Worship Online

The Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan Although our building is closed, we continue to pray from our hearts and homes. We are developing new ways of connecting for worship and fellowship in this section of our website. Please explore the resources below.

The Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan
Dean of Southwell


Tuesday of Holy Week

7:30pm: Compline

With an address by the Canon Precentor

Please do join in at home as you are comfortably able: you may wish to stand, sit and kneel as you normally would in church (we have included instructions for posture in the order of service for this reason), and/or to speak and sing along with the congregational elements of the service.

A video of the Service will appear below at 7.30pm. You do not need to sign in to watch it. Please refresh your browser by pressing F5 if the video doesn't play.

Order of Service

Holy Week Compline 2020


A Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent by The Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan

To read the Homily please click here

Watch Previous Services, Homilies and Reflections

Scroll through the listing below. Click on the service you would like to watch.


Choral Pieces

Below are some of the choral pieces that would have been sung over the next two weeks at the Minster. Click here for a translation of the texts, all of which are in Latin. The links will take you to recordings of these pieces, but you may like to continue to explore further with these as starting points.

Poulenc – Timor et tremor

Poulenc – Vinea mea electa

Poulenc – Tenebrae factae sunt

Poulenc – Tristis est anima mea

Byrd – Ne irascaris Domine/Civitas Sancti tui



Choristers and Lay Clerks sing Passiontide Hymns

To help our spiritual preparations during Passiontide, the two weeks prior to celebrating the great feast of Easter, and as we are unable to physically come together to sing as one, our wonderful choristers and lay clerks will be recording verses of some of the most well-known Passiontide hymns which we will be uploading regularly and can be found in the tabs below. We hope you enjoy and make sure to keep checking back to see the latest video!

O sacred head, sore wounded verse 1

O sacred head, sore wounded verse 4

My song is love unknown verse 1


Virtual Junior Church


Whilst the Minster is closed, Junior Church will become Virtual Junior Church, allowing children and families to come together to take part in themed activities that we would have otherwise done together on a Sunday morning. You can find the activity sheets in the tabs below

If you are interested in helping with Junior Church or would like to find out more information about it, please contact Mrs Karen Edginton by calling 01636 815836 or emailing edginton1@hotmail.com

Palm Sunday 5 April 2020

Journey into Easter

How to join in

For Holy Week, why not enjoy some simple activities and reflections at home with the children using ‘Journey Into Easter’. Below you will find daily prayers, images and activities to explore during Monday-Friday of Holy Week and Easter Sunday.
We’d love to see what you create using items easily found at home – please share your photos with us on our social media pages by tagging us as per the below

Facebook     @southwellminster
Twitter         @southwminster
Instagram    @southwellminster

Journey into Easter - Monday
Journey into Easter - Tuesday
Journey into Easter - Wednesday
Journey into Easter - Thursday
Journey into Easter - Friday
Journey into Easter - Easter Sunday


Personal Prayers
Prayers about the Coronavirus outbreak
Prayers with Children

Stilling Prayer

What is it?

Stilling Prayer (or ‘Christian Meditation’) is held each Monday in term time at 7.30pm. For the time being we will  be moving on-line and observing it collectively in our homes on Mondays 7.30 – 8.00 pm. The leader for each evening will supply us with a short thought or quote to help lead us into silence, in much the same way as when we meet. If you would like to join this on-line group please e-mail the group’s coordinator Stephen Ibbotson who can be contacted on ibbotson51@gmail.com


Reflection for Stilling Prayer, 6 April 2020 - Stephen Ibbotson
Reflection for Stilling Prayer, 30 March 2020 - The Reverend Canon Vincent Ashwin


Reflection for Stilling Prayer, 30 March 2020

Many things at the moment begin with the letter C!





Climate Change


An underlying theme is uncertainty and loss of control. We don’t know how the Covid-19 crisis will develop and, though everyone is taking sensible precautions, we actually have little control over what will happen. Over climate change, again we can each act to try and slow the rate of global warming, but we can’t control how our neighbours in the next street or in China respond.


There are also things beginning with C that we can hold on to at this challenging time:


Continuity and Constancy


Comfort and Courage


There’s continuity in the natural world. Spring has not stopped! It’s been a great year for snowdrops, primroses and daffodils. The birds are nesting and singing (I saw or heard 15 species on an early walk this morning!). This continuity in creation is the work of God the Father and Creator. The constancy of God, seen in so many psalms, underpins all our lives as part of creation and as believers.


There’s companionship in Christ. Our Lord experienced laughter and pain, weddings and funerals. He is with us in the crisis, walking alongside us, a strong presence. And that care and companionship is coming out in new ways in our communities, with churches, councils and ad-hoc groups reaching out to make sure that the vulnerable are okay.


Comfort and Courage are the work of the Holy Spirit, seen especially in John’s Gospel and in Paul’s letters. However wobbly and worried we feel, the Spirit of God is stronger than us, and his comfort is a great consolation. As a recent preacher in the Minster reminded us, the word ‘comfort’ literally means ‘with strength’, as it originates from the Latin word ‘fortis’ which means strong.


Psalm 18 expresses some of this:


1       I love you, O Lord my strength. The Lord is my crag, my fortress and my deliverer,

2       My God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, the horn of my salvation and my stronghold.

3       I cried to the Lord in my anguish and I was saved from my enemies.

4       The cords of death entwined me and the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

5       The cords of the Pit fastened about me and the snares of death entangled me.

6       In my distress I called upon the Lord and cried out to my God for help.

31  As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried in the fire; he is a shield to all who trust in him.

32  For who is God but the Lord, and who is the rock except our God?

33  It is God who girds me about with strength and makes my way perfect.


A prayer to end the silence, from the C of E website:

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Reflection for Stilling Prayer, 23 March 2020 - Canon Angela Ashwin

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Daily Intercessions

April 2020

Daily Intercessions 04 Apr 2020
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Guidance on Spiritual Communion when we are unable to gather for the Eucharist
Worship from Home
Worship materials from the Cathedral Shop

Please note - the Cathedral Shop and online store are currently closed due to the ongoing health situation. However, once they reopen...


You'll find plenty of worship materials and religious books at the Cathedral Shop and in our online store

To contact the Cathedral Shop, please phone 01636 812933 or email cathedralshop@southwellminster.org.uk




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