The Transitional Cathedral is open every day from 9.00am. During Summer months (Nov - March) we close either at 7.00pm or at the conclusion of the evening service, whichever is later. During Winter months we close at 5.00pm (or at the conclusion of the evening service)
The regular weekly services are below, but please do check the schedule for the current week at the top of the home page for any changes to the usual schedule. Please note that weekday services of Choral Evensong only take place during school terms, and that the regular schedule is reduced duirng January.
Worship at the Transitional Cathedral
8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Choral Eucharist
5.00pm Choral Evensong
Holy Communion at 12.05pm
Monday (NZPB), Tuesday (NZPB, with prayers for healing),
Wednesday (Celtic tradition),
Thursday (in te reo Maori), Friday (NZPB)
Choral Evensong at 5.30pm (during school terms)
Tuesday & Wednesday (with the full Choir);
Thursday (with the gentlemen of the Choir)
Choral Evensong at 4.30pm (during school terms)
Friday (with the choristers of the Cathedral Choir)
CHORAL CONGRATULATIONS ...
Congratulations to the Cathedral Choristers who received RSCM ribbons and surplices on Sunday 9 November
The Cathedral is grieving the death of our Dean, the Very Rev’d Lynda Patterson.
Lynda died at home of natural causes after a recent illness. She was aged 40.
The Bishop of Christchurch, Victoria Matthews, says Lynda spoke of the God she loved, in all she did and said. “Lynda was highly respected across the Diocese and Province and we all benefitted from her extraordinary preaching and teaching. She was also a great pastor who brought both compassion and appropriate humour to every situation.”
Bishop Victoria has asked for prayer for Lynda’s family in Northern Ireland.
The Archbishops of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, have asked for prayer for the Cathedral family to remember Lynda, a priest who called others to prayer for the glory of God.
A Funeral Service for Lynda was held at the Transitional Cathedral on Tuesday 29 July at 1.00pm. Details of the service and the sermon preached by Bishop Victoria can be found HERE .
Cathedral architect, Shigeru Ban, has won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.
The Dean, Chapter. staff and worshipping community of the Cathedral congratulate Shigeru on this honour.
Please click on the picture below for full details of the award.
On Monday 14 April, it was our honour to welcome Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Cathedral, during their tour of New Zealand.
Their Royal Highnesses were presented with a copy of "Kia Kaha's Brand New House" a children's book about a Cathedral mouse in the Transitional Cathedral. The presentation was made by author, Clare Erasmus. Copies are available for sale at the Cathedral shop! [Photo: Woolf/Crown]
An Easter Service from the Transitional Cathedral was broadcast on Radio New Zealand on Easter Day. You can listen to it by clicking HERE
"Cathedral Extra" is the Cathedral's bi-monthly magazine with news, information and details of services. Click on the link below to sign up and receive your copy by email.
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"What's Happening" is the weekly Sunday newsletter. Click below to download recent copies.
A new book about the Transitional Cathedral and its Architect
To read a review of the book click on the link bwlow
$10 per bag
The second in the "Kia Kaha" series about a cathedral mouse by Clare Erasmus is now for sale in the Cathedral Shop. A copy was presented to The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge during their recent visit to Christchurch to give to Prince George.
The City of Christchurch was founded in 1850, the first city in New Zealand to receive a charter from Queen Victoria. It is named after the College of Christ Church at Oxford University, where the founders of The Canterbury Association attended.
Christchurch Cathedral was consecrated on 1 November 1881, seventeen years after the foundation stone was laid. A choir, based on the English cathedral tradition, was deemed essential for the services of consecration, so the choir, and choir school, were founded six months beforehand.
Today, the Choir is the only men and boys choir in New Zealand and one of only two in the Southern Hemisphere with its own choir school, The Cathedral Grammar School, to which all choristers receive scholarships. The 18 boys range in age from eight to 13. They sing five services and ten rehearsals each week during school terms. In addition there are civic functions, concerts and recitals. The 10 men consist of four lay clerks (professional singers), and six Godley/Wakefield Scholars, receiving scholarships which cover tertiary education costs.
In 2008 the Choir undertook a very successful tour of the USA and UK, singing at many of the great Cathedrals and culminating in a week as residentiary choir at Westminster Abbey. A visit was made to Australia in 2013, where the Choir visited Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Goulburn.
Following they devastating earthquake in February 2011, the Cathedral community worshipped in the Chapel at Christ’s College, the private Anglican boys secondary school in Christchurch. In 2013, the Transitional Cathedral (often referred to as the “Cardboard” Cathedral, as cardboard forms much of the structure) was open and the full schedule of Cathedral worship has resumed there.
The Transitional is the proud owner of a Rodgers 484, one of the first of these new models to be installed in the world.
The 484 has 4 manuals and 84 main stops, plus 178 Voice Palette stops for a total of 262 real-time available stops, equivalent to 398 pipe ranks. Library Access provides an additional 180 real-time stops and voices, equivalent to 235 pipe ranks
Click on the link below to download a detailed brochure.
The Singers are a mixed Choir who lead the music for choral services when the Cathedral Choir is away. They also have a number of other performances, including a very popular Christmas Concert. They are directed by Lennox Willett, a retired Cathedral Director of Music
John Linker was appointed Cathedral Director of Music at the end of 2014.
John was, until recently, Organist & Choirmaster at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington, Kentucky. The church has a very strong musical tradition, much of it built up by John. During his tenure John has vastly increased the choir repertoire, taken his choirs on several domestic tours in the USA, including to Washington National Cathedral, and St John the Divine, New York. His choir has toured to the UK on four occasions and last year he took it on a European tour. He is also a keen organist and recitalist, having overseen the design and installation of a new organ.
John hails from a farming family, is married to Molly and they have a three year old daughter, Lila.
In July 2012, Nicholas Sutcliffe moved to Christchurch to take up appointments as the Assistant Organist at ChristChurch Cathedral, and as Organist & Music Tutor at Christ’s College, Canterbury. Both of these positions include playing the organ for all Cathedral and College services, as well as working closely with the choirs, and being involved in teaching at College. This extremely exciting move is already proving to have been an excellent idea, as Nicholas is enjoying his time in Christchurch very much, and is liking being back in positions where he can really get back in touch with service playing and working with choirs.
Click HERE for a virtual tour of the Cathedral, courtesy of Google Maps © 2013 Google
The Transitional Cathedral is located at 234 Hereford Street. An easy walk from the any point in the central city, the Cathedral sits at the southern end of Latimer Square, beside the future 'Green Frame'. Travel to the central city from the airport takes around 20 minutes by bus or taxi. There is no public car parking at the Cathedral. However, there is plenty of street parking nearby. There is a disabled park in the staff carpark off Madras Street for visitors to the Cathedral.
CONTACT - will take you to 234 Hereford St in Google Maps
The Transitional Cathedral is only a five minute walk away from the site of the seriously damaged Cathedral in the Square. Walk northwest through Latimer Square to Worcester Street. 500 metres along Worcester St you'll see the damaged stone Cathedral.
CONTACT - will take you to a street view of the Cathedral in the Square showing both 'pre earthquake' and 'current'
Mailing Address - PO Box 855, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
Cathedral Address - Cnr Madras and Hereford Streets, Christchurch, New Zealand
Office Address - at the Cathedral
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel - +64 3 366 0046
Cathedral Administrator & Verger
Director of Music
Cathedral Deacon & Volunteer Manager
The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch. For information, check out their website by clicking CONTACT.
If you're interested in becoming a volunteer working with the Transitional Cathedral's visitors, it would be good to hear from you. Contact Nicky Lee, Volunteer Manager.
Tel. 353 7883 DDI
As well as educating the Cathedral Choristers, the School provides high quality education for pre-school, primary school and intermediate aged girls and boys. Cathedral Grammar is an Anglican independent school, offering parents choice in the selection of a school to best suit their child's needs.
With a 130-year plus history, Cathedral Grammar is the longest established private primary school in New Zealand. The School takes huge pride in the varied, successful and happy lives of the boys and girls who have experienced ‘Grammar’ over that time.
Currently the School is, of course, supporting the Cricket World Cup!
To visit the School's website click contact below or the photo above:
The Transitional Cathedral is available for weddings and we welcome your enquiry. Please see Wedding Information below for further details:
The Transitional Cathedral is available for baptisms. Please contact the Cathedral for details.
Please contact a member of staff for enquiries about having a funeral at the Transaitional Cathedral.