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  • Public Worship

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    We are pleased to announce that public worship for the 10.30am Sunday Eucharist will resume on 12 July.

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    As of 3 July we are pleased to announce that the Cathedral is now open for Private Prayer and Reflection...

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Update on the COVID-19 pandemic and the gradual re-opening of Ely Cathedral

The Very Revd Mark Bonney

The Very Revd Mark Bonney

It is over three months since we closed the doors to the Cathedral as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, and in accordance with the latest guidance from the Government and the Church of England, we are now able to embark on a gradual re-opening of the building.

We are delighted to start this process by opening for individual private prayer and reflection from Friday 3 July. In order to comply with social distancing guidelines we will be limiting the number of people who can access the building at any one time. There will be several safety measures in place and Cathedral staff, volunteers and clergy will be on hand to offer any help and support required. Entrance is via the West Door (main entrance) for access the Nave and the South West Transept from Wednesday to Saturday between the hours of 11am and 2pm.

This time structure is to ensure we can safely carry out appropriate cleaning and Health & Safety measures. We will require everyone to follow the advice that is given regarding sanitisation and social distancing. Please follow this link for further information including the measures which have been put in place to ensure your wellbeing and safety.

Public Worship
The Cathedral will begin to offer public worship on Sunday 12 July for the 10.30am Eucharist. Due to current guidance, and to ensure the wellbeing of our participants, we will have to limit congregation numbers. Our aim is to do this as fairly and sensitively as possible. Further details »

Please note that we are still temporarily closed to visitors. We are also working on detailed plans and preparing measures to open the doors to welcome visitors by the end of July. Please check this website and our social media sites for updated information.

Concerts, Events and Exhibitions
Our plans for events, exhibitions, concerts and education activities have all been put on hold for the time being. We are waiting on guidance from the government and the Church of England and working hard behind the scenes to reschedule these activities or find new ways to re-create them in a safe environment.

Since we have had to close, we have been grateful for the messages of support from our community, supporters and visitors. This has been heartening in a time when we have lost the majority of our income and face serious financial challenges and decisions. If, like us, you feel strongly about the Cathedral and all it offers in terms of worship, heritage and music, we would welcome any donation you are able to give to sustain us through this difficult period, and to help secure the future of this building for generations to come. DONATE

For now, we thank you for your patience and support and we look forward to welcoming you back into the Cathedral.

The Very Revd Mark Bonney ECO Silver Award

Prayer for the Future

Fix thou our steps, O Lord, that we stagger not at the uneven motions of the world, but steadily go on to our glorious home; neither censuring our journey with the uneven weather we meet with, nor turning out of our way for anything which befalls us. The winds are often rough, and our own weight presses us downwards. Reach forth, O Lord, thy hand, thy saving hand, and speedily deliver us. Teach us, O Lord, to use this transitory life as pilgrims returning to their beloved home; that we may take what our journey requires, and not think of settling in a foreign country.

John Wesley

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