Light up a Life services – Manchester Cathedral

Join our Light up a Life Appeal and come together as a community to remember and reflect together

December 5, 2021

Join one of our services of remembrance at Manchester Cathedral on Sunday 5th December, at:

  • 1.00pm – this service is now at capacity
  • 2.30pm
  • 4.00pm

You’re invited to join our appeal and dedicate a light to acknowledge all that we’ve been through, the people and things close to our hearts we’ve lost and the memories which we’ll treasure. 

Make a dedication online and add a light to the online Winter Forest, along with a photo of a loved one, a message or a memory.

When you dedicate a light online, you will be able to choose which service you would like to attend and how many tickets you would like.

All dedications received by the 26th November will be recorded in the 2021 Book of Honour, which will be on display at all of the services and in our hospices at Little Hulton and Heald Green next year.

If you have any questions about the Light Up A Life Appeal or your dedication, please contact our fundraising team on 0161 498 3631 or

Thank you to Swizzels who have sponsored the candles at our services this year.

Please note:

We have had to introduce some changes this year, in order to keep everyone attending as safe as possible during the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. This is especially important as our frontline nursing staff will be helping on the day, who are still supporting very vulnerable patients at the hospice and in their own homes.

Please do not attend if you are showing symptoms of Covid-19, are awaiting the results of a test for Covid-19 or have been advised to self isolate.

·         Please wear a face mask at the service, especially when moving around the Cathedral.

·         A partial one-way system will be in place, with the entrance only through the South Door on Cathedral Yard (as normal), and exit through the North Door.

·         You will be able to enter the Cathedral 15 minutes before the service, and will be asked to leave 15 minutes after the service finishes to reduce mixing. Timings are listed below.

1pm service – doors will open at 12.45pm and you will be asked to leave by 2.00pm

2.30pm service – doors will open at 2.15pm and you will be asked to leave by 3.30pm

4pm service – doors will open at 3.45pm and you will be asked to leave by 5pm

·         If you wish to distance from other groups, then please ask a St Ann’s volunteer for an ‘x’ to place on the seat next to you. Please do not sit on a seat with an x on it.

·         The doors will remain open for the duration of the services to allow for air flow.

If you are unsure about travelling to Manchester Cathedral on Sunday due to the recent strengthening of Covid-19 restrictions, then you will be able to watch the online service at home or with your friends and family next week instead. We will be filming the full service in order to create an online version, this will be available on the St Ann’s website or through social media from Thursday 9th December at 7pm onwards.

There will be dedicated seating available if you don’t wish to be included in the filming; please ask on the day if you would like to sit here.

We hope you enjoy the service this year. If you have any further questions about the service, or any of the above, then please contact us on or call 0161 498 3631.

Below is some information which Manchester Cathedral has asked us to share with you ahead of the service.

Welcome to Manchester Cathedral

 Welcome to the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George in the heart of the City of Manchester. The building is the old mediaeval Parish Church of Manchester. King Henry V first granted it Collegiate status in 1421 and it became Manchester’s Cathedral on the creation of the Diocese of Manchester in 1847. It is believed that there has been a church on or near this site for over a thousand years.


Manchester Cathedral works hard to create safe environments where children and young people are protected and where all people, especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.  We follow the policies and procedures detailed within the Cathedral Safeguarding Handbook.  We act promptly on any complaints made, and work in partnership with Manchester Diocese, the police and social care services whenever appropriate to do so. Details of our policy and how to voice a concern can be found on a dedicated page of our website and on the noticeboard at the south porch.

 Visiting Manchester Cathedral from 19 July 2021

For your personal safety, the Dean and Chapter strongly encourage you to continue to wear face masks and use the hand sanitisers provided when visiting the Cathedral.