His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

10 June 1921 — 9 April 2021

The Dean and the Chapter and the entire cathedral community extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and her family following the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. We assure her of our prayers for her and her family in their time of grief and our prayers of thanksgiving for the long life of service Prince Philip gave to our nation and to the Commonwealth. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

An online Book of Condolence has been set up at Guildford Cathedral for any members of the community who would like to add their name in thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip and the lasting contribution he has made to the life of our nation and the Commonwealth.

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Advent Calendar Family Resources


For the last few years we have brought you an on-line Advent Calendar, which is accessible through our social media pages. In the past the Advent Calendar has been beautiful pieces of music sung by our Cathedral Choir. In 2020, a year in which we have had to find new and innovate ways to reach our community and visitors, the Advent Calendar will not only feature music from our choir, but with have an activity for families to complete together, and also images of the Advent Angels, our current art display, which are produced by children from schools throughout Guildford Diocese. 

To have our Advent Calendar arrive directly to you simply go onto our Facebook page and follow us.

This week, on 1 December, our family activity is making an Advent Wreath. You can download instructions on how to make this fabulous wreath here.






Week 2, beginning 6 December, our family activity is Paper chains. Instructions on how to make these fantastic homemade paperchains can be found here.






Week 3, beginning 13 December, our family activity is Paper chains. Instructions on making advent angels can be found here






Week 4. On the very first Christmas Day, a star shone brightly in the sky to guide the shepherds to the manger in Bethlehem where Jesus had been born, and since then stars have become something we see a lot of in our Christmas decorations. Your preparations for Christmas have so far included a way to mark our journey through Advent with your Advent Wreath and some decorations for your home and family. This week, could you create a star to put in your window to share some of the joy and happiness of the Christmas season with others. You will be joining other people across the Diocese of Guildford who are also creating stars to put in their windows so do share your images! Download the instructions here