For over a thousand years, Christians have worshipped God on the site of this Cathedral. They have used the psalms, the ancient hymns of the Jewish people, from the Bible. Saying or singing the psalms has always been a central feature of daily worship, as well as songs, hymns and Bible readings.

In the Middle Ages there were seven services each day. When the Church of England became separated from the Roman Catholic Church in the middle of the sixteenth century, these were reduced to two: Mattins (Morning Prayer) and Evensong (Evening Prayer). These services are held on most weekdays in the Cathedral, and are celebrated with greater solemnity on Sundays, when there are hymns and a sermon.

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