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While York Minster is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re inviting people to join us in worship from their own homes.

York Minster’s clergy has created a variety of online daily prayer resources which you can use during your worship at home. These prayers have been created to suit a range of needs including, prayers for children and prayers for those experiencing hard times. The Church of England has also made a range of resources available online, including daily prayer materials.

As well as the daily prayer resources, a member of the Minster clergy will also be sharing a reflection or thought, often relating to a bible passage, each week.
All previous reflections can be found below.

York Minster daily prayer resources

The cathedral’s clergy has produced a series of prayer booklets for use during daily worship at home. Explore the resources below:

Living with risk
We are all having to face up to difficult decisions about risk for ourselves and for each other. Canon Michael has written a theological reflection about risk. Read his reflection here.

Prayer requests
Clergy at York Minster have launched a new initiative to use the Paschal Candle as a focus for prayer for all those directly, or indirectly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Family and friends can email the clergy with a request for their loved one, or for someone for whom they are concerned, to be remembered in a prayer that will be said at the Paschal Candle. You can find more information about the initiative here.

The email address to request a prayer and a candle to be lit for those who have recently died is prayer@yorkminster.org. All emails will receive a response within 48 hours.

A Liturgy for the Lighting of the Paschal Candle to remember those affected by the Coronavirus can be found here.

Church of England daily prayer resources

The Church of England has made a range of worship resources available online, including audio of its prayer during the Day and Night Prayer. Visit their Church Online page for more information.

Reflection of the Day

Canon Chris reflects on the relevance of Alcuin of York by encouraging us to delight in things for their own sake.

Alcuin of York


Previous York Minster Clergy Reflections

Daily reflection (posted 14 May)
Canon Michael has written a reflection for the Feast Day of St Matthias. St Matthias is the only disciple ever known to have won the lottery.

The Feast Day of St Matthias


Daily reflection (posted 8 May)
Canon Vicky Johnson reflects on Julian of Norwich’s visions and how they challenge us to work towards a society which is founded on love and compassion for all people.

Julian of Norwich- A saint for our times

Daily reflection (posted 1 May)
Canon Michael has written a reflection for the Feast Day of St Philip and James.

Reflection for Feast Day


Daily reflection (posted 29 April)
Reverend Catriona Cummings reflects on the love, truth and perseverance of Catherine of Siena, teacher of faith.

Catherine of Siena


Daily reflection (posted 27 April)
On this day, the Church of England remembers the Poet and Spiritual writer Christina Rossetti. 

Remembering Christina Rossetti


Daily reflection (posted 25 April)
The Revd Canon Dr Chris Collingwood reflects on Mark the Evangelist: our life is hidden with Christ in God.

Mark the Evangelist


A Special Maundy Thursday reflection (posted 9 April)
Reverend Abigail Davison reflects on how the seemingly little things can make a big difference in our lives.


Daily reflection (posted 8 April)
Revd Canon Maggie McLean (Missioner) reflects on the Gospel passage John 11: 1-44, and the reality of Christ’s embrace of human life and suffering.

Jesus Wept


Daily reflection (posted 7 April)
Revd Catriona Cumming reflects on how you can find hope in the courage and conviction of Jesus, even in the most difficult times.

Tuesday of Holy Week 2020


Daily reflection (posted 6 April)
Ever wondered what Judas was thinking on Palm Sunday? Canon Michael has written a story about how he might have experienced that strange day…

Judas and the triumphal entry into Jerusalem


Daily reflection (posted 3 April)
Revd Catriona Cummings shares her thoughts on how in today’s current climate the most loving thing you can do for your friends and family to to stay at home.

John 10: 31-end (accompanying reading)


Daily reflection (posted 2 April)
Abigail Davison is a Distinctive Deacon who has been based in York Minster since her ordination in 2018.  Until very recently she worked as a care assistant, providing palliative care for patients in the final year of their life.  She has now moved into the post of Spiritual Care Lead at St Leonard’s Hospice, where she supports patients and staff as part of the holistic care team.

The Lament over Jerusalem

Daily reflection (posted 1 April)
A Reflection from Victoria Johnson, Canon Precentor. Vicky’s work involves overseeing the music and worshipping life of York Minster and she reflects here on her sadness when the Choirs of the Minster had to stop singing, but also her hope that our united voices might bring new hope to the world in this time of crisis.

How can we keep singing until we can sing again?


Daily reflection (posted 31 March)
The Revd Canon Maggie McLean (Missioner) reflects on the idea of new birth.

New birth


Daily reflection (posted 30 March)
The Revd Canon Michael Smith reflects on John chapter 8 verses 1-11.

Reflection on the gospel – John 8.1-11


Daily reflection (posted 27 March)
The Revd Canon Dr Chris Collingwood reflects on Gerard Manley Hopkin’s poem ‘God’s Grandeur’.

The Dearest Freshness Deep Down Things


Daily reflection (Posted 26 March)
The Revd Canon Maggie McLean (Missioner) reflects on the raising of Lazarus. 

I am the resurrection and the life

The Feast of Annunciation (Posted 25 March)
Canon Vicky Johnson (Precentor) offers two hymns and a reading as we mark the feast of the annunciation, when Mary receives news from an angel that she is to be the mother of God.

Download copy and hymns here

Sunday Sermon (Posted 22 March)

Canon Michael Smith (Pastor) reads his sermon from Lent 4 entitled Healing the blindness 
1 Samuel 16.1-13 & John 9


Thought of the day (posted 20 March 2020)
Our own Canon Michael Smith (Pastor) give his thoughts on the latest regarding the pandemic.


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