The worship of God has taken place in Lichfield Cathedral for more than 1300 years. The Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer are recited daily. In the mornings we use Common Worship Daily Prayer; the evening office is sung according to the Book of Common Prayer during term-time and most weekends of the school holidays by our own cathedral choir or visiting choirs.
These offices (from Latin officium = ceremony, service, duty) consist of two Scripture readings, the recitation of the psalter, canticles of praise and intercessory prayer for Church and world. The Holy Eucharistic is also offered daily.
Lichfield Cathedral was designed to be filled with the music of worship. A choirboy singing softly at one end can be heard clearly at the other. When the organ swells and the choir is in full voice, the wonderful sound rolls around the aisles and the rafters drawing the whole building and everyone in it into the praise of God.
Organ and choir together are thus central to what we are about. We have a splendid and rich choral tradition, maintained and developed superbly over the years.
Outside school terms, the music is maintained by visiting choirs and the Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir. As in many cathedrals, Lichfield is host to choirs from home and abroad particularly during the summer holidays from late July to early September. You can find details all of the services and music sung on the Music List.