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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Our Services

Some of the terms we use to describe services can seem a little baffling. Below you can find descriptions of the different types of service we regularly hold in the Cathedral. If there is something you don't understand, please get in touch and we will add it to the list below.


Services on Sundays

Holy Communion (BCP): This service uses the Book of Common Prayer and the traditional language (e. 'thee' and 'thou'). The service at 8am on Sunday mornings is quiet and reflective and lasts about 35 minutes. Brief sermons are sometimes given.

Cathedral Eucharist: This is the principal service of the Cathedral week. We use Common Worship with contemporary language, except on the first Sunday of the month when we use the Book of Common Prayer with traditional language. There is a Sunday School during this service for children aged from 4-11 years and a DIY crèche for younger children and babies and their carers.

Choral Mattins: This service is from the Book of Common Prayer. It has hymns and other music sung by the choir. Except in August there is a short sermon during the service.

Choral Evensong: This service is from the Book of Common Prayer. On Sundays it includes congregational hymns and a sermon. On weekdays there are neither hymns nor a sermon.

Services on Weekdays (Monday to Saturday)

Morning Prayer (Mattins): A short service of psalms, Bible reading and prayers, using Common Worship.

Eucharist (Holy Communion): This service lasts about 30 minutes and directly follows Morning Prayer. We use Common Worship.

Evensong or Evening Prayer: During term time this service is from the Book of Common Prayer. It is usually a choral service on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday and Saturday it is usually a said service. Variations can be found in the News Sheet and service listings.