We are delighted to receive enquiries about getting married at Southwark Cathedral.
The Cathedral, like any Anglican parish church, is required to observe certain legal rules when it comes to marriages and we are happy to discuss these with you.
Those who live in the Cathedral parish are entitled to be married here as are people whose names are on the Cathedral Electoral Roll. Check which parish you live in by visiting the website A Church Near You
We are happy to support the application of someone who might have been a member of one of the Cathedral choirs as a youngster or someone who worshipped here regularly while they were a pupil at the Cathedral's schools.
The Sub Dean will be happy to meet you to discuss your request under the guidelines from the House of Bishops. The qualifying connections for marriage that are applicable to most parish churches do not apply to Cathedrals.
The Cathedral clergy are here to help and guide you through whatever process is most appropriate as you prepare for your special day and marriage.
Enquiries are welcome from people wishing to discuss the possibility of a service of thanksgiving following a civil marriage or the celebration of an anniversary. For more information about marriage in the Church of England, visit the Your Church Wedding website.
To enquire further about getting married at the Cathedral, please contact the Sub Dean by email or telephone 020 7367 6706.
Banns of Marriage
If you live in the Cathedral parish and are getting married in another church you will need to have your Banns of Marriage read at Southwark. Please contact the Canon Pastor's Assistant by email or telephone 020 7367 6700.
Southwark Cathedral is an inclusive community where LGBTi+ people are welcomed and affirmed. The clergy would be delighted to help you to prepare prayerfully for your Civil Partnership. Please contact the Sub Dean by email or telephone 020 7367 6706 for further details.
Funeral and Memorial Services
Funeral services are celebrated at the Cathedral for people who live in the Cathedral parish or who are regular worshippers here.
The cremated remains of people who have had a strong personal link with the Cathedral may be buried in the Cathedral Churchyard.
For further information please contact the Sub Dean by email or telephone 020 7367 6700.
To arrange a Special Service or Memorial Service please contact the Development Director by email or telephone 020 7367 6704.
Liturgy for those unable to attend a funeral during the Coronavirus (Covid19) Pandemic
During the Covid-10 outbreak and with physical distancing it may be difficult for you to attend the funeral of a loved one.
This is a very distressing situation when it feels so natural to be close to those we love and are prevented from doing so.
We are offering two liturgies for you to use at home which we hope you will find helpful.
These can be downloaded from here
The Church of England has also produced a short reflection prayer sheet for you to use which can be found here
Light a Candle to Remember Someone
By lighting a virtual candle, you're making space to remember someone. The Church of England website now gives you the opportunity to take a moment and think of the person you knew and reflect on the memories you have of them. Visit the link to light a virtual candle here