Dean's Message

A Message from the Dean

Welcome to the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral; the broad tent with a wide-open door. Now that New Zealand is at Alert Level One in terms of our Covid-19 pandemic response, the Cathedral is open for all who come as pilgrims, to those who wish to come and prayer, and all who would like to visit.

The Transitional Cathedral is open Monday to Saturday each week and for services on Sunday, so you are welcome to come on in. The building is exquisitely beautiful. Built to the glory of God the quiet simplicity draws people to peace and to prayer and to contemplate the depths of God. When you are inside and look back outside through the wide open doors, the beautiful park setting of Latimer Square is fully in view. Whether you are a visitor, a pilgrim searching for God, or needing a place to pray, the door is open and you are welcome. Visitors find the building a surprisingly warm place to be in the depths of a Christchurch winter!

The Cathedral is a house of prayer and a place of warm hospitality. Our prayer for those who come is that each person will experience the love of God, not only in the building and through those who offer welcome, but in the daily prayer that continues throughout the year. Love is our origin; Love is what we are made for; Love is our fulfilment when our lives on earth come to an end and return to the Source from which we came. Our prayer is that in the Cathedral you will know that God’s love is for you, and for each person who comes.

Come on in. There is a beautiful Icon of the Holy Trinity in the side chapel that many find a helpful focus for prayer.

God the Holy Trinity, make you strong in faith and love, and defend and guide you in truth and peace.


The Very Rev'd Lawrence Kimberley, Dean of Christchurch