Taking Salisbury Cathedral online proves popular

Taking Salisbury Cathedral online proves popular

Published by Jack Deery at 5:32am 7th April 2020.

3 minute read

Virtual services and webcams have been helping us keep in touch while the Cathedral's closed.

The building itself has been shut since the middle of March, due to the Government guidance on public gatherings and social gatherings.

But that's certainly not stopping us engaging with the city's most famous site.

They have got online services so people can still get involved from their homes, while in lockdown. 

Palm Sunday virtual tour Dean Intro screenshot
The Dean has been doing live streamed services from his home

Over 300 people watched the 10:30am Palm Sunday service live at the weekend (Sunday 5th April) live, three times more than the amount that tuned in last week. 

The previous Sunday's service had around 100 viewers live, with another 1,000 catching up afterwards.

People have also been checking up more often on the Cathedral's winged residents. 

There were 42,728 peregrine cam views throughout March.

Fourth peregrine falcon egg at Salisbury Cathedral 2020
People have been regularly checking up on the birds nest at the base of the spire


There is a new pattern of pray and reflection at Salisbury Cathedral for Holy Week (5th-11th April) and Easter. 

From Monday to Friday, a 'Daily Reflection' will be live streamed at 5pm, while every Sunday there is going to be a 50 minute pre-recorded service of word and music at 10:30. 

They can be found on the Cathedral's website

Canon Anna Macham, Canon Precentor said: 

"The events of Holy Week and Easter are a turning point in our faith, and a turning point in human history. In ordinary times we relive those events through our worship but, while it is still not possible to meet in person, we hope to share the experience virtually, through streamed services offering the opportunity to embark on a life-changing journey together, even though we are apart."

Patrick Price, the son of a former bishop, has scanned the site which means from Palm Sunday onwards, people will be able to virtually enter the Cathedral and have their own virtual Holy Week Pilgrimage. 

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