Diocesan Services

The 'mother' church of a diocese is called a Cathedral because it houses the chair of the diocesan bishop, also known as the cathedra. It makes sense, therefore, for some of the key Bishop’s services (such as the Easter Confirmation and Ordination) to take place in the Cathedral, as well as many other services that embrace the whole diocesan family.

Listed below are some of the diocesan services that have taken place in Manchester Cathedral in recent years. All are listed on the Cathedral’s Fortnightly Service Schedule at the appropriate time.

All services in the Cathedral are open to the public, and all are welcome. At some of the diocesan services, some seating will be reserved for ticket holders, but there is usually spare seating available.*

Easter Eve – Easter liturgy with baptism and confirmation

Holy Week – Eucharist with Blessing of Oils and Renewal of Ministerial Vows

Ordination Services (deacons and priests)*

Admission and Licensing of Readers at the Celebration of Reader Ministry

Mothers’ Union

  • Fortnightly prayers
  • Annual Festival Service
  • Lady Day Eucharist – with the Worldwide Mothers' Union President
  • Service to celebrate marriage at the conclusion of a Wedding Exhibition

Board of Education

  • Annual communion service for young people
  • School leavers’ services (for year 6 pupils moving on from Church of England schools)
  • Presentation of Children’s Ministry certificates
  • Service of farewell for retiring Head Teachers
  • Service of commissioning for new Head Teachers

Bishop’s Christmas eucharists for staff of Church House, the Cathedral and Senior Staff offices

Commissioning of new ministries

  • Installation of two suffragan bishops, four archdeacons and a Canon Evangelist
  • Bishop’s Advisor for Women’s Ministry
  • Bishop’s Advisor on Healthcare Chaplaincy
  • Bishop’s Chaplain
  • Honorary Assistant Diocesan Directors of Ordinands
  • Borough Deans
  • Chaplain to MediaCityUK

* Please note: at the annual Ordination services, the Cathedral is usually filled to capacity by ticket-holders, and the public may be admitted only if there is room, or to seating with a severely restricted view.