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  • Reopening for Public Worship 14 March - 05/03/21

    From the Churchwardens Dear Friends, Earlier this week we received the very welcome news from the Coronavirus Task Group in the Diocese that, following advice received from the Directors of Public Health in Lancashire, churches can and should reopen for public worship on Sundays and Feast Days, with effect from March 8th. This means that we are now... Read more


    The Rev Canon Chris Newlands conducted his final service at the Priory on Sunday, January 31, after 11 years as Vicar of Lancaster. The special service and farewell video was streamed online from 6.30pm as lockdown restrictions mean there was no congregation present to mark Canon Newlands retirement. Live streaming of services has resulted in the Priory enjoying a global reach and... Read more


    Community consultation is now underway into plans for a new slave trade memorial in Lancaster. For the first time in 150 years, a memorial will be installed in the Priory churchyard where the grave of the Rawlinson slave trading family was daubed with red paint last spring. It was a result of this action and following the Black Lives Matter demonstrations... Read more


    Lancaster Priory’s historic clock which has marked time for locals and visitors alike since 1886 is being restored to its former glory. Probably for the first time in its life the entire mechanism, which has been threatened by chronic water leaks, has... Read more

  • Christingle 2020 - 03/12/20

    The national Christingle service in aid of the Children's Society will be available to stream from Sunday 13 December. STARS FOR REMEMBRANCE—If anyone would like a star to remember a loved one please contact Frances or via our contact us page on the website. Frances will write the message and put the star on the tree. Please donate... Read more

  • New Family Eucharist Service at Lancaster Priory - 11/10/20

    Our new Family Eucharist Service will be starting on 11th October for everyone to enjoy. Twice a month on the second and fourth Sundays at 4pm, we will be inviting children and their families to worship and learn together. The service will be adapted, so there will be something for everyone. It is an informal and relaxed service... Read more


    Lancaster Priory Church which has been closed for the longest period in its thousand-year history has emerged into the light after the lifting of lockdown restrictions. Vicar of Lancaster, Canon Chris Newlands is now conducting public Sunday services in church following months of worship online. And the Priory has also hosted its first wedding since March – of a soldier in... Read more


    Choristers at Lancaster Priory will be singing with joy as they return to the ancient church this Sunday. Sung worship has been an important part of life at Lancaster Priory, stretching back to its origins as a Benedictine community, but the COVID-19 pandemic silenced singing for the longest time in living memory and probably not since Oliver Cromwell’s puritan... Read more

  • Saturday 15 August - Live streamed Service to commemorate VJ Day - 12/08/20

    Saturday 15th August live streamed from 10.55 am  A Civic Service to commemorate VJ Day. The Revd Canon Chris Newlands leads a short act of Remembrance with the Mayor of the City of Lancaster on the 75... Read more

  • Thursday 13 August: Live Streamed service in memory of Florence Nightingale - 12/08/20

    Thursday 13th August live streamed at 9.30 am  Morning Prayer to remember Florence Nightingale (1820 - 13th August 1910) in her bicentenary year, and to pray for all nurses and carers. Service led by Canon Chris Newlands... Read more

  • Return to Public Worship - Sunday 9 August - 09/08/20

    Dear Friends I am very pleased to be able to let you know that the Priory will be open for public worship from Sunday August 9th. We will have to observe Government requirements as well as the guidance from the Church of England, and recognise that it will be some time before we can return to things as... Read more

  • Silent Prayer in St Thomas Chapel - 23/06/20

    Each weekend at Lancaster Priory we are opening our doors once again. We know you will help us to follow the guidelines for everyone’s safety. Opening times for prayer: Saturday 1st August 11am-3pm Sunday 2nd August 2pm-4pm (with exposition) Read more

  • Installation of New Lighting - 28/05/20

    The Vicar and Churchwardens of Lancaster Priory are delighted to announce that work will begin on June 1st to install the new lighting in the Priory Church. This will be the First Phase of a Two-Phase installation, and will include the wiring and system installation, as well as the lighting of the porch, the... Read more

  • The Acts of the Apostles: Live Reading Tower Appeal Event - 18/05/20

    To raise funds for the Tower Appeal, Revd Canon Chris Newlands will Livestream from the Priory for 2.5 hours (non-stop) reading every chapter of The Acts of the Apostles . He says: The Acts of the Apostles starts with the Ascension of Jesus, and continues through the Coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and... Read more

  • Lancaster Priory on Beyond Radio - 16/04/20

    Just before we went into the shut in phase of this global health pandemic, Rev Canon Chris Newlands spoke at some length with Bryan Griffin from Beyond Radio. This interview falls into two parts and was recently broadcast on Bryan's Late Evening Culture Show. Read more

  • Lancaster Priory Tower Appeal - 16/04/20

    As air pollution levels lessen and we have more time to ponder the skyline, the Priory Tower comes closely into focus these days. This wonderful symbol right next to Lancaster Castle needs a huge amount of care if it is to remain a part of our cityscape. Read more

  • Easter Day Anthem - 14/04/20

    We heard “Rise, heart” by Ralph Vaughan Williams as part of our Easter celebrations . Here is a shareable video of that great Easter anthem, beautifully sung by  Read more

  • April Newslink - 02/04/20

    Our regular magazine ‘Newslink’ is now available to view online. Please click below for the latest issue. PRIORY NEWSLINK APRIL 2020 FINAL3a Read more

  • Covid-19 Information and Update - 19/03/20

    In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. However, we will be live streaming morning prayer and some services from our Facebook page. Please check our Read more

  • Lancaster Priory Choir Association AGM - 10/03/20

    Notice is given of the Association’s AGM to be held in the refectory immediately after morning service on Sunday 15th March. Only members of the Association are entitled to vote. The meeting should last around 10 – 15 minutes. Nick Walker (Chairman) Read more