History

Community, Worship, Culture

Despite its only recent consecration, the Cathedral was built between 1879 and 1884, and through its links to Island culture, has a wealth of history and knowledge that can be shared and enjoyed by the community.

St German of Man (Noo Carmane AspickVannin)

Noo Carmane AspickVannin, or St German of Man, was a Celtic missionary and holy man who lived from about 410 to 474.  St German’s day is celebrated here on 13 July, where we remember him as our first Bishop and patron of our Cathedral.

Though sometimes confused with his near contemporary, St Germaine of Auxerre, St German of Man is part of the Celtic rather than Roman Christian tradition.  His name is found in various ancient sources, for example, the writings of the 11th century monk Jocelyn, the Acts of Kieran, and those of other early Irish saints.  It appears that St German was appointed as Bishop here by St Patrick.  A seventeenth century ballad, Mannanan Beg Mac y Lir, confirms the honour paid to St German locally as a wonderworker and Christian founder and tells us that he founded many keeills across the length and breadth of the Isle of Man.  It also reports that the saint died before his work on Man was completed.

The Icon of St German

The icon presents St German as the travelling monk he was, and of characteristic Celtic appearance, with fair skin, red hair and green eyes.  His head is shaved from ear to ear in the fashion of the Celtic church.  He wears a hooded cloak, and over his shoulders the pallium denotes his status as Bishop.  The Celtic cross is raised in his right hand; a sign of authority and blessing.  In his left hand he holds a depiction of the present-day Cathedral, which carries on the work he began over 1,500 years ago.  St German gazes unflinchingly and compassionately, seeming to challenge us with his unfinished mission.

But an icon of a saint is never just a historical portrait.  Contemplating an icon is a spiritual rather than an aesthetic event.  The aim is to show the image of God which the saint revealed in his or her life – the hidden person of the heart.  So it is that the true icon is always a call for conversion, an invitation to a process where we are all transformed into the same glorious image.

Cathedral Isle of Man has two prayers used to remember the work of St German:

Prayer:

Blessed German who toiled untiringly,
and in whose right hand is the sign of the most holy passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Give us strength to spread the faith,
and grant us unswerving commitment to holiness,
so that, like you, we may build up your Church on this island,
and lead all people to your glory.

Prayer:

Holy Father,
We give you thanks for Bishop German,
who toiled untiringly to spread the faith and to save souls.
Grant us his unswerving commitment to holiness
so that, like him, we may build up your Church on this island
and lead all people to your glory.
We ask this through the intercessions of your only Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the prayers of our patron St German.

Regular Services Calendar

Sundays

8.30am Eucharist
10.30am Worship with Eucharist
3.30pm Choral Evensong (during term time)

Weekdays

9.00am Morning Prayer (Monday – Saturday)
5.30pm Evening Prayer (Monday – Saturday)
9.30am Eucharist (Wednesday and Holy Days)

The Cathedral hosts special services to celebrate events in the community, and the seasons of the Church year. Click here for more details.

Opening times

You are always welcome in the Cathedral, whether for worship or just to look around, learn more about the history, or perhaps simply to enjoy some quiet time on your own.

The Cathedral is open daily from 9am to 6pm.

We are open all year round, though opening hours may vary slightly on Bank Holidays and Holy Days.

Cathedral Isle Of Man Events

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Gardeners Club

16/09/2019 10:00 - 16:00

An opportunity to get fit and help make a difference. Turn up anytime between 10am and 4pm  

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The Big Table Cafe

16/09/2019 12:00 - 14:00

Share a freshly cooked hot meal with friends old and new - irrespective of your means. Every Monday (except some bank holidays) in the Corrin Hall.

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Women in Song @ The Cathedral

17/09/2019 19:30

This popular Peel based choir entertain us with a wonderful programme of music which appeals to all tastes. Take a leisurely stroll in the gardens, and then step inside the Cathedral to enjoy this high quality musical event enriched by the wonderful acoustics of the building. Enjoy tea, coffee and light refreshments afterwards in the company of other music lovers.

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Sung Evening Prayer

18/09/2019 17:30 - 18:00

Cantor led congregational singing of evening prayer in the choirstalls.

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