Portsmouth Cathedral is, first and foremost,
the Mother Church of the Diocese of Portsmouth,
a geographical area including south-east Hampshire, Portsea Island and the Isle
of Wight. It is the base of the Bishop of Portsmouth, and the focal point
for many diocese-wide services and events.
It is also a centre of Worship and Mission. Worship and prayer,
formal and informal, are offered to God here every day of the year.
Congregations range from over 1000 to under 10 and the worship
takes many different forms. We warmly welcome everyone, no matter
what their previous religious experience. We seek to worship God
and to share his love with all those who come here.
It is, further, the Parish Church of St Thomas of Canterbury,
serving all those who live in its geographical parish rather like
any other parish church.
For centuries the Cathedral has watched, listened and helped the
people of Portsmouth navigate the passage of time. It has witnessed
wars and peace, famous marriages, been bombed and rebuilt. Now
there stands a building of greatness and of simple enduring beauty.
Think about the things
that are true and honourable and right and
pure and beautiful and respected…And the God who gives peace will be