What's On coverThis beautiful building is home to a vibrant worshipping community with a rich worshipping tradition and a world famous Cathedral Choir. It hosts a wide range of diocesan events, music, art and drama.

Thousands of people visit our Cathedral each year to pray, worship, or simply to enjoy the stillness and the profound sense of history it inspires.

On this site once stood the convent church where Oxford's patron saint, St Frideswide, was buried in the eighth century. Around her shrine in the ninth and tenth centuries a group of priests lived a communal life, doing pastoral work, and in the twelfth century the monastery became the Augustinian priory of St Frideswide. By the thirteenth century it was a major place of pilgrimage.

When Cardinal Wolsey began the building of his college here, the western end of the building was removed to make space for Tom Quad, and the remainder was used as the temporary chapel for the new college. Wolsey's plan to replace it with a larger chapel on the North side of Tom Quad would have caused its demolition but when he fell from power the building of the new chapel stopped.

Today we are grateful that the building has survived, and that it is used to the glory of God.

Our regular pattern of worship at Christ Church Cathedral


8am Holy Communion (1662)

9.45am Matins and Sermon (1662)

11am Choral Eucharist (CW)

6pm Choral Evensong (1662)


7.15am Morning Prayer (CW)

7.35am Holy Communion (CW)

1pm Holy Communion (Wednesdays only) (1662)

6pm Evening Prayer – Choral Evensong (1662)

On Mondays, Evening Prayer is either a said service or, during university term time, sung by the College Choir. On Thursdays, the evening service is usually a Choral Eucharist.

Please note that our services begin five minutes later than ‘normal’ time, because the Cathedral keeps the old ‘Oxford Time’ (i.e. five minutes west of Greenwich). This means 6pm Oxford Time is 6.05pm GMT or BST.

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