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


Catch up on the latest news from Liverpool Cathedral for Sunday, 20 December 2020.

Welcome from Dean Sue

A very warm welcome to this e-news for Advent 4. Today as we get ever closer to Christmas we remember and give thanks for Mary the mother of Jesus. Mary is a powerful figure even though she is often depicted as a meek and mild young girl. Mary had the strength within her to say yes to God and so put away her own personal concerns in order to participate in the will of God as it enfolded in human history. As these Advent season deepens and as we journey ever closer to the coming of Christ we pray for perseverance and for the ability to offer ourselves to God’s will so that we may participate in God’s unfolding plan for today.

Heavenly Father,

who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary

to be the mother of the promised saviour:

fill us your servants with your grace,

that in all things we may embrace your holy will

and with her rejoice in your salvation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Canon Myles’ Retirement

Canon Myles will retire from the Cathedral in his current role in January. We have organised a service to mark his retirement as Canon Precentor and in the same service to launch him as Cathedral Chaplain. The date of the service is January 10. We will also hold a diocesan service later in the year to give thanks to Myles for his ministry in the Diocese and in the Cathedral.

If you would like to contribute to Myles’ retirement gift then please do put your donation in an envelope and mark it Myles’ retirement and pop it into one of the donation boxes. If you prefer to contribute through internet banking then please contact Jayne Bainbridge on 0151 702 7204 or via email 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.

The pre-recorded Sunday service, along with reflections on the Gospel reading by our Canon Theologian, are to be found on our prayer blog, Prayer for Liverpool:


Pre-booking for Christmas services

We will be offering as many of our special Christmas services as possible, despite the current difficulties. These are: the Holly Bough services (19th and 20th), two Christmas Eve services (1.00pm and 3.30pm this year), and the usual Christmas Midnight and Christmas Day services. There will be no Christmas Sequence this year.

Please note: seating capacities for all of these services will be dramatically reduced this year in order to comply with Covid-19 measures. To attend any of our special services you will need to pre-book via EventBrite please.

Tickets on EventBrite will be made available 16 days before each of the services.


Christmas Flowers

Today is your last opportunity to contribute to the cost of Christmas flowers. Canon Myles will be standing by the Bridge after the service. Thank you to all who have already contributed.


Encountering Faith

Recommences in January as we continue our journey through Philippians. The evening sessions will move to Mondays 7-8pm, beginning on 18th January. The lunchtime sessions will remain on Thursdays, 1-2pm, beginning on 21st January. /getting-involved/Exploring-Faith.


Alpha On-line

For those who wish to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed and unpressurised way, either as enquirers or for a ‘refresher’. Alpha On-line commences via Zoom on Thursday 14th January 2021, 7-8.30pm.



Prayer Shawl Ministry

If you would like further information about the work of the Prayer Shawl Ministry Team – or would like to get involved by sponsoring, donating money or yarn or prayerful stitching, please contact Stella Barnes on 07722 165361 or by emailing


Prayer requests via our Prayer Wall

You can post prayer requests to us at:

Events at Liverpool Cathedral

The Welsford restaurant continues operation in the Well, compliant with all Government and Church of England guidelines. Hot drinks and a limited selection of sandwiches and treats are available for takeaway purchase. To keep track of the latest information and any changes from the Cathedral Events team, keep an eye on the Events page of the Cathedral website: Liverpool Cathedralhome/events-calendar.


Cathedral Shop

We are once again open and so happy to see you in person.

There is still time for you to come and browse the extensive range of Charity Christmas cards in this year’s location on the mezzanine above the shop. If you can’t visit us in person then why not browse our online shop where we are open 24/7 at

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