Since the late 7th century, Malmesbury Abbey has been a place of Christian worship and prayer. The prayers of the many generations that have gone before us are at the heart of our inheritance today. And the legacy we leave to the generations that come after us is built through prayer.

Daily Prayer at 9 am

Although the Abbey is closed during the current coronavirus emergency, when the crisis is over and we are able to open our doors again, you will be very welcome to join us each day in St Aldhelm’s Chapel, at the east end of the building, as the daily life of the Abbey begins with prayer. For about 20-25 minutes you can expect a simple liturgy that includes a psalm, silence, readings from the bible, a hymn and a short time of informal prayer which will often include the needs of the world and the prayer requests of visitors. On Sundays at 9 am you will find a service of Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer.

Note that during the coronavirus emergency, Morning and Evening Prayer services from Monday to Saturday are streamed live on the Malmesbury Abbey Online Facebook page. They are then posted on the Morning & Evening Prayer page of this website.


When we are able to open our doors again, we also have a monthly prayer meeting in the Abbey, where about 30 people gather for a time of passionate contemporary worship, a short inspirational word, and an extended time of informal, extemporary prayer. Together, we trust the Holy Spirit not only to inspire us in our prayers for the world and the community, but also to guide us and speak His wisdom into the life of the Abbey. You can find the details of our next Glory! prayer meeting on the Abbey News Sheet or through the Abbey Office .

The Persecuted Church

‘If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it…’ (1 Corinthians 12:26).

Christians are the most persecuted group in the world with an estimated 100,000 Christians dying each year because of their faith – that’s 11 per hour (Centre for the Study of Global Christianity). In 139 countries around the world, almost three-quarters of the world’s countries, Christians face some form of discrimination. Please join us in our services, in our small groups and in our monthly prayer meeting in praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world. For more information about prayer for the persecuted Church in the Abbey, please contact the Abbey office . For further resources and information, including prayer resources, please visit the Open Doors Website .