The Heartbeat of the Cathedral's Life

There are at least three services each day beginning with Morning Prayer. Each day the Eucharist is celebrated, and ends with Choral Evensong (or said Evening Prayer). All are welcome at these services.


Our free Worship List contains information about our forthcoming services, including music to be sung, and choir details.


Below is our regular pattern of worship. For updated information please check the Worship List above or our Calendar page.

7.40am     Morning Prayer
8.00am     Eucharist
10.15am    Family Service (term-time in the Fratry Hall)
10.30am   The Eucharist on the Second Sunday of Trinity (Service Paper)
3.00pm     Choral Evensong/Evening Prayer

8.00am     Morning Prayer
12.30pm   Eucharist
5.45pm     Choral Evensong/Evening Prayer

8.00am     Morning Prayer
12.30pm   Offering of Incense
5.45pm     Choral Evensong/Evening Prayer

8.00am     Morning Prayer
12.30pm   Eucharist
5.45pm     Choral Evensong/Evening Prayer

9.00am     Morning Prayer
12.30pm   Eucharist
3.00pm     Evening Prayer

See the panel on the right for special services outside of this regular pattern, including our All-Age Sunday service, PLUS+ Eucharists and Taizé services.

Please note that the Cathedral is a living church and during your visit you may witness preparations or rehearsals for concerts, services and weddings.   You may also hear our choristers rehearsing for Evensong, our organist practising or our famous Willis organ being tuned. During services there may also be restricted access to some areas of the Cathedral.


The Cathedral continues its life of prayer and you are warmly invited to send requests for prayer:

By email to:  |  Prayer Wall |  On Facebook |  On Twitter

Carlisle Cathedral

Special services

It is a particular privilege of the Cathedral to be able to host many special services in the course of the year. These services seek to respond to causes for celebration or of sadness in the life of the county, city or the nation.

Organisations wishing to hold a special service at the Cathedral to offer thanksgiving and prayer for their work are asked to contact or telephone 01228 548151

This service takes place most Sunday mornings in the Fratry Hall (or Undercroft); check our calendar to confirm dates. This is an informal get-together which is open to everyone but is especially suited to families and those with small children. Fun and games, video, singing and prayer are all part of this celebration. It’s free to attend but you can let us know you are coming by emailing 

Our PLUS+ services are created specially for families and young people, who help us lead the service. The services take place regularly and are led by our young people, with music sung by our Boys, Girls and Consort  – often with our community children’s choir, Cantate. These services are an informal way to engage with Christian themes – through songs, stories and activities.


On the third Sunday of every month at 4.15pm, we hold a Taizé service. The Taizé community is an ecumenical monastic order with a strong devotion to peace and justice. The movement was founded in France in 1940 by Brother Roger Louis Schutz-Marsauche and has spawned a unique style of worship that has become popular in churches, retreat centres and seminaries throughout the world.

Taizé services – which are candle-lit – offer a distinctive worship experience, with prayer and meditation. Taizé music is highlighted by the use of simple phrases, usually lines from the Psalms or other pieces of scripture, chanted repeatedly or sung in canon.

This is a gentle and reflective service of worship, giving worshippers a moment of time and space in a busy world. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Check the online calendar for all forthcoming dates.