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Eucharist

‘Eucharist’ comes from the Greek word for ‘thanksgiving’. At the Eucharist the Church remembers Jesus’ last supper where he gave bread and wine to be his body and blood, a sign of his saving love. See also Holy Communion.

Holy Communion

At Holy Communion blessed bread and wine is shared, by which we receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The congregation gives thanks for Jesus’ life, his death and resurrection and his continuing presence. See also Eucharist.

Prayer

Prayer sustains our human relationship with God and may involve words (formal or informal) or be silent. Prayer can involve adoration (‘I love you’), confession (‘sorry’), thanksgiving and supplication (‘please’).

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Welcome to Brecon Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist seeks to be an inclusive, faithful, and holy community rooted in the active love of God, his creation, and our neighbours through prayer, fellowship, and service.

The purpose of this magnificent Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist is to worship God. We pray here every day, following the pattern of St Benedict. The Cathedral welcomes everyone who passes through, if you are visiting as a tourist, come to offer your personal prayers and light a candle, or interested in history, architecture or stained glass windows. There are many things to see and learn about.

I hope as you visit the Cathedral you will come to know something of Christ's peace where Christians have worshipped for 900 years. I also hope that this will be a place where 'holiness dawns' in the hearts and lives of the guests and pilgrims who visit us.

We hope you will catch something of the mystery and peace of God here, and tell others so they may come to be welcomed too.

The Very Reverend Dr Paul Shackerley

Dean of Brecon

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Please note that Pilgrims restaurant is now closed and will reopen in the Spring


The town is situated on the main A40 trunk road, midway between Abergavenny to the East and Llandovery to the West. It is also accessible from the South (Cardiff) via the A470 and the North East (Builth Wells, Hay On Wye, Hereford etc.) via the A470 and the A465. The Cathedral is situated on the B4520 and is well signposted as you enter the town - just follow the brown signs.

Access, Parking, Toilets etc.

There is a pay-and-display car park next to the Cathedral (we receive income from ticket sales but not from fines), and this includes disabled parking and space for two coaches or buses. There are toilets inside the south west entrance to the Cathedral and also behind Pilgrims restaurant. The north door (from the graveyard) has steps through the porch into the Cathedral. The south west door (accessed from inside the Close) has lift access. There are no other steps in the Cathedral (excepting areas which are normally out of bounds to visitors).


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Brecon Cathedral Dean and Chapter give thanks to the Allchurches Trust Limited for their continued grant support. We received a grant of £5,516 to help the Cathedral’s engagement with the local community, tourism, music and the arts as part of the Cathedral’s mission and ministry. Allchurches Trust is one of the UK's largest grant-making charities and gave more than £16 million to churches, charities and communities in 2018. Its funds come from its ownership of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. The Dean of Brecon, the Very Revd Dr Paul Shackerley said,:"we are grateful for the annual grant provided by the Allchurches Trust of £11,000, which assists the Cathedral in our mission and sustainability."