This week’s News from Liverpool Cathedral – a Place of Encounter


Catch up on the latest from Liverpool Cathedral for Sunday, 14th February 2021.

Welcome from Dean Sue

A very warm welcome to this e-news on the Sunday before Lent. As many of you will have seen we are intending to slowly re-open the Cathedral for public worship, but our message of stay at home and protect the NHS and each other still stands.

We will continue to live stream Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer/Evensong and the daily Eucharist every day from the Lady Chapel. On Ash Wednesday, 17 February, there will be a public service at12.05pm to mark the beginning of Lent. The service will take place in the main space and if you can enter via the Scott’s Suite. There will be a one way system in place and we ask that unless you have a medical exemption you wear a mask in the Cathedral. You do not have to book for the service, but we will track and trace people as you enter. If you wish to stay at home there will be a Diocesan Service for Ash Wednesday which will be streamed on our usual channels.

On Sundays our main Sunday worship will be the pre-recorded online service at 10.30. It will continue to have music and to have a preacher. The in-person service in the Cathedral at 10.30 will be a said service with no music and no preacher. Please enter by the Scott Suite entrance from 10.15am. There will be a one way system in place and we ask that unless you have a medical exemption you wear a mask in the Cathedral. As we move towards Palm Sunday we hope to increase what we can offer. Please do keep an eye out for further information about Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter.

We would love to see you, but please do heed ours and the Governments advice stay home, stay safe, and protect the NHS.

On another note we welcome Canon Dr Philip Anderson to the Cathedral and I know he is looking forward to meeting you all.

Please, Please Help

Could I please ask you to help the Canon Theologian by completing the survey. Last week he went to look at Liverpool Cathedral responses and only a couple of people had completed the survey which is not enough to analyze!

During the first lock down he developed, with a colleague, a survey to assess the impact of the lockdown on the church and its people. The first survey got over 10,000 responses and has been helpful to the wider Church. The research project is being re-run and clergy and lay people are being asked for their opinion.

The questionnaire will take about 20 minutes of your time, which will enable you to give a thorough picture of your experiences and opinions. This is an online survey. Most of the questions simply require you to click boxes, though there are options to specify your particular circumstances, and an opportunity at the end for you to tell us your views in your own words.

My hope is that this time there will be enough responses from people attending cathedrals for Leslie to be able to provide a helpful profile of cathedral ministry during the lockdown.

The survey can be completed on mobile phones (point your camera at the QR code), or it can be accessed using the following link:

Cathedral Company Zoom Call

In addition to the pre-recorded service on Sunday mornings at 10:30am, all are welcome to join us for a brew over Zoom for fellowship and conversation after the service. If you would like the Zoom details, please email Canon Neal at

Hello from Canon Philip

My first week at the cathedral has been rich in blessings, partly because it is such a special place to live and pray, partly because of the stunning, albeit streamlined Installation last Sunday, but most of all because I’ve been just beginning to get to know the people of the Cathedral Company. The talents and dedication of the people I have met are remarkable, as is the resilience I have seen each day, nearly a year since I last visited as a worshipper, before the world changed last Lent. On Sunday, shortly after 7am I will be interviewed on BBC Radio Merseyside, discussing Ash Wednesday this year. As the Dean has written this year we support the national message ‘Stay at Home’, and our recorded worship will be shared across the diocese, with music from the Cathedral Choir. In Lent we turn again to God, through practices we can embrace at home: daily prayer, study of the scripture, fasting from excessive food, and generosity to others. I look forward to walking this journey with you, alongside our Lord, through the wilderness, and towards the heart of our faith, the Passion and Resurrection. Through our common prayer each morning and evening, we join a vast company, even when physically alone, across the world today, but also across the generations, sustained by the hope that God is with us. I look forward to meeting more of you soon, and to meeting face to face when we can. 

Canon Philip

Thank you from Canon Myles

I am most grateful for the very generous gift from the Cathedral Company to mark my retirement as Canon Precentor and Vice Dean. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed. I am most grateful to you all. A chance conversation before Christmas with Dean Sue led to the suggestion that I might buy a set of white vestments, to replace a set which had become worn out over the years, and I have been delighted to do this. I’m hoping that they will arrive soon, and look forward to being able to share them with you when we are able to return to the Cathedral for worship and fellowship together before too long.

My years at the Cathedral have been rewarding and enjoyable, with lots of happy memories and many friendships to cherish and remember. I am already enjoying my new home in the Close and look forward to continuing to be part of the Cathedral Company in a new role.

With very grateful thanks and with my prayers,


Worship with us this week

Join us on-line for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer/Choral Evensong, broadcast live via our Facebook page.

Please click on the following link and select which service you wish to follow from the menu under ‘Services’: Liverpool Cathedral.

You can find our pre-recorded Sunday service, along with reflections on the Gospel reading by our Canon Theologian at Prayer for Liverpool:

Encountering Faith – “Lent with Lamentations”

Our new series commences on Zoom on Thursdays, 1-2pm, starting on 25th February. Read more here: Liverpool Cathedralhome/GettingInvolved/Exploring-Faith.

Lent Lectures

The annual Lent Lectures will be on Mondays 22nd February – 22nd March inclusive, all on-line via FaceBook and YouTube; 7.00pm-8.15pm. For more details of the first lecture, please visit: /events-calendar/lent_lecture_sankofa__for_such_a_time_as_this

Prayer Shawl Ministry

If you would like further information about the work of the Prayer Shawl Ministry Team – or would like to get involved by sponsoring, donating money or yarn or prayerful stitching, please contact Stella Barnes on 07722 165361 or by emailing

Prayer requests via our Prayer Wall

You can post prayer requests to us at:

Micah Liverpool Shopping List

Micah’s most needed items at the moment are pasta and rice, dry cereal, UHT milk, and toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap). Donations are always welcome throughout the winter months!

Cathedral Shop

Whilst you can’t visit us in person - why not browse our online shop where we are open 24/7 at

With Lent beginning this week, our online bookstall has some Lent books available including the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2021 Lent book at a special offer price. In Living his Story, Hannah Steele uncovers practical ways of sharing the gospel story afresh.

If you have a specific request that we can help you with, please feel free to email us -

All profits from the shop directly support the ever increasing work of Liverpool Cathedral.