At the heart of St Machar’s Cathedral is the weekly pattern of prayer and worship. With regular services twice every Sunday, the liturgical calendar gives the structure to celebrate and worship God as has happened on this site for over 1400 years.
As a visitor we trust that you will find in this community that mercy, love and humility, which are marks of the body of Christ, the people of the beatitudes.
Holy communion is celebrated twice monthly, on the last Sunday of every month at 11am, and on the first Sunday of every month at 6pm.
During the morning service a Creche welcomes children up to the age of five years - at any time. Join the crèche in the session house behind the organ.
The Sunday School for young people between 5 and 13 starts off together with the adult service at 11am. After an address and the day’s reading the children then go to their service in the Gatehouse. They return to the cathedral for the end of the adult service.
Coffee and tea are served after all services except during Holy Week. On Sunday morning this is served in the West End and in the evening in the Gatehouse.
There are also special services through the year:
Christmas Eve at 6 pm the Christingle Service for children, their parents and grandparents
Christmas Eve at 11 pm the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Christmas Day at 11 am Holy Communion
Ash Wednesday at 7.30 pm
Holy Week Monday to Friday at 7.30 pm, Good Friday at 11 am and Holy Saturday at 12 noon
All Saints Day
In addition there are wedding, funeral and memorial services, and special services for community groups such as schools.