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The Installation of the 77th Dean of York

The Very Reverend Dominic Barrington, Dean Designate, will be installed as the 77th Dean of York during a special service of Choral Evensong at York Minster.

The service, which will take place at 3.00pm on Saturday 12 November, is the final part of the ceremonial sequence that appoints him as Dean of York.

During this service of Choral Evensong, Dean Dominic will give his first sermon in the cathedral and will be commended in his new ministry by the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell.

The service of prayers, readings and music will be sung by the Choir of York Minster and will include a special hymn composed for the new Dean, as well as pieces by Walton, Daley, Bainton and Vaughan Williams.

All are welcome to join the service, no booking is required.

The installation will also be livestream via our YouTube channel and this page, so people can join the service from the comfort of their own home.

The service booklet can be found here.

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Armistice Day

At just before 11.00am, York Minster will come to a standstill as prayers are said for all those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of their country in the First and Second World Wars and in subsequent conflicts since.  Great Peter will toll eleven times at 11.00am followed by the National Two Minutes’ Silence.

Details of our Remembrance Sunday services can be found here.

Armistice Day forms part of a Season of Remembering at the Minster which includes the Feast of All Saints Day on Monday 1 November, a day to remember those who have died on All Souls’ Day on Tuesday 2 November, an installation in the Chapter House of the Yorkshire Speak Their Name memorial quilt (2 – 10 November), and the Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration for Remembrance Sunday on 13 November.

 

York Minster’s Season of Remembering

This year’s Season of Remembering at York Minster will help us to engage with the extraordinary power of love, the grief and pain of bereavement and the opportunity to honour and to pay our respects to those who have died in past conflicts.

The Revd Canon Michael Smith, Acting Dean of York, said:  “All of us carry in our hearts the memory of relatives, friends, colleagues and acquaintances who have died leaving us bereft. Many are still grieving for those who died during the pandemic when visiting the sick was difficult or impossible and attendance at funerals were limited. This year we will all also be remembering Queen Elizabeth II and all that she meant to us, our nation and the Commonwealth.

“We are providing a safe place for people to grieve, to remember, to honour and to pray for all their loved ones who have died, whether they died years ago or in recent months. We hope that people will attend services or simply just come to the Minster to sit, reflect, pray or to light a candle in memory of their loved ones.”

More information about York Minster’s season of Remembering can be found here.

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Yorkshire Speak Their Name memorial quilt

Please note the Yorkshire Speak Their Name memorial quilt will be unavailable to view on Wednesday 9 November

In the season of remembering, the quilt which will be displayed in the Chapter House movingly commemorates lives lost to suicide. Their individual squares were created in memory of those lost to suicide with a Yorkshire connection.

As well as remembering loved ones they have lost, those making a square are able to connect to and support each other and also find some peace and healing through crafting.

The quilt forms part of a Season of Remembering at the Minster which includes the Feast of All Saints Day on Tuesday 1 November, a day to remember those who have died on All Souls’ Day on Wednesday 2 November, the observation of the national two minutes’ silence on Friday 11 November at 11.00am, and the Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration for Remembrance Sunday on 13 November.

 

 York Minster’s Season of Remembering

This year’s Season of Remembering at York Minster will help us to engage with the extraordinary power of love, the grief and pain of bereavement and the opportunity to honour and to pay our respects to those who have died in past conflicts.

The Revd Canon Michael Smith, Acting Dean of York, said:  “All of us carry in our hearts the memory of relatives, friends, colleagues and acquaintances who have died leaving us bereft. Many are still grieving for those who died during the pandemic when visiting the sick was difficult or impossible and attendance at funerals were limited. This year we will all also be remembering Queen Elizabeth II and all that she meant to us, our nation and the Commonwealth.

“We are providing a safe place for people to grieve, to remember, to honour and to pray for all their loved ones who have died, whether they died years ago or in recent months. We hope that people will attend services or simply just come to the Minster to sit, reflect, pray or to light a candle in memory of their loved ones.”

More information about York Minster’s season of Remembering can be found here.

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A day to remember those who have died

Wednesday 2 November, 9.30am – 4.00pm

Wednesday 2 November is All Souls’ Day in the Christian calendar and this year York Minster will mark the date with a special day to remember those who have died.

We will be closed for sightseeing but open with free entry to welcome people into the cathedral who have been recently bereaved or people who simply want to remember loved ones who died many years ago.

A space will be created inside the Minster for people to sit quietly, to reflect, to pray and to light a candle for their dead. 

Entry is free and no pre-booking is required.

 

Requiem Eucharist for All Souls’ Day – 5.30pm

The annual Requiem Eucharist for All Souls’ Day, at which we remember loved ones who have died, will take place at 5.30pm with Victoria’s Missa pro defunctis of 1605 performed by the Vicars Choral and Choral Scholars of the Choir of York Minster.

All are welcome to attend.

The day forms part of a Season of Remembering at the Minster which includes the Feast of All Saints Day on Monday 1 November, an installation in the Chapter House of the Yorkshire Speak Their Name memorial quilt (2 – 10 November), the observation of the national two minutes’ silence on Friday 11 November at 11.00am, and the Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration for Remembrance Sunday on 13 November.

 

York Minster’s Season of Remembering

This year’s Season of Remembering at York Minster will help us to engage with the extraordinary power of love, the grief and pain of bereavement and the opportunity to honour and to pay our respects to those who have died in past conflicts.

The Revd Canon Michael Smith, Acting Dean of York, said:  “All of us carry in our hearts the memory of relatives, friends, colleagues and acquaintances who have died leaving us bereft. Many are still grieving for those who died during the pandemic when visiting the sick was difficult or impossible and attendance at funerals were limited. This year we will all also be remembering Queen Elizabeth II and all that she meant to us, our nation and the Commonwealth.

“We are providing a safe place for people to grieve, to remember, to honour and to pray for all their loved ones who have died, whether they died years ago or in recent months. We hope that people will attend services or simply just come to the Minster to sit, reflect, pray or to light a candle in memory of their loved ones.”

More information about York Minster’s season of Remembering can be found here.

 

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Nine Lessons and Carols

Two services consisting of nine special readings, carols sung by the Choir of York Minster and hymns for everyone to join in. A traditional Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

The services take place on Thursday 22 December at 5.30pm and Saturday 24 December at 4.00pm. Both services will last approximately 90 minutes. Doors open an hour before the services starts.

Free tickets must be booked in advance for both these services and will be available from 10.00am on Thursday 8 December via this page or by calling 01904 557200.

The service on Saturday 24 December at 4.00pm will also be livestreamed via our YouTube channel and this page so you can enjoy the service from the comfort of your own home.

 

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Sankta Lucia: Festival of Light

An atmospheric, candlelit procession and carol service for all the family based on the traditional Swedish Lucia celebration.

In Sweden, Lucia is one of the most significant traditions in the calendar – a powerful symbol and celebration of light and an integral part of the Advent season. The celebration of Sankta Lucia is based on the bravery and martyrdom of a young Sicilian girl – St Lucy – who died in the early fourth century. Her name and story reached Sweden along with Christianity, and she remained popular even after the Reformation as the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter.

This year’s service will feature the London Nordic Choir, who will form the procession which enters the cathedral’s Nave singing the traditional Lucia song. The singers are dressed in white gowns and carry candles, with Lucia herself as the focal point, wearing a crown of candles and a red ribbon around her waist, symbolising her martyrdom.

The service is run in partnership with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.

Doors open at 6.45pm.

Free, no booking required. All are welcome. 

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The York Minster Christmas Tree Festival

Experience the York Minster Christmas Tree Festival, set inside the medieval Minster this year, with around 40 trees on display in the cathedral’s stunning Chapter House and Lady Chapel.

Explore the trees, which will be decorated to individual themes by local businesses, schools and charities, before adding your own Christmas message to a tag on the festival’s prayer trees.

The festival will open on Saturday 3 December at 10.00am with a special  Saturday Mornings at York Minster  session for families, and run during general admission times until Thursday 5 January.

Entry is free with general admission.

Please note, the trees may feature flashing lights.

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Christmas Carol Concerts

Tickets now available: 

To book reserved seats in our Central Nave click HERE.

To book unreserved seats in our Nave Side Aisles click HERE.

 

York Minster’s popular Christmas Carol Concerts return offering the perfect start to the festive season.

The Choir of York Minster, one of the UK’s leading cathedral choirs, will perform traditional and much loved Christmas music, with seasonal readings from a special guest and the chance for the audience to join in with carols.

The concerts take place in the beautiful setting of York Minster’s awe-inspiring Nave, and include music by the Yorkshire Volunteer Band.

Tickets for the popular concerts priced £15 – £30 will go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 4th October via this page or by calling our Box Office team on 01904 557200.

Doors open at 6.00pm

 

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Floral tributes for Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Mourners can lay floral tributes for Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in York Minster’s Dean’s Park, beneath the Five Sisters’ Window.

York Minster’s Five Sisters’ Window was unveiled in 1925 by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother (known then as the Duke and Duchess of York) as a memorial dedicated to all women of the British Empire who lost their lives during the First World War.

Any floral tributes left in other areas of York Minster’s Precinct will be carefully moved to Dean’s Park.

Dean’s Park is open from 7.30 am to 7.00 pm daily. York Minster politely requests that no photographs, souvenirs, or food items are left with floral tributes.

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Worship during the period of mourning

Following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96, the country has entered a period of mourning, during which time York Minster will observe the following pattern of worship.

Monday to Saturday:

7.30am – Morning Prayer in the Nave

7.50am – Holy Communion

12.00pm – Holy Communion in the Nave

2.00pm – Hourly Prayer

3.00pm – Hourly Prayer

5.30pm – Choral Evensong with the Choir of York Minster and specially selected music and prayers (Evening Prayer on Monday 19 September)

 

This pattern of worship and prayer will follow throughout the official period of national mourning, Monday to Saturday. The pattern of worship on Sundays can be found here.

All are welcome to the Minster to pray or reflect. Entry is free.

 

Dates of note/special services:

Saturday 17 September

5.30pm – Commemorative Service of Evensong for Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

This Choral Evensong Service with special prayers and music will take place in the Nave to commemorate and give thanks for the life of the late Queen.

Full details can be found here. 

 

Sunday 18 September

4pm – Civic Service of Commemoration for Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Led by the Acting Dean of York, The Revd Canon Michael Smith, this is the City of York’s civic service honouring the life and service of the late Queen.  Councillors and Aldermen from City of York Council will process into the Minster ahead of the service.  There will be special music and prayers for the late Queen, the new King and the Royal Family.

Please arrive in good time to be seated for this service – doors open at 3.00pm.

Full details can be found here.

8pm – National One Minute Silence

At a few minutes before the hour, people queuing inside and outside the Minster will be invited by members of the cathedral’s clergy to prepare for the national one minute silence in honour of the late Queen Elizabeth.  The minute’s silence will commence as the Minster’s Great Peter Bell strikes the final chime on the hour.

 

Monday 19 September – The State Funeral

Daily services will take place at 7.30am, 7.50am, 12 noon and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm.

Outside of each service, the Books of Condolence will be open for the final day from 9.30am until 7.30pm.

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Choral Compline for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

A service of Choral Compline will take place this evening at 8.30pm with the Archbishop of York. Prayers will be offered for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

All are welcome, no booking is required.

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Platinum and Light – SOLD OUT

TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT 

 

Experience York Minster in a different light this October when the cathedral’s cavernous Nave will be illuminated with a new sound and light projection – Platinum and Light.

The new installation has been created by award winning artists Ross Ashton and Karen Monid, who created the spectacular Northern Lights projection and sound artwork, which ran at the Minster in October 2019.

The new show, which will run for eight nights from Thursday 20 to Thursday 27 October, takes inspiration from Her Late Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It uses precious metals through the ages, including gold, silver and platinum, to journey through key moments in York’s and the Minster’s history and their royal connections.

The Minster’s Nave will be cleared of chairs for the events and the projection will run the full length of the Nave’s ceiling and West End, surrounding the listener with soundscapes and music.

The events will help raise funds for the Minster’s current project to conserve the medieval St Cuthbert Window, which is one of the largest surviving narrative windows in Europe, and the stonework of the surrounding South Quire Transept.

Event times and prices

The events will open on Thursday 20 October with the first show at 9pm, and then run daily until Thursday 27 October with two showings each evening at 7.30pm and 9pm.

On Sunday 23 October the shows will be at the earlier times of 6.30pm and 8pm, and these showings also have a reduced capacity.

Doors will open approximately 30 minutes beforehand. The projection will be shown twice during each time slot allowing visitors to move location in the Nave and experience the installation from a different perspective. The experience will last approximately 30 minutes in total.

Tickets are available now and cost £7.50 each, or £25 for a family ticket for up to two adults and two children (aged 16 and under). You can also book tickets by contacting the York Minster Box Office on 01904 557200.

*Please note that the projection includes flashing lights and loud audio and music in places.

This is a standing-only event and the Nave will be cleared of chairs. There will be limited seating available for those who need it but this may have a restricted view of the projection. Please contact our bookings team in advance if you have any additional access requirements: bookings@yorkminster.org

Watch the trailer: 

 

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