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All are welcome at Birmingham Cathedral
A welcome from the Dean of Birmingham, The Very Reverend Matt Thompson
Welcome to our beautiful cathedral where for more than 300 years prayers and praise
have been offered to God. This daily worship continues to be at the heart of our
cathedral life today.
This remarkable building stands as an enduring witness to the transforming love of God
made visible for us in Jesus Christ. It continues to inspire people to go out into the world
to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to follow Christ through lives of daring creativity
and deep faithfulness.
Once amongst fields, Birmingham Cathedral was originally St Philip’s parish church.
At the centre of the growing town of Birmingham, it was designed by Warwickshire
architect Thomas Archer in the new English Baroque style and consecrated in 1715.
As Birmingham emerged as an influential industrial centre and city of a thousand trades,
with waves of people coming to live and work here, the need for a new cathedral became
apparent. In 1905 the Bishop of Birmingham, Charles Gore, chose St Philip’s to be the
cathedral of the new diocese of Birmingham.
Most striking to visitors and worshippers are the exceptionally important set of stained-glass
windows designed by Birmingham born artist Edward Burne-Jones and made in the
workshop of William Morris. Burne-Jones was born on nearby Bennett’s Hill and baptised
in the church. Today visitors from around the world are drawn to see these remarkable
examples of Pre-Raphaelite art. I invite you to take time to enjoy their divine beauty.
The cathedral is the spiritual home for a lively Christian community where worship, from
the simplest prayer to soaring musical excellence, is always accompanied by a warm
welcome. We aspire to pray, to serve and to grow in the love of God and our care of
More than an artistic treasure, Birmingham Cathedral offers a place of peace, hospitality
and welcome. Please light a candle, say a prayer and take comfort in this sacred space.
Enjoy this website and your visit to Birmingham.
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.
Teach us to offer ourselves to your service,
that here we may have your peace,
and in the world to come we may see you face to face,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
St Augustine of Hippo