Following the announcement of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip the Abbey will be open to give opportunity for private prayer and reflection, prior to his funeral, on Saturday 17 April between 12.30 am and 2.30 pm. The Abbey tenor bell will be tolled 99 times on Saturday at around 2.00 pm.
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip
Worship in the Sherborne Benefice
Sunday worship within the benefice has resumed. Please look at the Services area of the website for more information as they may not follow the regular pattern.
The Digby Memorial Hall is closed.
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.
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.
Lent Project 2021
St Saviour’s Anglican Church Riga, Latvia
Future Roots and Countrymen’s Club
We have close links with both of these organisations and they have a powerful impact on their communities. Although the pandemic has seriously affected their funding and how they operate, they have adapted and operated successfully throughout the last twelve months.
This year our support is needed more than ever, so the first £6,000 of our appeal will be provided by the Faith in Action Committee. We would love to double that if we can – what a witness that would be to our friends in Latvia and in Holnest! All the funds raised will be divided equally – half to St Saviour’s, Riga and half to Future Roots /Countrymen’s Club.
I know you have many calls on your giving but I hope you will consider a donation to these excellent causes during Lent.
To listen to John Crossman explain the Lent projects in more detail click here
This Week's Collect
Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; 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.
Ordinarily, when we are open we say Morning Prayer daily (Mon-Sat) at 8.30 am, using Common Worship Daily Prayer. The text is available as a download from the Church of England website along with a short audio daily service and sets of prayers, readings and canticles for the various stages of the day.
Midweek Holy Communion Wednesday 10.30 am
Parish Eucharist 9.30 am Sundays
You Tube Streamed Service 10.30 am Sundays.
Current Service times:
St Mary Magdalen, Castleton 11.00 am Sundays
St Martin of Tours, Lillington 10.00 am Sundays
St James the Great, Longburton 10.00 am Sundays
St Paul’s @ the Gryphon 10.30 am Sundays
For further information, contact The Parish Office on 01935 713777 (9.00 am – 1.00 pm)
Music plays a vital role within worship at the Abbey. Sherborne Abbey’s choral tradition is nationally famous.
A number of groups run regularly as part of the Abbey community. Details can be found here.
The Abbey, along with the Church of England is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Details of our safeguarding policy can be found here.
In addition to The Abbey, the Sherborne Benefice comprises the churches of Castleton, Lillington, Longburton and St Paul’s with St Paul’s at the Gryphon.