Online Morning Services
We live stream our Sunday worship and make it available for the following week here on the website. You may watch it here.
February has been a quick month and March is fast approaching. March gives the Cathedral an opportunity to recognise the Christian season and welcome various organisation to worship within the Cathedral.
3rd March 11am Glasgow University (Founded within the Cathedral in 1451)
Dear friends and colleagues,
Celebrating the diversity of the city of Glasgow is a key component in the life of Glasgow Cathedral. The University of Glasgow offers more than educational and social opportunities for those who engage with university life.
A sense of identity for the Cathedral and the University may be found in our joint responsibility to acknowledge the whole life of those we work with.
Glasgow University, since its founding in 1451, has been connected to the life of Glasgow Cathedral. Annually the Cathedral invites the University to attend a morning service within the original building where university classes were first held. Although this is a traditional Christian service, we welcome all who wish to share and celebrate the University’s beginnings. The beginnings in the Cathedral Church of Glasgow make Glasgow University the fourth oldest University in the United Kingdom.
Having studied at Glasgow University in the 80s and 90s and now as Minister at Glasgow Cathedral I would like to invite you to attend what, in some sense, is a founders day service. I would hope in the coming years to develop this annual opportunity to integrate the history, present and future, of all that contributes to the life of the ‘whole person’ in the city of Glasgow.
Annually we welcome over 500,000 visitors to the Cathedral. We strive to make a meaningful contribution to the life of the city and those who engage with a city that is ever seeking to flourish.
The service will be held at Glasgow Cathedral, Castle Street, on Sunday 3rd March at 11am. All are welcome!
Mark Johnstone DL MA BD, Minister at Glasgow Cathedral.
10th March 11am RNLI, a national celebration of 200years of service.
17th March 11am, The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
24th March 11am Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday – a journey through Holy Week.
Worship with us in person
All are welcome!
When I come to Church how will I know what to do?
We will give you a booklet with a running order. If English is not your first language the person leading the service will invite you to stand and sit when it is appropriate. The Minister (leader) will guide everyone through the service – no one should be embarrassed!
What should I wear?
Feel free to wear whatever you normally wear. Some people wear smart casual when they go to church – but it’s totally up to you. For Christmas services and events, some people like to dress a bit smarter, while others like to wear Christmas jumpers!
Will I be asked for money?
Attending any church service is completely free. There is no expectation to give money, although the Cathedral will welcome any donation you feel moved to make. During the service, or afterwards, there may be an opportunity to donate to the Cathedral. You can also do this using the QR code in the order of service.
What if I have accessibility requirements?
If you have any access requirements do speak to the person who welcomes you at the door, or you can contact the Cathedral beforehand to find out more about the arrangements. Guide dogs and Assistance dogs are welcome in the Cathedral. Let the welcomers know where you and your dog need to sit in the building.
Are Children welcome in Church?
YES! Children are welcome at all services.
We look forward to welcoming you to Glasgow Cathedral.
At a Glance: Cathedral Worship Past and Present
The building of Glasgow Cathedral began in 1136 and took about 350 years to finish.
The cathedral was dedicated to St Kentigern (or St Mungo), a Christian missionary in the area during the 6th century AD. His tomb had attracted pilgrims from all over. Therefore, the site was seen as holy and a resource of grace.
The Gothic Cathedral’s architecture embodied the outreach of the Gospel and the entire process of the salvation of troubled humanity. The Roman Catholic Latin Mass represented this liturgically.
With the Protestant Reformation there were dramatic changes. There was a switch from elaborate liturgy and ceremony to a plain service of Bible lessons, preaching, prayer to God alone, congregational singing, and the Sacrament of Communion as a communal meal of thanksgiving sitting at tables. Reformers cleared the building’s interiors of all pictures, statues, and numerous chapels.
The Reformed Church of Scotland took a long time to decide whether its ministry should be exercised by bishops and priests in dioceses, or by bishops and elders in presbyteries. In 1690 the presbyterian system became definitive. Subsequently bishops and the episcopalian order had no further role.
In recent centuries the austere appearance of the interior and strict simplicity of worship was relaxed to conform with changing tastes in church art, architecture, and forms of worship. But the origins of Cathedral worship are still the Scottish Reformation Book of Common Order (1565).