Cathedral

What's On Lent and Easter 2017This 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.

Latest News

Christ Church Cathedral
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Easter 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
Christ Church Cathedral School pupils in Tom quad.
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Christ Church Cathedral School
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Christ Church Cathedral
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Lent 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Choir boys at the Cathedral
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What's On at the Cathedral
Friday, February 10, 2017
detail from The Journy by Jacqui Parkinson
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The Journey: Stations of the Cross
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Events

Mar
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 21:00
Chapter and Verse: Compline during Lent
Apr
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Monday, April 3, 2017 - 16:00
JS Bach’s St John Passion, Talk - Friends of the Cathedral