On The death of Archbishop Tartaglia

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.

Online – Services from Glasgow Cathedral.

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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Glasgow Cathedral is now closed for Public Worship

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.

Guided Tours in the Cathedral are suspended until further notice

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.