Welcome to Brecon Cathedral



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Brecon Cathedral started life in 1093 as the Benedictine Priory of St John the Evangelist, built by the Normans on the site of an earlier Celtic church.  At the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538 it became Brecon's Parish Church.  It became a Cathedral only in 1923, on the establishment of the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon. 

The Cathedral is at the heart of a Diocese which stretches from Beguildy in the North to the beautiful Gower Peninsula in the South, including most of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the City of Swansea.

The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese and offers a ministry of worship and welcome to all who visit. Although a building of relatively modest proportions, the Cathedral is set in a walled Close, unique in Wales. The remains of the former monastic buildings today provide the administrative centre for the Diocese as well as housing for the Cathedral clergy and a Heritage Centre and Restaurant. This remarkable collection of buildings is the finest of its kind in Wales.

Usual Opening Hours:  8.30 am - 6.30 pm (often longer)


Palm Sunday (13th April)



8 am                Holy Eucharist

10.30 am         Liturgy of Palms, Procession and Solemn Eucharist, beginning at St Mary’s, following a donkey to the Cathedral

3.30 pm           Choral Evensong

The Regular Daily Eucharist will take on Monday at 5 pm, Tuesday at 9 am, Wednesday at 11 am and Thursday at 9 am; BUT NOT on Good Friday at 12 noon or Holy Saturday at 9 am.

Morning and Evening Prayer are said at 8.30 am and 6.00 pm Monday to Friday (Orthodox Vespers on Monday).

Holy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (14th, 15th & 16th) at 7 pm

Eucharist and Bible Study with Bishop Richard Llewellin

Monday:          Jesus cursing a fig tree and his cleansing of the Temple

Tuesday:          Jesus’ teaching and his disputes in the Temple

Wednesday:    Jesus stays in the village of Bethany in Holy Week

Holy Tuesday (15th April)

12 noon           Diocesan Chrism Mass with the Renewal of Ordination Vows

Maundy Thursday (17th April)

7.00 pm           Solemn Eucharist with Homily by Bishop Richard Llewellin, Washing of Feet and Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by the Watch until midnight

Good Friday (18th April)

10.30 am         Ecumenical Procession (from Kensington to St Mary’s)

2.00 pm           Solemn Liturgy of the Day

6.00 pm           Choral Evensong with Homily by Bishop Richard Llewellin

Holy Saturday (19th April)

8.00 pm           Paschal Ceremonies with Homily by Bishop Richard Llewellin

Easter Day (20th April)

8.00 am           Eucharist

11.00 am         Festal Eucharist, the Bishop presiding & the Dean preaching

3.30 pm           Festal Evensong

Easter Monday (21st April)

2.00 pm to 4.30 pm: Come to an Easter party in and around Llanddew Church and Hall: stories, egg hunt, tea and an Easter bonnet competition

Our St John Window: At the Heritage centre on 14th, 21st, 25th and 26th April from 11.15 to 3.45 come and see Caroley Bergman (and even help her) restore our ‘lost and found’ stained glass of our patron saint.

Our MOTHERS’ UNION invites you to a Cheese & Wine Evening at the St John’s Family Centre on Tuesday 29th April from 7 to 8.30 pm – with a view to starting an evening branch. Details from Hazel Marshall or Joyce Jenkins.

PLANT FAIR: The next Brecon Plant Fair is to be on Saturday 17th May from 10.30 to 2.30 at Treberfydd House, Llangasty, by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs David Raikes.  This event is in aid of the Cathedral and SSAFA.  There will be all sorts of plants and produce and refreshments.  Please take green car stickers, posters and fliers if you can use them.  Might you have some plants we can sell?  Please bring them to the Deanery by 16th May.


The annual meeting of the Friends of Brecon Cathedral has been brought forward to Sunday 4th May – for three good reasons: the Dean’s retirement, to make it part of the Thomas Coke Commemoration weekend, and so that the Friends can enjoy the building work they will just have paid for while it still looks new.  The AGM will start at 2 pm.  The speaker will be Jo Hibbard, formerly Visitor Officer at Coventry Cathedral, now the Methodist Church’s Heritage Officer.  It was her visit to the Cathedral two years ago to look at the memorial to Thomas Coke which led the Dean and others to plan this important interdenominational and international weekend.  The afternoon will continue with Choral Evensong at 3.30 and tea in the South Transept. 

The previous day, Saturday 3rd May, 200 years to the day since the death of Thomas Coke, the main event will be a Gathering in the Cathedral at 2.30 pm; called Thomas Coke: Looking Back - Looking Forward, the lead speaker will be the Reverend the Lord Leslie Griffiths of Burry Port.  On Sunday morning 4th May the 11.00 am service will be an ENFYS Eucharist at which the preacher will be Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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