Diocesan News and Cathedral Events


Bishop of Ludlow

As I write this is the opening week of the New Year. I am conscious that by the time this letter gets into print the festivities of Christmas and the New Year will be long passed. However, this season now passed has caused me to reflect on current patterns of life and the place and value of our churches within our communities. Although anecdotal, I have received from a significant number of parishes the
news that attendance numbers over
the Christmas period were some of
the highest in living memory. From an entirely different source recently I read an interesting article that suggested that the number of people who were committed atheists was declining while the number who want to have some form of spiritual faith was increasing. Of course, the latter does not necessarily result in more people engaging in regular Christian worship. What I think it does suggest is that deep human desire for peace, well being and hope remain deeply embedded in our personal and community lives.

That deep desire is, I judge, set in a present context where uncertainty about the future and the instability and fragility of many communities are present realities. Where are we going and how will it all end? These are

questions that if not in the forefront
of our conversations are at the back of many people’s minds. It is perhaps not surprising therefore that the message
of peace on earth and good will to all people has a powerful resonance. As this year progresses the uncertainly over Brexit will unfold: for good or ill we have yet to see. One of the features of recent news reports that disturbs me greatly
is the rise in knife crime. The resorting to this kind of violence by one human being over another I admit to find profoundly shocking.It impacts me as being the complete antithesis of loving one’s neighbour. What is it that enables one human being to so respond to another in an act of violence that treats the sanctity of human life so cheaply?

Understanding ourselves as made in
the image of God, seeing in the faces of others the same dignity we so cherish for ourselves, loving our neighbours, offering forgiveness when impacted by hurt are some of the most cherished
of Christian values. More importantly, what they are not are simply platitudes. Perhaps more than ever our society needs to lay hold of these once more as medicine for our souls and that of our society. As always it can begin by each one of us doing our part.


Everyone is welcome to join any of the acts of worship that take place at the cathedral. Services are normally held at the following times:


Dean of Hereford



Everyone is welcome to join any of the acts of worship that take place at the cathedral. Services are normally held at the following times:

Monday – Saturday

7.30am – Morning Prayer 8am – Holy Communion 5.30pm – Evensong(Evensong is normally sung by the cathedral choir every day during term time except Wednesdays)


8am – Holy Communion 10am – Cathedral Eucharist 11.30am – Matins
3.30pm – Evensong

Other Services

Wednesday 12.15pm – Holy Communion

Wednesday 1.05pm – Prayers for Peace

Friday 12noon – Prayers at the Shrine of St Ethelbert

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Friday 1 February

HDICF: Healing
the Nation
Start: 1 February, 2019 at 7:30pm End: 1 February, 2019 at 8:30pm

Saturday 2 February

La nativité du
Start: 2 February, 2019 at 7:15pm End: 2 February, 2019 at 8:30pm

Afternoon Music
Organ Recital
Start: 9 February, 2019 at 3:00pm End: 9 February, 2019 at 3:30pm

Thursday 21 February

French Religious Art
Start: 21 February, 2019 at 7:00pm End: 21 February, 2019 at 8:15pm

Thursday 28 February

French Religious Art
Start: 28 February, 2019 at 7:00pm End: 28 February, 2019 at 8:15pm

Afternoon Music Organ Recital
Start: 9 March, 2019 at 3:00pm End: 9 March, 2019 at 3:30pm


Thursday 28 March

Celebrating our Nuremberg Link
Start: 28 March, 2019 at 7:00pm End: 28 March, 2019 at 8:15pm

Saturday 30 March 2019

Seth Lakeman

Start: 30 March, 2019 at 7:30pm End: 30 March, 2019 at 10:00pm


Afternoon Music Organ Recital
Start: 13 April, 2019 at 3:00pm End: 13 April, 2019 at 3:30pm

Afternoon Music
Organ Recital
Start: 4 May, 2019 at 3:00pm
End: 4 May, 2019 at 3:30pm 


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Cathedral Choir 

Do you know of a boy, aged 6–8 years of age, who might be interested in joining
the internationally-renowned Hereford Cathedral Choir? As well as singing in the cathedral, the choir regularly tours abroad, broadcasts on TV & radio, annual perform in London (Guards’ Chapel) and takes part in the world-famous Three Choirs Festival. 

It may be your son, or equally it may be a grandson, nephew or the son of friends – sometimes a gentle nudge of the parents might be needed! If a parent or guardian would like an informal discussion about the opportunities, Geraint Bowen, the 

director of music, would be delighted to hear from you (01432 374238, organist@ herefordcathedral.org or visit www. herefordcathedral.org). All choristers receive generous scholarships to the cathedral school and, in some cases, fully-funded places can be made available. 


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