Services in the Abbey Church
Following the Catholic Bishops’ of England and Wales Coronavirus guidance on 18th March 2020, public services will be private and not open to the public until further notice. Ampleforth will be implementing this from Vespers at 6.00pm on Friday 20th March.
The Monastic Community will continue to celebrate its daily Office and Conventual Mass in the Abbey Church, but, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Bishops’ Conference, these will be celebrated without a public congregation. Much as the monastic community regrets this move, the guidelines must be followed. Although private celebrations, all Offices and Conventual Masses will be live streamed - click here for more details. The Abbey Church will remain open for private prayer.
The Ampleforth Abbey Church is a major work by the distinguished 20th century architect, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott OM. Replacing a mid-19th century church by Charles Hansom, it was built in two phases. The earlier phase consisted of the retrochoir and high altar, built over a crypt and completed in 1922. This is in the Romanesque style of Aquitaine, and is richly carved with blue Hornton stone dressings. The crossing, transepts and nave were completed in 1961, to a simplified design, also by Scott. Notable furnishings also designed by Scott include the High Altar and the reredos in the Memorial Chapel. There is also much other later enrichment, notably a series of windows on a Marian theme by Patrick and John Reyntiens.