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The Cathedral sits on a site of Christian worship stretching back to the late 6th. century. Construction was started in the mid 13th. century but the building was only complete for around 100 years when the Reformation, in 1560, led to serious damage. The Choir was restored around 1600 and continues to be used as the Parish church today.
As the Parish Church of Dunkeld, we are part of the Church of Scotland. The Church of Scotland is Presbyterian in structure, and all services are usually conducted in this style, and have been since the settlement after the Glorious Revolution in 1688. The term Presbyterian refers to the style of church government based on a series of courts (or committees). Each local church has a Kirk Session which consists in the minister and a number of elders. Each minister and an elder from every parish is a member of the Presbytery which has oversight of a larger area and the supreme court of the church is the General Assembly which meets annually in Edinburgh.
Hymns are from the 4th edition of the Church Hymnary and the Choir sings and Introit and Anthem every week and during the winter break in February the Hand Bell ringing group often takes part.
Visitors and children are always warmly welcomed at any of our services. At the Cathedral, local children go to The Chanonry for their classes after the second hymn. For visiting children who stay 'Activity Packs' are available containing colouring sheets, crayons and a bible story book - just ask an elder at the door.
After the service everyone is welcome to stay for tea and coffee.
During the summer there are occasional 'Songs of Silence' services which last for 45 minutes. These are reflective in nature, using Taize music and other similar styles.
The main morning service is at 11am. From Easter Sunday to Remembrance we are in the Cathedral and then from Remembrance to Palm Sunday in Little Dunkeld Kirk.
Dunkeld Cathedral - 11am - 12pm
(Easter to Remembrance Sunday) Disabled Access & Loop Sound System
Little Dunkeld - 11am
(Sunday after Remembrance to Palm Sunday) Disabled Access & Loop Sound System
Amulree - 2.15pm
Services held every third Sunday of the month - communion is celebrated in Amulree at the June and November services.
On the first Sunday of the month at 3pm. a group from the local churches leads a service in the sitting room of the Servite Sheltered Housing complex. Visitors and friends are always welcome.
A service is held in the local residential home on the third Thursday of the month. In March, June, September and December the usual service is preceded by a short celebration of communion.
Celebration of the Sacrament of Communion
Is celebrated at 11am and 6.30pm on the first Sundays of March, June, September and December every year. On the Sunday following each of these there is a communion service at Dowally.
Sacrament of Baptism
The Church of Scotland practices infant baptism as well as adults. Anyone interested in enquiring about Baptism for themselves or their children should contact the Minster.
For information on Weddings contact the Minister. To listen to suggested wedding music, please go to our 'Music & Song' page.
Recordings of services on CD's are available each week. Request a copy
Online services are on YouTube every week - going 'live' at 11am on a Sunday morning but accessible from then on. Go to 'Dunkeld Cathedral Online to access all services.