To know God and to make Him known in wonder, love and praise.

A warm welcome to the Abbey’s website. I hope you will find here the information you are seeking. There are also a number of important links to other sites which will tell you more.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Virus

Following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Monday 23 March 2020, the Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have ordered the closure of all places of public worship for the duration of the present Emergency. The Abbey is therefore closed in line with these directions.  

If you need to speak to a priest, follow this link: http://Sherborneabbey.com/People

Meanwhile, here is the special prayer for Sunday, Passion Sunday, for each one of us to use:

Most merciful God,

who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ

delivered and saved the world:

grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross

we may triumph in the power of his victory;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Click here for our recorded Passion Sunday Eucharist

Click here for our recorded Mothering Sunday Eucharist

The Church of England has always taught, as has the Roman Catholic Church, that where it is impossible to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, an “act of spiritual communion” can be made by any believer. The Book of Common Prayer [1662] is quite clear on this: see the rubrics at the end of “The Communion of the Sick”. Here is a prayer you might like to use:

O Lord Jesus Christ, since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, I humbly pray Thee that Thou wouldest come spiritually to my soul. Come, Lord Jesus, come and cleanse me, heal me, strengthen me, and unite me to Thyself, now and for evermore. Amen.

Click on the link below to download this week’s

Pew Sheet for Sunday 5 April

The Abbey Shop is closed. 

The Parish Office is closed.

The telephone 01935 812452 will be answered during office hours Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, but not on Wednesdays.

The Digby Memorial Church Hall is closed for the duration of the crisis.

Please note that all events associated with the Abbey have also been cancelled.  

The Sherborne Abbey Website will keep you up to date with any further changes as they happen. See also The Rector Writes…

Founded by St. Aldhelm in AD 705, the Abbey has developed from Saxon cathedral to the worshipping heart of a monastic community, and finally, to one of the most beautiful of England’s parish churches. For many it is still the ‘cathedral of Dorset’, and our Benedictine heritage lives on in the daily offering of prayer and praise.

If you have never visited the Abbey, I hope you can do so soon. Marvelling at this glorious building, may you also catch a glimpse of the Glory of God – so that, having arrived as our welcome guest, you will leave renewed, as a pilgrim.

Canon Eric Woods, Team Rector

Regular Services

Morning Prayer is said in the Lady Chapel at 8.30 am every weekday

Holy Communion is celebrated
Monday at 9.00 am, Tuesday at 12 noon
Wednesday at 10.30 am, Thursday at 12 noon
Friday and Saturday at 9.00 am

Sunday Services

8.00 am Holy Communion
9.30 am Parish Eucharist
6.30 pm Sung Evensong (5.00 pm in the winter)


Opening Hours

The Abbey is open every day from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm (4.00 pm in the winter)

There is no admission charge – donations are welcome

There is a free guided tour during the summer season each Tuesday at 10.30 am
and each Friday at 2.30 pm (services permitting)

Visit the Abbey Shop In The Close for a full range of gifts and souvenirs,
plus books, CDs, cards, etc

For further information, contact The Parish Office
on 01935 812452 (office hours only)


This Benefice takes very seriously its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we operate in accordance with best practice at all times. We have adopted the House of Bishops’ “Promoting a Safer Church; Safeguarding Policy Statement”.

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Officers, Mr David and Mrs Lyn Rayner, by clicking on the link safeguarding@sherborne abbey.com

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, on  07500 664800 or email heather.bland@salisbury.anglican.org

Full details of our Safeguarding Policy and Guidelines can be found onour Safeguarding page.

The new Abbey Icon

The Wren and the Resurrection

Egg tempera, gold and silver leaf on gesso panel 2019. Painted by Rev. Regan O’Callaghan.

Commissioned for Sherborne Abbey the icon represents the miracle of the Resurrection.  On Easter day Christ rises triumphant from the tomb on a fiery cloud of energy and new life, his right hand raised in blessing. A tiny wren representing the dawn chorus and the song of all creation sings a song of praise while golden angel wings reveals the presence of the heavenly realm. Tall mountains either side of the tomb symbolise the universal church east and west and the golden wreath of flowers which circle Christ, the beauty of God’s creation and all that binds together in love, peace and hope.  

“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”  Isaiah 55:12

Mounted Giclee print signed by the artist are available from the following link: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/706473431/sacred-art-print-the-wren-and-the?ref=shop_home_active_26