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Jubilee Gala Concert at York Minster

Join York Minster’s associate choirs for an evening of breath-taking choral music accompanied by the cathedral’s Grand Organ in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Ebor Singers and The Chapter House Choir will join with musicians from York Minster for a traditional jubilee celebration with a modern twist in the beautiful setting of the cathedral’s Nave.

The programme will feature popular coronation pieces, including Handel’s Zadok the Priest, alongside music associated with the royal family and York Minster, including pieces by Francis Jackson and Philip Moore.

It will be one of the first concerts to feature York Minster’s newly restored Grand Organ accompanying the choirs, following the instrument’s once-in-a-century refurbishment which was completed last year.

Ticket prices in the main Nave area range from £12.00 to £18.50 with a concession rate of £5 for people aged under 27 and can be booked online or by calling the York Minster Box Office on 01904 557200. Tickets for unreserved seats in the Nave side aisles cost £8.00 and can be booked here.

The concert is part of a summer of music at York Minster which includes a spectacular Jazz Eucharist in June featuring music from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts and The Grand Organ Returns – The Inaugural Recital Series, which will run during July and August.

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Seasonal Lates

Experience York Minster in the evening light when the cathedral opens its doors on Friday and Saturday evenings during the summer holidays for its seasonal lates.

Visitors will be welcomed back for general admission visits from 7.00pm, following the cathedral’s Evensong service, and have until 10pm to explore the medieval cathedral (with last admission at 9.00pm).

The evening lates will include the elements of a daytime visit – time to explore the 800-year-old Minster, access to discover nearly 2,000 years of history in the Undercroft Museum and the opportunity to book Tower Trips.

Tickets for evening lates must be booked in advance, tickets are available here.

 

Entry to the cathedral during the evening is via the South Door.

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A Service of Celebration to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen

To mark the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, York Minster will be hosting a special service with the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire and the Archbishop of York giving thanks for 70 years of dedicated service. There will be special prayers, readings and celebratory music sung by the Choir of York Minster and the Archbishop of York will preach.

The service will also be livestreamed via our YouTube channel and this page.

 

The order of service is available here.

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Cathedrals at Night

Experience York Minster in a different light as the cathedral opens its doors after hours for an evening of contemplation, organ music and candlelight.

The evening is part of the national Cathedrals at Night initiative, coordinated by the Association of English Cathedrals (AEC), which will see cathedrals across the country welcoming people for the evening to explore their beautiful buildings and enjoy a taste of cathedral life.

The Minster event will begin with our regular Evensong service at 5.30pm, which all are welcome to attend, followed by the evening opening from 6.30pm. Visitors will be able to explore the cathedral’s Nave and East End, light a candle for inclusion in an installation in the Quire and listen to beautiful organ music inspired by a moonlight theme played by the Minster’s organists.

The Minster’s Crypts – which house the tomb of St William of York, the only saint to be buried at the cathedral – will also be open for visitors to explore.

Admission is free and no booking is required.

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Easter Holidays at York Minster

Discover York Minster with an exciting series of free holiday activities for children.

 

Experience Easter Trail  

Monday 11 April – Sunday 24 April

Collect an Experience Easter Trail and explore six interactive stops around the cathedral to learn more about the Easter story.

The stops include the chance to decorate a paper spring flower to take home inspired by the Minster’s Easter Garden.

The trail is suitable for all ages, both adults and children.

Find out more HERE.

 

Saturday Mornings at York Minster

Saturday 16 April, 10am

Join our new sessions for families – Saturday Mornings at York Minster – and get hands on creating a spring paper flower inspired by the cathedral’s Easter garden.

Families are invited to create a paper flower inspired by the Minster’s Easter garden. The session will also include a short Stations of the Cross service for families in Dean’s Park.

Families are invited to come at any time during the 45 minute event, which starts at 10.00am, and stay for as long or as little as they like.

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Stations of the Cross

Follow the footsteps of Jesus and journey around seven stations in Dean’s Park, featuring artwork by local school children and material to encourage reflection and prayer. A final station will be placed inside the Minster on Easter Day, Sunday 17 April.

The stations will be available for people to explore each day in Dean’s Park, which lies to the north of the cathedral and is open daily from 7am to 7pm.

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Sculpture Trail

Over three hundred years ago a talented and famous sculptor called Grinling Gibbons created some of the many monuments at York Minster.

Inspired by the Grinling Gibbons exhibition currently on display, follow our sculpture trail and hunt for sculptures and carvings which have been hidden in the building for centuries.

 

Undercroft Museum

Get hands-on with history in our Undercroft museum. Follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers, discover the Minster’s connections to Viking York and see archaeological finds from across the centuries in state-of-the-art chambers beneath the cathedral.

The Undercroft Museum tells the story of two millennia of York’s history through digital displays and artefacts from the cathedral’s historic collection, never before on public display.

Find out more HERE.

 

Our Little Explorer backpacks will also be available from the admissions desk to help younger visitors explore the cathedral during their visit.

Entry to York Minster is free for children, general admission tickets can be pre-booked HERE.

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Open-air cinema in Dean’s Park

The UK’s leading open-air cinema is returning to York Minster’s Dean’s Park from Tuesday 30 August to Thursday 1 September with a line-up of all the latest blockbusters, alongside classic feel-good favourites on the big screen.

This year marks the triumphant return of Hollywood cinema to the big screen, and what better way to celebrate than on a giant screen in a beautiful open-air setting?

The programme for Summer 2022 includes the 25th masterpiece in the James Bond franchise No Time to Die, followed by the magical Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and for the ultimate Suuuummmmer Niiiiigggght we’ve got the return of Grease to the big screen!

With fantastic food and drink, VIP sofas, brand new two-seater deckchairs and the truly unique backdrop of York Minster, this is an unmissable event. Get planning that date night or round up your friends for a summer of al fresco cinema.

 

Join us for a night of cinema under the stars:

Tuesday 30 August – No Time to Die

Wednesday 31 August – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Thursday 1 September – Grease

 

Capacities are strictly limited, and all tickets must be booked in advance. Book early to avoid missing out and to secure an Early Bird discount on the price!

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Holy Week

In Holy Week, we walk with Jesus through the Passion story: from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; to his trial, and execution, commemorated on Good Friday; through the grief and silence of Holy Saturday, to the utter joy of the resurrection on Easter Day.

This year, The Most Revd and Rt Hon Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York journeys with us through Holy Week

Choral Evensong is sung daily during Holy Week by the Choir of York Minster, Monday 11 to Saturday 16 April, with seasonal psalmody and music, scripture and prayers and becoming more sparse and simple each day.

Livestreamed services will be available on this page and on our YouTube channel.

 

Palm Sunday, 10 April

Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week and the Sunday before Easter Day. On this day we commemorate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

We will mark this day with a Procession and Eucharist at 10.30am, Choral Evensong at 4pm and a performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion at 7.30pm.

Find out more about these services here.

 

Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 April, 7.30pm, Holy Week Address by the Archbishop of York followed by Compline

Each address is followed by the beautiful candlelit service of night prayer or ‘compline’ sung by the Ebor Singers. This service is a form of prayer said at the completion of the day, and traditionally after this service we are encouraged to enter into a time of silence. The Archbishop of York will preach at these services.

This service will also be livestreamed.

 

Wednesday 13 April, 7.30pm, Holy Week Address by the Archbishop of York followed by Tenebrae

The service of Tenebrae is sung by The Ebor Singers. The service recounts the betrayal of Jesus and the events of the passion in music and silence and through the gradual extinguishing of candles. The Archbishop of York will give his third Holy Week Address at this service.

This service will also be livestreamed.

Find out more about the Holy Week Address here.

 

Maundy Thursday, 14 April

On Maundy Thursday we contemplate Christ’s call to service as he washed his disciples’ feet and give thanks for the gift of Holy Communion as we remember the Last Supper.

There will be three services for Maundy Thursday. The Chrism Eucharist at 11am, the Liturgy of Maundy Thursday Eucharist at 7pm and the Watch at 8.30pm.

The Chrism Eucharist will also be livestreamed.

Find out more about these services here.

 

Good Friday, 15 April

On Good Friday, we will remember the crucifixion of Jesus with the Liturgy of Good Friday at 10am and the Three Hours’ Devotion from 12noon to 3pm.

These services will also be livestreamed.

Find out more about these services here.

 

Holy Saturday, 16 April

Join our session for families – Saturday Mornings at York Minster – and get hands on creating a spring paper flower inspired by the cathedral’s Easter garden.

Find out more about this event here.

The Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter and Confirmations moves from darkness to light. The Archbishop of York will preach and preside at this service which takes place at 8pm.

Find out more about this service here.

 

Easter Day, 17 April

On Easter Day, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion.

There will be four services held on Easter Day, 8am Holy Communion, 10am Choral Matins , 11am Festal Eucharist and 4pm Solemn Evensong.

The Eucharist and Evensong will also be livestreamed.

Find out more about these services here.

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Easter Day

On Easter Day, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion.

8.00am: Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer
A simple said service in the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer and King James Bible.

10.00am: Choral Matins on Easter Day
Following the pattern of Matins from the Book of Common Prayer, with sung psalms, canticles and an anthem.

 

11.00am: Festal Eucharist on Easter Day – this service will also be livestreamed
We greet the risen Lord with joy, proclaiming Alleluia, Christ is risen, he is risen indeed! The Archbishop of York will preach and preside.

The order of service is available here.

 

4.00pm: Festal Evensong – this service will also be livestreamed

A great day of rejoicing culminates in an uplifting service of Choral Evensong.

The order of service is available here.

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Lent webinars

Join York Minster’s Lent Webinars and be guided through the most important festival for Christians around the world.

Prayer is integral to the life of any Christian and is the bedrock of everything that York Minster offers. To help us think about Prayer, in its widest context, a series of weekly webinars throughout Lent will explore the different ways we can enter into prayer.

The webinars will take place on Zoom on Thursdays at 7.30pm, beginning 10 March 2022. Each will be led by a guest speaker with expert knowledge in their field. Recordings of the webinars will also be available on our YouTube channel the following week.

 

Thursday 10 March – Art and Prayer

Led by Dr Deborah Lewer

As we enter the season of Lent, we will consider in this talk how works of visual art, old and new, might stimulate and challenge our images of prayer.

Deborah Lewer is an art historian and Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow. She specialises in the history of modern German art and in the rich relationship between art, faith and theology. She is a regular speaker in churches, theological colleges, on retreats and at festivals.

 

 

Thursday 17 March – Prayer as Lament and Hope

Led by Wendy Lloyd

This talk will reflect on the rage and hope expressed in and through the practice of lament, a form of prayer that is being retrieved in these challenging times. Wendy will share reflections and insights from the ‘Rage and Hope’ book published by SPCK last year to mark the 75th Anniversary of Christian Aid.

Wendy Lloyd coordinates the prayer and worship resources for Christian Aid and co-edited ‘Rage and Hope: 75 prayers for a better world’ (SPCK). She also creates faith content for the Guild of Health and St. Raphael. She has an MLitt in ‘Bible and the Contemporary World’ from St. Andrews University. She lives and works on a croft on the Isle of Mull, Scotland, and has a keen interest in pilgrimage.

 

 

Thursday 24 March – Habits of Prayer

Led by Canon Jessica Martin

In ‘Habits of Prayer’ we think about the repeated actions of daily and seasonal prayer, and their relationship to time and eternity.

Jessica Martin grew up in Woking, Surrey. She read English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, alongside being a single parent, and later worked as an academic in the field of English Literature, specialising in religious life writing.  In the early 2000s she trained as an Anglican priest, pursuing the academic and priestly vocations in parallel as a self-supporting minister. She left academic life in 2010 to become a parish priest in South Cambridgeshire.  She has written about the Daily Office in her edited volume, ‘For God’s Sake: Re-imagining Priesthood and Prayer in a Changing Church’ (2016).

Jessica has been Residentiary Canon for Learning at Ely Cathedral since 2016. Her book ‘Holiness and Desire’, about the roots of human desire and the consequences of its modern commodification, came out in 2020. In 2021 she gave the Bampton Lectures at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, on the topic ‘Four-Dimensional Eucharist, which explores the influence of the Eucharist on modernity and modernity on the Eucharist.

 

 

Thursday 31 March – Praying as part of a Global Christian Family

Led by Revd Canon Dr Anderson H M Jeremiah

Global Christianity is much more fluid, dynamic, conflictual, and even messy than it is often presented. The centre of Christianity’s shift from ‘The West’ to the ‘Global South’, urges us to consider the political, cultural, and philosophical underpinnings of lived Christianity. Further Christian communities need to be understood within the complex contexts of poverty, intense persecution, rising religious nationalism, growing political populism, and rapid secularization. The church is also going through a momentous period in its history with issues surrounding human sexuality, racial and ethnic divisions, and climate change. Anderson’s reflections will explore the spiritual, social and political meaning of ‘prayer’ in the context of Global Christianity.

Anderson H M Jeremiah is an Associate Professor of World Christianity at University of Lancaster and Visiting Professor of Anglican Studies at Episcopal Divinity School, New York. Anderson also serves as the Canon Theologian of Blackburn Cathedral.

Anderson grew up in India and was ordained as a priest in the Church of South India (an Anglican Province). Anderson’s research interests and publications focus on the lived facet of World Christianity, and its theological and missional engagement with the wider society. Anderson is deeply passionate about social, racial, and environmental justice as a Gospel imperative. His passion for working towards justice and peace as central to Christian Discipleship stems from his early experience as a Dalit Christian in India, which he strives to translate into global context, be it addressing racism, religious hatred, xenophobia and environmental crisis. Anderson has published widely on themes including Political Theology, Liberation Hermeneutics and Radical Ecclesiology.

 

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Call: 0330 088 5830 or 0131 460 1196

Webinar ID: 814 1702 9145
Passcode: 114983

 

Thursday 7 April – Poetry Enriching Prayer

Led by Revd Mark Russell-Smith

Accepting the many other valid ways and aids to prayer, this webinar will focus on how all poetry can enable us to articulate more imaginatively a love encounter with God.

Mark was born and brought up in Kenya and started his working life in horticulture. He then studied Theology and Anthropology at St John’s College, Durham, and Cross-cultural Missiology at All Nations Christian College, Hertfordshire, and New College, Edinburgh.
Ordained in 1972 he had a varied ministry in the UK and Kenya before moving to York on retirement. Exploring and praying the poetry of George Herbert has been a particular retirement project!

Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84202059885?pwd=WVRkVUZxZ3hpVkcydHR5b2s3TmdBQT09

Call: 0330 088 5830 or 0131 460 1196

Webinar ID: 842 0205 9885
Passcode: 028752

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Half-term activities at York Minster

Discover York Minster with an exciting series of free half-term activities for children.

Dragon Quest Trail

Legendary knight, St George, needs your help to find all the dragons in York Minster! Follow the clues and complete your noble quest to discover more about these fascinating fiery Creatures that decorate the building.

Sculpture Trail

Over three hundred years ago a talented and famous sculptor called Grinling Gibbons created some of the many monuments at York Minster.

Get creative and take inspiration from the Grinling Gibbons exhibition and follow our sculpture trail, hunt for sculptures and carvings which have been hidden in the building for centuries.

Undercroft Museum

Get hands-on with history in our Undercroft museum. Follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers, discover the Minster’s connections to Viking York and see archaeological finds from across the centuries in state-of-the-art chambers beneath the cathedral.

The Undercroft Museum tells the story of two millennia of York’s history through digital displays and artefacts from the cathedral’s historic collection, never before on public display.

 

Our Little Explorer backpacks will also be available from the admissions desk to help younger visitors explore the cathedral during their visit.

Entry to York Minster is free for children, general admission tickets can be pre-booked here.

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Farewell Services for Dean Jonathan

Join us in York Minster and online to celebrate the ministry of The Right Reverend Dr Jonathan Frost, Dean of York, in his final services among us.

+Jonathan was appointed Dean of York in November 2018 and was installed in a service at York Minster on 2nd February 2019. He was recently announced as the 10th Bishop of Portsmouth where he will begin his new ministry later in the spring

Sunday 16 January – 11am

Choral Eucharist

Dean Jonathan will preach and preside at this service, which will include music from the Choir of York Minster, hymns, readings and prayers.

All are welcome, no booking required.

The service will also be livestreamed via this page and our YouTube channel.

Sunday 16 January – 4pm

Choral Evensong

The Archbishop of York, The Most Reverend Stephen Cottrell will join Dean Jonathan for this service of Choral Evensong. The service will include music from the Choir of York Minster, hymns, readings and prayers.

All are welcome, no booking required.

The service will also be livestreamed via this page and our YouTube channel.

Light refreshments will be served after both services although these are subject to the prevailing restrictions in January.

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A day to remember those who have died

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

The grief of bereavement during 2020 and 2021 has been amplified by the impact of the pandemic, with many people prevented from being with their loved one in their last hours and then having to navigate restrictions on funerals and memorial services.

We will be closed for sightseeing but open with free entry to welcome people into the cathedral who have been recently bereaved so they can remember their loved ones.

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. Minster Chaplains will be available throughout the day alongside members of the St Leonard’s Hospice Bereavement Support Team. The team provides bereavement support free of charge and you do not need a connection to the hospice – see its website for more information: stleonardshospice.org.uk/grief

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 always remember loved ones who have died, will take place at 5.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

 

The day forms part of a season of remembering at the Minster which includes the return of the digital art installation People We Love, in partnership with York Mediale, the observation of the national two minutes’ silence on Thursday 11 November at 11am and the annual service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration for Remembrance Sunday on 14 November.

 

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