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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Abbey is no longer open for public worship, general visiting or private prayer. Meanwhile, the community of Abbey clergy, privately and following guidance given, will sustain the worship of a building that has been a witness to God’s grace and glory for over a thousand years.

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Services & times

Our Lady of Pew

The Society of Our Lady of Pew venerates the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, and regularly holds Mass and retreats in the Abbey.

Statue of Our Lady of Pew with a small candle on either side

The Chapel of Our Lady of Pew in Westminster Abbey, off the north ambulatory, was originally a self-contained 14th-century rectangular recessed chapel, but it now forms part of the entrance to the Chapel of St John the Baptist. The term 'Pew' refers to a small enclosure or chapel.

Sister Concordia Scott OSB, of Minster Abbey near Ramsgate in Kent, sculpted the fine alabaster statue of the Virgin and Child in the niche of the Chapel of Our Lady of Pew. It took 14 months to complete and was placed in the chapel on 10th May 1971.

The original statue here had disappeared centuries ago. The design of the 20th-century piece was inspired by a 15th-century English alabaster Madonna at Westminster Cathedral.

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Upcoming services and events

Sung Eucharist in the Lady Chapel
Friday 1st May 6.30pm
Event cancelled

Festival Eucharist and Procession in the Abbey
Friday 24th July 6.30pm

Quiet Day in the St Faith's Chapel
Saturday 22nd August 10.30am-2.30pm

Requiem Eucharist in the Lady Chapel followed by the AGM of the Society
Friday 13th November 6.30pm

Advent Quiet Day in St Faith's Chapel
Saturday 5th December 10.30am-2.30pm

It’s very hard not to be enthusiastic working at the Abbey. If this place doesn’t make you smile I don’t know what will.

Valerie - Foundation Director

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