co.uk; and type in Westminster Cathedral when prompted.
‘In short: the performance of the English choir under its new Music Director Simon Johnson was sensational.’ – Die Rheinpfalz – September 2022.
During this time of increased conflict in the world, we invite everyone to join us in prayer for peace, especially for the end of war in Ukraine and for an end to the persecution of Christians in Nigeria. We place all our intentions under the mantle of Our Blessed Mother, Queen of Peace.
PRAYER FOR PEACE
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
The Campanile has reopened to the public. Take the lift up to the Viewing Gallery with its breathtaking views of London north, south, east, and west.
A bird’s-eye view of London
The Cathedral’s bell tower, or campanile, can be seen from across the city. Standing 284ft high, it is a reminder of faith at the heart of London. If you visit Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard, look up and you will see the campanile of Westminster Cathedral. Carved stone eagles encircle the apex.
Opening hours are currently restricted to Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 11 am and 3.30 pm and tickets may be purchased in the Cathedral shop.
Family Ticket (2 adults with up to 4 children): £12
Concessions* £3 (* aged 60+ years)
Now that the refurbishment of the kitchen in the Cathedral Hall is complete, tea and coffee (and possibly cake and biscuits) after the 10 am Sunday Mass will resume from this Sunday, 2 October.
It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know fellow parishioners and to be refreshed; everyone is welcome.
On 21 April 1947, on her twenty-first birthday, Princess Elizabeth said, ‘I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.’
Now, seventy-five years later, we are heartbroken in our loss at her death, and so full of admiration for the unfailing way in which she fulfilled that declaration.
Even in my sorrow, shared with so many around the world, I am filled with an immense sense of gratitude for the gift to the world that has been the life of Queen Elizabeth II.
At this time, we pray for the repose of the soul of Her Majesty. We do so with confidence, because the Christian faith marked every day of her life and activity.
In her Millennium Christmas message, she said, ‘To many of us, our beliefs are of fundamental importance. For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example.’
This faith, so often and so eloquently proclaimed in her public messages, has been an inspiration to me, and I am sure to many. The wisdom, stability and service which she consistently embodied, often in circumstances of extreme difficulty, are a shining legacy and testament to her faith.
Our prayer is that she is now received into the merciful presence of God, there to be reunited with her beloved Prince Philip. This is the promise of our faith, and our deep consolation.
Queen Elizabeth II will remain, always, a shining light in our history. May she now rest in peace.
We pray for His Majesty the King, as he assumes his new office even as he mourns his mother.
God save the King.
Saturday 3 September to Monday 5 September 2022
The life and legacy of St Bernadette has touched the lives of people across the world. In September and October this year, the relics of St Bernadette journey on pilgrimage to England, Scotland, and Wales for the very first time. This very special once in a lifetime event will provide an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the special gifts and charisms of Lourdes, in a church or cathedral near you.
Westminster Cathedral is blessed to welcome the relics from 3-5 September. All are welcome to join us for this special event to enrich and renew ourselves spiritually.
We hope and pray that through the intercession of St Bernadette many graces will be given to all who come and venerate her relics, including healing, conversion and the wonderful discovery of vocation. Come and experience the miracle of Lourdes with us!
To plan your visit, please check below for the most up-to-date information.
VENERATION OF THE RELICS
Saturday 3 September 1pm – Monday 5 September 6am (No need for advance booking, just please join the queue on the Piazza for entry via the West Doors. Be advised that at peak times, especially before or after liturgies, we expect long queues. Wheelchair access will be available at all times with out the need for queuing.)
For those unable to visit over the weekend, the Cathedral livestream will display the Relics continuously, as a focus of prayer.
Veneration will last all through the two days and nights until 6am on Monday 5 September and will take place in the rear section of the Cathedral, which will be sectioned off from the main body of the building. Please note that, except for wheelchair and emergency access, there will be no direct access from one part of the building to the other.
To venerate the Relics, pilgrims will be invited to join the queue on the Cathedral Piazza. Wheelchair users, accompanied by one helper per person, do not need to queue. Please make your way directly to the main door (West Door).
When entering the Cathedral, pilgrims will pass by the Baptistry and the Chapel of St Augustine where there will be an opportunity to obtain votive candles to be lit around the Relics. (Please do not bring your own candles as our votive light stands are not designed to accommodate other candles.) When the votive light stands become partially full, for safety reasons, stewards will offer to light candles in a safe manner on behalf of pilgrims. When the votive stands are completely full, the stewards will offer to keep pilgrims’ votive candles and light them at a later hour when space becomes available. This will be done during the all-night vigil, but the votive candles will definitely be lit in the presence of the relics.
There will be an opportunity for pilgrims to leave petitions and personal intentions to Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette, in the box by the Relics. Petitions should be written at home and brought to the Cathedral. The intentions will be taken to Lourdes and placed in the Grotto of Our Lady.
There will be very limited seating in the veneration area itself. This can be used for a short time of prayer by the elderly, infirm and others unable to stand without aid. Other pilgrims will be welcome to venerate the Relics for a short time while standing.
After venerating, pilgrims should move forward towards the exit, via St Francis’ door, passing the Cathedral Gift Shop (9.00am to 9.00pm) where devotional objects can be purchased together with holy water bottles.
On leaving the Cathedral, please turn right down Ambrosden Avenue towards the side entrance to the Cathedral, for Mass, private prayer or Confessions, and also to Cathedral Hall, which will be open from 9.00am to 9.00pm. In Cathedral Hall pilgrims will be able to fill their bottles with Holy Water (bottles should not be larger than 150ml/200ml), purchase religious items and use toilet facilities.
ENTRANCE FOR MASS, PRIVATE PRAYER AND CONFESSIONS
During the visit of the Relics, the entrance and exit for Mass will be by the Ambrosden Avenue door only. From 4.30pm on Saturday, pilgrims will also be able to access the Cathedral for private prayer between Masses and join the confessional queue through this door. Confessions will be heard on Saturday from 5pm until 10pm and on Sunday from 2pm until 10pm.
SATURDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER
11am Solemn Mass of Welcome (livestreamed)* – with enshrining of the relics (Celebrated by H.E. Cardinal Vincent Nichols)
2.30pm – Service of Anointing of the Sick* (Presided by Bishop John Sherrington) Admission by ticket only. Tickets available from your Parish Priest.
6pm – Vigil Mass of Sunday* (Celebrated by Bishop Nicholas Hudson)
10pm – Night Prayer of the Church (Compline)* followed by an All-night Vigil
SUNDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER
6am, 8am, 7pm – Mass*
9.30am – Sung Mass (livestreamed)* (Celebrated by Bishop Paul McAleenan)
12noon – Solemn Sung Mass* (Celebrated by Bishop Nicholas Hudson, sung by the Choir of Westminster Cathedral)
3pm – Rosary*
4pm – Solemn Vespers with Benediction* – (Sung by the Choir of Westminster Cathedral)
5.30pm – Sung Mass* (Celebrated by Bishop John Sherrington)
9pm – Rosary*
10pm – Night Prayer of the Church (Compline)* followed by an All-night Vigil
MONDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER
6am – Mass*
8am – Mass of Farewell* (Celebrated by H.E. Cardinal Vincent Nichols)
(*) Entry for Masses and Liturgies will be via the side door of the Cathedral on Ambrosden Avenue.
When full capacity is reached, there will be no further entry.
Find out more about the tour of the Relics at stbernadette.org.uk
From Monday 25 July to Thursday 1 September, the following changes apply to the liturgical schedule during the summer break for the Cathedral Choir:
Weekday Vespers from Monday to Friday take the form of said Evening Prayer at the usual time of 5pm; the weekday 5.30pm Mass is said; the Sunday Solemn Mass at noon is sung by a Cantor; and Solemn Vespers on Sunday afternoon at 4pm are also led by a cantor in English.
Wednesday 31 August, 19:30 – 21:00
Andreas Sieling, Cathedral Organist of the Great Sauer Organ of the Berliner Dom presents our fifth Grand Organ Festival recital.
Andreas will perform:
Improvisation sur le “Te Deum” – Tournemire
Passacaglia – Kerll arr. Straube
“Nun ruhen alle Wälder” (Op. 52 no. 25) – Dienel
Choral in A minor – Franck
Allegro Scherzando (Op. 37) – Dienel
Passacaglia – Muffat arr. Straube
“Victimae paschali” – Tournemire
Tickets are available on the door – £15/£12
For reasons beyond our control, the livestreaming of the Sunday 12noon Solemn Mass is temporarily suspended. In its place, the Sung Mass at 10am on Sundays will be livestreamed. We hope that in the near future we shall be able to return to the Solemn Sung Mass for the Sunday livstream. Please watch the posts here for further news on this.
If you are an adult living in the Cathedral parish, or come regularly to the Cathedral for Mass, and desire to become a Catholic or want to explore the Catholic faith, then you are welcome to join the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Course which will commence in September. This Course is also for Catholics who were baptised as young children but did not move on to receive their First Holy Communion and Confirmation, as well as for those baptised in non-Catholic communities of faith. For further information and to enrol please contact Fr Vincent Mbu’i on [email protected] (please note that Fr Vincent is presently on leave and returns at the beginning of September) or speak to one of the priests after Sunday Mass.
Every September up to six boys join Westminster Cathedral Choir School (WCCS) in Year 4 as choristers. Becoming a chorister offers a boy the opportunity to sing in a world-famous choir, and to join a thriving, inclusive, independent school for boys age 4 – 13. All choristers receive generous scholarships, supplemented by means-tested bursaries worth up to 100% of fees. Contact Lucy Auger to find out more. Telephone 020 7798 9081 or email [email protected].