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  • An Inclusive Church - Prayers of Love and Faith - 27/02/24

    The Priory and Parish Church of St Mary’s, Lancaster is an Inclusive Church. God shows no partiality.  As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are seeking to live out the command he gave us to love one another as he loves... Read more

  • Facing the Past: The Three Sophia's Installation - extended until February 28th 2024 - 30/11/23

    In 2020 Lancaster Priory was one focal point for local Black Lives Matter protests, when a memorial was sprayed with the words ‘Slave Trader.’ This began a process of bringing to light the crimes against humanity that were perpetrated as part of the Transatlantic Slave Trade by... Read more

  • Access to The Priory Oct 2023 - Oct 2024 - 10/10/23

    Vehicle access to the Priory has changed.  During the current renovation works to Lancaster Castle, vehicle access to The Priory is via the Shire Hall route only. Read more

  • Welcoming a New Director of Music - 16/07/23

    *Announcement*   Read more

  • A new team member for Lancaster Priory! - 05/03/23

    We are pleased to announce that the Revd Louis Johnson has been appointed as Associate Priest of The Priory in Lancaster. Please do keep praying for Louis and Christine as they settle into this parish and as Louis begins his work as Associate Priest. Read more

  • Mineral Stars Advent Artwork - 07/12/22

    Advent Art: Mineral Stars We are so fortunate at Lancaster Priory to have a host of very talented and gifted people, including several who work in the creative and expressive arts. This Advent, our vicar invited one of them, Rachel-Ann Powers to use the space in our Regimental Chapel to create something that would support our Advent... Read more

  • Ship of the Gods - 04/11/22

    Tonight we open our doors as part of Light Up Lancaster 2022 and what a treat is in store for all who visit!  Please do come along between 17.00-22.00 tonight or 17.00-19.00 tomorrow! To read more... Read more

  • Light in the darkness - 27/10/22

    As the nights get darker we begin to mark a series of events where we remember both our history and the people of our past and also pay tribute to the communities we live, work and worship in. This sunday we keep the Feast day of All Saints.  All Saints’ Day celebrates those in whose... Read more

  • Her Late Majesty The Queen - 08/09/22

    HER LATE MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II  21ST APRIL 1926 –  08 SEPTEMBER 2022 Alongside the people of our nation,... Read more

  • National Lottery Funding Boost for Lancaster Slave Trade Project - 13/05/22

    NATIONAL LOTTERY FUNDING BOOST FOR LANCASTER SLAVE TRADE PROJECT The National Lottery Heritage Fund has given significant backing to Facing The Past 2, a major project... Read more

  • A renewed commitment to the Marsh thanks to the Lottery Fund! - 06/05/22

    We are pleased to announce that Lancaster Priory has received funding from the National Lottery Awards for All Community Fund for our work within the Marsh Community in the Parish.   We are thankful for the ongoing support of the community... Read more


    PRESS RELEASE As the world prepares to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, plans to welcome the Earth to Lancaster Priory are gathering pace. The theme of this year’s Earth Day is Invest In Our Planet. What Will You Do? And the city’s oldest church is doing its bit by organising an extensive events programme focused around the visit... Read more

  • Lancaster Priory Christmas Cards have arrived! - 07/12/21

    Lancaster Priory Christmas Cards have arrived! A great big thank you to Ellen Greyling for this nativity design especially for 2021. Cards can be purchased in church from this morning - £5 for 10 cards. All proceeds will help to support mission and ministry at the Priory. Read more

  • Restoration of the Clock Dial - 28/10/21

    Our clock dial has been restored in the workshop of Cumbria Clock Co LTD near Penrith and will be reinstalled soon. Read more

  • Facing The Past Phase 2: PROJECT MANAGER - 13/09/21

    JOB OPPORTUNITY Facing The Past Phase 2: PROJECT MANAGER The Lancaster Priory Memorial Commissioning Group is now recruiting a freelance Project Manager, initially for 15 days in Autumn 2021, to take the project to the next phase. It is expected that the role will be extended as new funds for the project come in.   For... Read more

  • New Vicar of Lancaster - 06/09/21

    When Canon Leah Vasey-Saunders is inducted at Lancaster Priory on Wednesday, she will be the first female Vicar of Lancaster. Leah is joined by her husband of 20 years, Dr Rev Mark Vasey-Saunders, an academic tutor at St Hild Theological College in Yorkshire; and their children: Reuben, aged 17, a student at Chetham’s School of Music;... Read more

  • New Wedding Registrations - 23/06/21

    Following a change to the wedding registration of couples, after 400 years, both parents' names are now included in the register. Below is a picture of our first wedding couple in The Priory marking this momentous occasion. Photo courtesy of Samantha ( Read more

  • Tower Restoration - Latest Update - 10/05/21

    Please click on the link below to hear the latest update on our tower restoration from Elaine Blackett-Ord, Blackett-Ord Conservation Architecture. Read more


    What is the project? The Judges' Lodgings Museum and the Priory Church in Lancaster are looking for four-six artists to work on a proposed new project about the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The project aims to reflect, reveal, and redress omissions in our collective memory of the role Lancaster played in the transatlantic slave trade and of the enslaved... Read more

  • Updates to Holy Week Services - 29/03/21

    From the Churchwardens Dear Friends, We are delighted to be able to share with you the joyful news that, thanks to a change in  Government regulations, we are now with immediate effect able to welcome back a small group of singers to lead our worship. This means that we can have a small choir  even when there is... Read more