We are please to announce that a new feature has been added to the Cathedral Podcast channel… Weekly Worship. To listen either go to our Cathedralcast page, or listen on the usual podcast channels such as “Apple” or “Google” Podcast apps.
During the current lockdown, in common with all other Churches in the UK, we are unable to provide worship within the Cathedral on a Sunday morning, or Evensong in the afternoon. The home page has links to these services and are updated each week. There are also services on our official YouTube channel and we are pleased to provide podcasts here on the website and through the usual channels.
The service is led by Revd Mark Johnstone, Minister of Glasgow Cathedral
Director of Music – Andrew Forbes
Cathedral Organist – Dr Malcolm Sim
Hymns are from the Church of Scotland Hymnary CH3
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In the event of severe weather, there is always the possibility that we cannot maintain our link to the internet. We normally record the service and if the broadcast is interrupted, we will try to make it available as soon as possible.
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It is with no small amount of sadness, I must inform you that 121 George Street has instructed us that as of tomorrow we are no longer to hold public worship in the Cathedral. We are not alone in this, as it affects all Church of Scotland parishes, and I suspect many other denominations as well.
We were informed by Rev Angus Mathieson, Interim Head, Faith Nurture as follows:
Church of Scotland – Covid-19 Briefing 17th March 2020 – Cancellation of Services and other information
The Church’s Covid-19 Task Group met this morning, and considered the most recent advice from the Scottish Government, issued on the evening of Monday 16th March, available here. This information from the Scottish Government takes precedence over the briefing note issued by myself at 17:53 on 16th March 2020.
The Scottish Government advised that people should minimise social contact by avoiding crowded areas and large gatherings, including religious congregations, and smaller gatherings, listing areas which were of concern.
Worship – Cancellation of Worship Services
In the light of the above, the Church of Scotland Task Group has agreed to ask, in the strongest terms, that all gatherings for worship should cease until further notice, with effect from Wednesday 17th March 2020, or earlier if possible. Other Scottish Churches are taking similar actions. This obviously includes Easter services. Some Presbyteries have already instructed this action. This will include, but not be restricted to, housegroups, meetings for youth work, and church cafes. It will still be possible for an individual to offer a livestreaming of a sermon and prayers. Further information on livestreaming, including information on copyright, can be found in this circular on the Law Department’s webpages here. Sunday broadcasts of a weekly service take place on Radio 4, and also on Radio Scotland; other radio stations are available.
Church buildings can be kept open as a place for people to come and pray. Notices should be clearly displayed asking that visitors observe robust hand hygiene, including washing their hands on entry to the church.
As a result, we have agreed with the Music Department, at least in the short term, that we will stream both a morning service and Choral Evensong at the normal times each Sunday, beginning on Sunday the 22nd. It is our intention to record these services in batches, and “play them out” at the appropriate times of 11:00 and 4:00. Both services will be available on YouTube and here on the Cathedral website.
Due to the current advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, we have reluctantly had to take the decision to suspend our free guided tours. We apologise to those who have booked a tour at any time from today, but as many of our guides fall within the “at risk” group for serious complications if they were to contract Covid19, we feel this is the correct decision.
The Cathedral will remain open to the public for the foreseeable future, and you are most welcome to visit during opening hours. Historic Environment Scotland has available, at a modest cost, an excellent audio guide which details many aspects of the history and architecture of Glasgow Cathedral. Although the Guides’ bookstall will be closed there will be selection of multi-language leaflets available.
Until further notice, as we’ve no way of knowing how long this epidemic will last, please do not request tours via our contact page.
Normally, when the Cathedral is open to tourists, any one is free to take pictures for personal use, (although we would appreciate a donation in any of the available boxes). If you intend to use a tripod, please make sure it has rubber feet. You can take pictures from any of the public areas and hope you have many happy memories of your visit to our Church.
Please note however, we do not appreciate photographs being taken of our practice of Christian Worship. The clergy find it distracting, and all view it as disrespectful. We would also appreciate it if you do not take photos, videos or sound recordings on Sunday afternoons when the Choir is rehearsing before the Service of Choral Evensong. We’re sure you would not appreciate someone coming into your place of work and filming you at your job (assuming you are not an actor).
All Kirk records older than 50 years are required to be lodged with the Church of Scotland offices at 121 George Street, Edinburgh. At the time of the Reformation, all materials pertaining to the Cathedral’s life as a Catholic Church, were removed we believe, to France.
One source of information about the location of graves throughout the world is findagrave.com. This is not a recommendation, but we’ve had some success in using the site.
The Cathedral does not hold any records of those buried in the immediate Old and New Burial Grounds, however we can put you in touch with someone who can provide limited research into family members interred. This is offered on a free, no guarantee basis. They may be contacted by using the Contact Form and selecting “To request assistance on tracing ancestors” as the reason for contacting the Cathedral from the drop down menu.
The Glasgow Necropolis, which sits above the Cathedral but has no direct connection with the Cathedral.This burial ground was always intended to be interdenominational and the first burial in 1832 was that of a Jew, Joseph Levi, a jeweller. In 1833 the first Christian burial was of Elizabeth Miles, stepmother of the Superintendent, George Mylne. Information on this may be obtained from the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.
After many years of faithful service our Church Officer, or Beadle, has retired. If you are interested in performing a key role in the life of Glasgow Cathedral we would be pleased to hear from you. This is a paid position and would involve working Sunday mornings and afternoons, plus other times during the year when services are held in the Cathedral. These would include Christmas and Easter; when weddings and funerals are held, together with school services etc.
It is a position which requires dignity, tact and a willingness to meet with and interact with many different people, sometimes at very difficult times in their lives. You would need to be physically fit as some moving of furniture, such as tables and chairs is involved. You would be responsible to the Minister and to the Kirk Session.
For further information please use the contact form and choose “Contact the Session Clerks” as the reason for contacting us.
Dr. A. Nevile Davidson was minister of Glasgow Cathedral between 1935 and 1967. He was one of the most influential churchmen of his generation and served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1962. Early in his ministry at the Cathedral he founded the Society of Friends which was responsible for the renovation of the Cathedral’s interior, particularly the installation of new stained glass windows in the quire.
After the morning service on Sunday 3 November we will be holding a book launch event in the function suite in the Museum of Religious Life (opposite the Cathedral) when copies of the new book “Nevile Davidson: A Life to Be Lived” by Cathedral elder Andrew Ralston will be on sale.
Well-known for the dignified manner in which he carried out his public role, Nevile Davidson also had a sense of humour and this new book reveals a less familiar side of his personality. It makes extensive use of a hitherto unexplored source, the series of personal diaries kept by Nevile throughout his life and later gifted by his wife Peggy to the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Some of the illustrations in the book take the form of drawings by Cathedral elder Gregor Smith who is an accomplished artist.
The book has been published by Wipf & Stock, a publisher specialising in church history and theology, with whom an arrangement has been made allowing the Society of Friends of the Cathedral to purchase a stock of books at a discounted rate. The official retail price is £17 but copies will be available at the launch event at a special price of £9.99. The author has waived the right to any royalties on book sales and all proceeds will go towards the work of the Society of Friends.
Copies will also be available by mail order from November onwards. Please use our contact form for further details if you would like to buy a copy in this way.At the launch event we will also have a small selection of photographs and other documents on show which are certain to bring back memories for those who remember Dr. Davidson personally.
Join us after the morning service on Sunday 3 November from 12.30 pm onwards in the function suite of the Museum of Religious Life when refreshments will be served.
We are pleased to offer this new feature here on the Glasgow Cathedral website. Over the coming weeks and months we will record new audio podcasts. They are available here on our website, as well as via both the Apple Podcast app and using the Google Podcast app on Android devices. By using the apps, you can receive automatic notification of new episodes and programmes.
You can listen here on the website on this page.
The Glasgow Medieval Trust has prepared a number of videos under the banner St Mungo Festival which are available on their YouTube channel.
Although consolation is found in the Christian faith the sudden death of Archbishop Tartaglia brings sadness to his friends and colleagues at Glasgow Cathedral. His passing on the 13th Day of January 2021, when we remembered the city’s Patron Saint St Mungo, gives cause to commend the work and ministry exercised by Philip in this city and beyond. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the Church Community of the Archdiocese of Glasgow.