Ampleforth Hospitality

29 March 2017

Services in the Abbey Church

Guests are welcome to join the monks for Office in the Abbey Church – times are set out below. The best entrance is from the North Transept, via the Narthex. If you wish to join the singing, we would ask you do so softly and follow the pace set by the monks. All the Offices are  sung, the cantors alternating with the choir, except at Matins which is sung antiphonally. Guests are asked to arrive 5 minutes before the start of an Office (when the bell goes and the lights go up) and to take their place in Choir quietly – the stalls nearest the High Altar are for guests. At the end of an Office, please allow the monks to leave first.

Guests are asked to follow the Community’s movements of kneeling, standing and sitting, but without the obligation of participating in the more complex rubrics of turning and bowing. Each guest will find the Office books in the stalls. There are separate books for Matins, Sunday Lauds, and a folder containing Lauds, Midday Office (Little Hour), Vespers and Compline. There are also hymn books and a book or booklet for the readings at Matins.

You can now share in the prayer of the monks at Ampleforth each day, by listening to a live stream of the Divine Office from this website, at the following page:

The Offices which are available are:

Lauds (Weekdays 7.15am, Sundays 8am)

Vespers (Weekdays 6pm, Sundays 6.20pm)

Compline (Daily 8.15pm)

Mon- Sat



6.00 am

6.45 am

Quiet Prayer


7.15 am

8.00 am


7.45 am

8.30 am

Conventual Mass

8.45 am

10.00 am

Office during the Day

1.00 pm

1.00 pm


1.15 pm

1.15 pm


6.00 pm

6.20 pm

with Benediction

Lectio / Quiet Prayer

Supper **

6.30 pm

7.00 pm

Tuesday Supper



8.15 pm

8.15 pm

*** On most Tuesdays, Vespers is celebrated at 6.30 pm. Please check with the Hospitality staff

** Community supper is at 7.00 pm every evening

* On most Fridays during term, Compline is replaced by Schola Mass at 8.00 pm

 A tour of the Abbey Church takes place most Thursdays at 2.15pm and takes approx 1 hour. Please ask in reception for further details. An Abbey guide book may be purchased at other times from reception, or from outside the Abbey Church.

In the few days after Christmas Day and Easter Sunday, and also during Conventual Chapters, the times can be rather different. Please contact us if you are intending to pray with us then.

Priests wishing to concelebrate at the Conventual Mass are kindly requested to provide a celebret less than one year old, in accordance with canon 903 of the Code of Canon Law.