This week’s News from Liverpool Cathedral – a Place of Encounter


Catch up on the latest news from Liverpool Cathedral for Sunday, 21st March 2021.

Welcome from Dean Sue

A very warm welcome to this weeks e-news on this the 5th Sunday of Lent. Today our Gospel reading points us to what is to come as we continue our Lenten journey. The reading from John’s Gospel point us towards Christ’s impending death.  We are moving towards Holy Week, to the death and resurrection of Jesus.

During Holy week we have a number of services to help people journey through that last week in the life of Jesus. There is a mixture of in-person services and online services. Information can be found on our web-site.

Dean Sue

Easter Flowers

Canon Myles, the Cathedral Chaplain, will stand, as he puts it, ‘in receipt of custom’ at the end of the 10.30am Cathedral Eucharist, for donations towards the cost of flowers to adorn our worship for Easter Day. If you prefer to make a donation electronically please email:

National Day of Reflection – Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Tuesday will be the anniversary of the first lockdown and the Cathedral is joining with the nation in a day of reflection. The Cathedral will be open for private prayer from 11 till 3 to allow people to come and light a candle and reflect on the past year. There will be a special service at 12 noon which will begin with a minute’s silence. If you are coming please be seated by 11.55.

Choral Evensong

The normal pattern of Evensong throughout the week is back, at 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, and at 5.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with a said Evening Prayer on Wednesdays. For now, Evensong, like Morning Prayer, and the 12.05 Eucharist are all in the Lady Chapel, with access through its entrance.

Covid-19 & Church-21

During the first lockdown, our Canon Theologian, Leslie Francis, with a colleague, developed a survey to assess the impact of the lockdown on the church and its people. The first survey got over 10,000 responses and has been helpful to the wider Church. The research project is being re-run and clergy and lay people are being asked for their opinion.

The questionnaire will take about 20 minutes of your time, which will enable you to give a thorough picture of your experiences and opinions. This is an online survey. Most of the questions simply require you to click boxes, though there are options to specify your particular circumstances, and an opportunity at the end for you to tell the researchers your views in your own words.

The hope is that this time there will be enough responses from people attending cathedrals for Canon Leslie to be able to provide a helpful profile of cathedral ministry during the lockdown.

The survey can be completed on mobile phones (point your camera at the QR code), or it can be accessed using the following link:

Cathedral Company Zoom Call

In addition to the pre-recorded service on Sunday mornings at 10:30am, all are welcome to join us for a brew over Zoom for fellowship and conversation after the service. If you would like the Zoom details, please email Canon Neal at

Worship with us this week

Join us on-line for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer/Choral Evensong, broadcast live via our Facebook page.

Please click on the following link and select which service you wish to follow from the menu under ‘Services’: Liverpool Cathedral.

You can find our pre-recorded Sunday service, along with reflections on the Gospel reading by our Canon Theologian at Prayer for Liverpool:

Encountering Faith – “Lent with Lamentations”

Our Lenten study series continues on Zoom on Thursdays during Lent until 1st April, 1-2pm. Read more here: Liverpool Cathedralhome/GettingInvolved/Exploring-Faith.

Lent Lectures

Our final Lent Lecture is Monday, 22nd March, on-line via FaceBook from 7.00pm-8.15pm. It will be given by Dr. Richard Benjamin, from the Liverpool International Museum of Slavery. For more details, please visit: /events-calendar/lent_lecture_22_03_2021.

The Bible Course

Starting on the evening of Thursday 15th April, 7-8.15pm, we will be offering on-line via Zoom ‘The Bible Course’, from the Bible Society. The easy-to-access 8 sessions will be ideal for those fresh to the Christian faith, or anyone who wants a refresher about what’s in the Bible and where to find it. More details to follow.

The Gilbert-Scott Lectures on Science and Faith 2021

These popular annual lectures will begin on Tuesday 27th April 2021, starting at 7.30pm and live-streamed via FaceBook. They will continue on successive Tuesday evenings. For more details, please visit:


“Living in Love and Faith”

The Church of England is engaged in a process of discernment around matters of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage, and every church is encouraged to participate in the small-group discussion materials that accompany the recent report ‘Living in Love and Faith’. We are offering the five-week sessions on Thursday lunchtimes, 22nd April – 20th May incl., 1.00-2.15pm on Zoom. For more information, please go to: /getting-involved/Exploring-Faith.

Supper with the Scriptures

Our series of informal Bible studies, ‘Acting on Acts’ will re-start on Monday 19th April, 7-8pm. For more information, please visit our website on: /getting-involved/Exploring-Faith.

Micah Liverpool Shopping List

Micah’s stores are hitting a bit of a dry spell during this season of need so any donations would be most welcome! The scarcest items at the moment are pasta and rice, dry cereal, UHT milk, and toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap). Many thanks!

Prayer requests via our Prayer Wall

You can post prayer requests to us at:

Cathedral Shop

Whilst you can’t visit us in person - why not browse our online shop where we are open 24/7 at  

Our selection of 1000 piece jigsaws are still proving very popular and the Liverpool Dockside image is now back in stock.

If you have a specific request that we can help you with, please feel free to email us -

All profits from the shop directly support the ever increasing work of Liverpool Cathedral.


Holy Week Service Schedule


10.30am Holy Eucharist - Main Space

Holy Week marks the climax of Christ’s ministry, and this service includes a retelling of

both his entry into Jerusalem surrounded by supportive crowds, and the events of only a

few days’ later, when he was led out of the city to his crucifixion. Music from the Choral

Scholars and Organ.

3pm – Choral Evensong – Lady Chapel



9am Morning Prayer – Lady Chapel

12.05pm Eucharist – Lady Chapel

5.30pm Choral Evensong – Lady Chapel

9pm Night Prayer (livestream only: Facebook & YouTube)

The adult voices of the Liverpool Cathedral Choir sing the ancient monastic service of Compline, or Night Prayer in the beautiful Chapter House. A meditative time to reflect, enveloped in God’s peace.



9am Morning Prayer – Lady Chapel

12.05pm Eucharist – Lady Chapel

5.30pm Choral Evensong – Presbytery, entry via Lady Chapel

6.15pm ‘Via Crucis’ (livestream only: Facebook & YouTube)

The Liverpool premiere of a work for the organ by Philip Moore, formerly of York Minster; wedding prayers on the Passion by Eric Milner-White with music, played by organ scholar Dan Greenway.



9am Morning Prayer – Lady Chapel

12.05pm Eucharist – Lady Chapel

5.30pm Evening Prayer (said) – Lady Chapel

9pm Night Prayer (livestream only: Facebook & YouTube)

The adult voices of the Liverpool Cathedral Choir sing the ancient monastic service of Compline, or Night Prayer in the beautiful Chapter House. A meditative time to reflect, enveloped in God’s peace.



9am Morning Prayer – Lady Chapel

12.05pm Eucharist – Lady Chapel

5.30pm Choral Evensong – Lady Chapel

7.30pm Liturgy of the Last Supper, Main Space

We begin, as the disciples did, experiencing the humility and intimacy of Christ, who shared a final meal with his friends, and washed their feet, in a sign of love and service. Then, we turn to his arrest, and abandonment, as he enters the night, for us all.

The Watch is kept until 10pm.



9am Morning Prayer – Lady Chapel

10.30am Good Friday Procession – Main Space

On this most solemn of days in the Christian year we gather at the foot of the cross, we take our part in the reading of the Passion story, we ponder the depths of his suffering and love for the world Christ came to save.

At 12.05pm Holy Communion is offered in the Memorial Chapel, from the sacrament consecrated on Maundy Thursday.

2pm Hour at the Cross – a meditation on the Passion (livestream only: Facebook & YouTube)

3.15 pm Evening Prayer (said) – Lady Chapel

7.30pm ‘No Story So Divine’ (livestream only: Facebook & YouTube)

The adults of the Cathedral Choir sing some of the most poignant music ever written, meditating on Christ’s cross, interspersed with readings.



9am Morning Prayer – Lady Chapel

12.05pm Eucharist – Lady Chapel

3pm Evening Prayer (said) – Lady Chapel

7.30pm Duruflé’s Requiem (livestream only: Facebook & YouTube)

On this day when the Church stands with all who mourn, and we mark Christ’s descent into the depths, to deliver humanity from death itself, the choir sing Maurice Duruflé’s music at a livestreamed celebration of the Eucharist, offered for all who weep, and hope for the light of the Resurrection for themselves and those they love.



6am Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter – Welsford Porch

As dawn rises over St James’ Gardens reports begin to circulate, He is Risen! Wrap up warm.

10.30am The Easter Eucharist - Main Space

The pivot of history, Easter, the day when we celebrate Christ’s victory over death, and a New Creation. Come and receive him in the words of scripture, in the breaking of the bread, and in music offered up in the soaring space of our Cathedral Church dedicated to the Risen Christ.

3pm Evening Prayer (said) – Lady Chapel.