UPDATED 02/03/21: The Abbey will be closed from Monday 8 March to Thursday 11 March. It will reopen on Friday 12 March for private prayer and reflection only (Sun-Sat, 12-2pm). The Abbey (including Tower & Shop) is closed for general sightseeing and visiting until 17 May at the earliest. In support of the Government's request for the public to stay at home, there will be no services in the Abbey; instead, we will be offering worship online and via social media.
We realise that this remains a difficult and anxious time for many. Please see our Community Resources page that provides details of support available pastorally and for home worship. Our Abbey clergy are also available to talk to - please email [email protected] or call 01225 422462 (Mon-Fri 10am-12pm). If there isn't anyone available, please leave a message on our answerphone, this is checked every Thursday.
Should you wish to speak to a member of clergy urgently about a pastoral matter, please contact our Abbey Pastor, The Revd Chantal Mason on 07908-326819 or email: [email protected]
Join us online daily and on Sundays
Wherever you may be, we hope you will join us as we give our thanks for Jesus Christ, God’s supreme gift of love and hope for the world.
On Sundays, we will be offering a recorded service online.
- Watch it with us at 10.15am on https://bathabbey.online.church/ and join us afterwards at 11am for our Zoom Coffee and Chat
- Available afterwards on our Bath Abbey Youtube Channel and on this page from Monday morning
On weekdays, we invite you to join us for:
- Mondays-Saturdays - A morning thought for the day on this page (from 10am);
- Mondays-Saturdays - A daily anthem on this page (from 10am);
- Mondays-Fridays at 12pm - A midday daily prayer and chat via Zoom. Please check our What's On listings for details of how to join or sign up to our Abbey Community Newsletter for the link to be sent to you each week.
If you've missed or would like to watch any of our Thoughts for the Day or weekly services again, please visit our Bath Abbey Youtube Channel
Thought for the Day: Thursday 4 March
Anthem for the Day: Friday 5 March
Throughout our third national lockdown, we will continue to share music sung by our Choir with you online.
Today's anthem is Wiederstehe doch der Sunde by J. S. Bach.
As we approach the third Sunday of Lent, this beautiful and evocative aria by Bach, from his cantata BWV 48 Wiederstehe doch der Sünde reminds us to avoid sin. The text is based on the Epistle of James: ‘Resist sin, lest its poison seize you. Don’t let Satan blind you, for those who defile God’s honour will incur a curse that is deadly’. Written for solo alto and strings, it was published in 1711 and set to be sung on Oculi Sunday, the third Sunday in Lent. Oculi Sunday is named after the opening word of the Latin introit which would traditionally have begun the service. The soloist here is Sian Jones, once of the Abbey Lay-clerks.