Throughout history, Cathedrals have been a sacred space, of healing and solace. They have offered a haven for prayer, for reflection, for remembering, for commemoration and for celebration. Here in St Davids, people have felt the nearness of God, and the touch of God’s compassionate love, in their joys and in their sorrows, for over 14 centuries.
The Dean and Chapter of St Davids Cathedral are delighted that we can once again open for individual private prayer. We look forward to welcoming you, and pray that here you may find God’s comfort, strength, and all else that you need during these continuing challenging times. May he answer your prayers for yourself, for those you care for, and for all that is on your heart and mind.
From 19 July 2020, we shall be opening our doors for public worship as well as
for private prayer from 10am to 3pm.
Our staff have been working hard to help you feel safe as you enter, and keep you safe while you are here.
Our arrangements are now a little bit different. While only individual private prayer is allowed, only the Nave and the Shrine of St David are open. Because of safe distancing, we are not able to open chapels and other areas in the rest of the Cathedral, and the Shop, Cloisters, Library, Refectory and toilets also remain closed for now. Research and other queries for the Library can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The video and information below provides details on the measures we've put in place for those visiting the Cathedral.
To help you feel safe the Cathedral has provided:
Clear signage through the Cathedral, to guide your time here
Hand sanitiser stations on entry and exit
A member of staff to greet you on arrival, to answer any questions, and, if required, to remind people to respect the measures that help keep everyone safe
Pews and other seating socially distanced, in the nave and at the shrine, so you can safely sit at peace for as long as you wish
A one way route through the South Transept, returning via the North Transept, for those who wish to pray at St David’s Shrine
A safe method of being able to light candles, should you wish to, with extra stands to avoid any congestion
Contactless donation points, as well as donation boxes.
You can also donate via our JustGiving page.
A regular cleaning system for surfaces that may be touched
We shall also have a chaplain available for those who wish
If you are coming into the Cathedral, we ask that you:
- Follow directions on signage and from our staff
- Respect social distancing, between individuals, or household groups
- Use the hand sanitisers on entry and exit
- Try not to touch surfaces
- Follow the guidelines when lighting candles
- Do not enter the Cathedral if you have Covid-19 symptoms
- Enjoy being able to come for private prayer to your Cathedral
Respect The Rules – Protect Each Other – Enjoy Your Visit
The Dean of St Davids, the Very Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, said ‘Many of us have been longing to return to the Cathedral over recent weeks. We know that Jesus Christ – known as “Emmanuel”, which means “God with us” – meets us wherever we happen to be, and has walked with us in all that we have been facing. But somehow, this place soaked in centuries of prayer, has a capacity to amplify to us that sense of the presence of the God who is love. And so I know I shall not be alone, in experiencing a sense of relief at returning to the Cathedral. Here I can just sit, and know myself held in the loving gaze of the God who shares in the human condition. This is the place to let down our guard, and lay down the burden of the strains and stresses we have borne, and feel the compassionate touch of Jesus Christ, who understands, and who prays for us and with us. Here we can receive his gift of the peace that the world cannot give, the peace that passes all understanding, where our spirits find rest, and our souls taste our eternal home. It is my great joy to welcome you back.’
We await further decisions from the Welsh Government before we are able to reopen for public worship or for tourism visiting. More information, see the Church in Wales’ COVID-19 guidance.