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

The Abbey is open for socially distanced public worship on Sundays at 9.30 am. The Abbey is open for private prayer only on Thursdays between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm. You will be asked to follow the instructions about distancing and sanitizing when you enter the Abbey, and there will be staff on duty to assist you.

All the benefice churches are gradually opening up for Sunday Services following applying Church of England distancing and and Covid protection advice. Please check the services area of the website as they may not follow our usual Sunday pattern.

We will update notices in the Abbey Porch, the Pewsheet and our website as new information becomes available. We continue to pray for you, as we hope you do for us.

If you need to speak to a priest, click on the link below:


The Collect for the eighth Sunday after Trinity for each one of us to use:

Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments; that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, 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 Eucharist for the eighth Sunday after Trinty

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.

Below is a link to an order of Spiritual Communion taken from the Book of Common Prayer.

Click on the link

The Parish Office is closed.

The telephone 01935 812452 will be answered during office hours Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm, but not on Wednesdays.

The Abbey Shop is closed. 

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.

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.

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.