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Welcome from the Precentor and Vice-Dean


Welcome to Norwich Cathedral’s presence on the web! Ours is a great, medieval building, well worth a visit in its own right as an important part of England’s built heritage, but more importantly, the Cathedral is first and foremost a place of prayer and worship, a place where “prayer has been valid” for almost a thousand years.

At our daily services at the present time, we are praying for peace in our troubled world, and for those who are working to bring it about. “May they first desire it with their whole heart and, so desiring, may seek it and, seeking, may find the peace Christ came to bring.” We also offer up the prayers of those who leave intercessions and requests every day. Many will light a candle, say a prayer and leave a note on our intercessions board: these are placed on the altar at the daily services of Holy Communion and those for whom prayers are asked are remembered by name.

For us, the next few months will be filled with challenges and exciting opportunities as we prepare to welcome the new Dean, Dr Jane Hedges, and learn to respond in new and fresh ways to our call to bring the Good News of God’s reign to the wider community in which we are set. Your prayers for us and for our work would be very welcome. 

As well as a house of prayer, the Cathedral is also a venue in which the love of God can be shown forth in all its richness through learning opportunities and hospitality, through the visual arts and in performance. Norwich Cathedral is here for you – we invite you to come and share the wonder. 

Everything that we receive from God in this wonderful world is a gift of his love. It comes to us with power, authority and all the energy we need to be faithful to our calling as Christians.

Norwich Cathedral is a Christian presence  at the heart of Norfolk. A place where all are welcome, A place to share learning, A place to grow in holiness.

Norwich Cathedral’s Mission Statement seeks to summarise the Cathedral’s role today. It is based on the unbroken tradition of worship, learning and hospitality first introduced by our Benedictine founder. These Benedictine principles inform all that we seek to do day by day. All of us who live, work and pray at Norwich Cathedral take seriously St Benedict's command to welcome visitors of all faiths and none, those from Norfolk and the thousands who visit us earch year from all over the world.

As a Christian presence at the heart of Norfolk, the Cathedral is famed for its architectural merit and breathtaking beauty but, above all, it is a house of prayer. For over 900 years it has stood as a witness to the Christian faith. It is this faith which inspired our founder in 1096 and which we seek to share with all who visit us in person and online.

As well as providing useful information about practicalities such as services, learning facilities, our history and how you can contribute to the next 900 years, this website aims to give you a glimpse of what we do, who we are and what we stand for.  I hope you will gain an impression of a community hard at work in a host of different ways to make this great Cathedral church, and its precincts, a place to be holy, a place to learn and a place to feel welcome.

The Reverend Canon Jeremy Haselock, Precentor and Vice-Dean

'All who arrive as guests are to be welcomed like Christ'.
The Rule of St Benedict.

What's On

March '14

Exhibition: John McLean Stained Glass

April '14

Exhibition: Norfolk Scribes: Letters after Lindisfarne
Seminar: A changing Church: women in ministry over fifty years

May '14

Organ Recital - Johan Hammarström
Julian of Norwich: a talk by Lord Williams
Norfolk & Norwich Festival - The Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage 2014 - SOLD OUT
Friends of Norwich Cathedral Annual Meeting
Broderers' Guild Workshop Tour
Norfolk & Norwich Festival: Cathedral Choir by Candlelight
Live Music Night - The Dude Coopers