The Eucharist

The Sung Eucharist takes place every Sunday at 11.00am, and all are welcome to attend.

The Eucharist service – also known as Holy Communion - is at the heart of the worshipping life of the Cathedral, and brings together the Cathedral community as well our many visitors from all over the world. This beautiful service combines inspiring liturgy, insightful preaching and glorious music.

The word ‘Eucharist’ means ‘thanksgiving’, and this is what the Eucharist service is – a service of thanksgiving for Jesus Christ.

The Preparation
Prayer
The Liturgy of the Word
The Liturgy of the Sacrament
The Dismissal

The Eucharist service follows the structure laid out in Common Worship, and has four parts:

The Preparation

This is where we open our hearts and minds to the presence of God through singing, by confessing our failures to love God, and one another, and by asking for the Holy Spirit to make God real to us.

The Liturgy of the Word

Here, we hear the story of God’s love for the world in readings from the Bible, the Creed and the Sermon, and then having heard of God’s care for all creation we bring the needs of the world before him in prayer.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

During this part of the service we remember the words and actions of Jesus at the Last Supper. Bread and wine are set on the altar and thanksgiving is offered to God as we celebrate all his blessings to us. All are then invited to receive bread and wine, or a blessing, and thereby commune with Jesus.

The Dismissal

Having been nourished and empowered by communion with Jesus, we are commissioned to go out and share with others the love we have received from the Lord.

Shorter services of Holy Communion (a said version of the Eucharist service) also take place at least once a day in the Cathedral at the following times:

Monday to Friday: 8.00am

Wednesday: 1.10pm

Thursday: 10.30am (according to the Book of Common Prayer)

Saturday: 12.00noon

Sunday: 8.00am (according to the Book of Common Prayer)

These services are open to all so please feel free to come along and experience this special service for yourself. If you are new to worship and would like to ask some questions please contact us on liturgymusic@chichestercathedral.org.uk or 01243 782595.