Prayer is offered through the day, and most days include at least one service sung by the Minster Choir.
Matins is a simple act of prayer at the beginning of the day. On most Sundays it is sung by the choir at 11.30am. Since earliest times Christians have offered worship to begin the day.
Evensong is generally sung, and uses the pattern of Evensong in the Book of Common Prayer which has been largely unchanged since 1549.
Solemn Evensong is usually sung on Saints' Days, where the choir procession is preceded by incense, cross and lights. Before and after the Magnificat, an appropriate antiphon is sung, and during the Magnificat the altar is censed, as a sign of the presence of God in word and sacrament.
Today's services of Morning and Evening Prayer of the Church of England can be found here.
The Eucharist, also called Holy Communion or The Lord's Supper, is offered once or twice every day, using both contemporary and traditional forms. Taking bread and wine, using the example of Jesus Christ on the night before he died, Christians remember Christ's death on the cross and determine to make a new community, demonstrating the love of Christ which was his 'new commandment' to his followers.
Below is a list of regular services. More detailed information on upcoming services is available by downloading York Minster's Service Scheme.
- 7.30 am Matins
- 7.45 am Holy Communion (Common Worship Order One)
- 12.00 pm Holy Communion (Common Worship Order One) Saturday only
- 12.30 pm Holy Communion (Common Worship Order One; Book of Common Prayer on Wednesdays; including Prayers for Healing and Peace on Thursdays)
- 5.15 pm Evensong (normally sung)
N.B. The Minster Choir does not normally sing on Mondays during term time, but Evensong is often sung by a visiting choir. Telephone 01904 557200 if you wish to check whether the service is sung on a particular day.
- 8.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
- 10.00 am Sung Eucharist (Common Worship Order One) [Sunday Weekly Notice]
- 11.30 am Matins (sung) (Solemn Eucharist, Book of Common Prayer, on First Sunday of the Month)
- 4.00 pm Evensong (sung)
Although York Minster is a working cathedral, it is also one of York’s most prominent and visited tourist attractions. All visitors are welcome to attend services and join in the busy programme of events and concerts. As well as our daily services, many of York’s most prestigious events are held in the cathedral and you can find out more over on our events calendar.