Updated: March 22, 2020
Our response to COVID-19
To help protect the health and safety of all who live, work, and visit the Abbey during the COVID-19 pandemic, and after carefully monitoring the news, listening to the recommendations of health authorities and following the directives of the Vancouver Archdiocese, Westminster Abbey has implemented the following measures:
GATE CLOSED @ 5:00 p.m.
- At this time, all buildings are closed to the public except for the abbey church, which will have limited access during the day. (Please see “Abbey Church” below.)
- No access to public washrooms.
- We are requiring visitors to wash their hands at the sink inside the entrance to the abbey church.
- We are asking visitors to postpone coming to the abbey church or to enjoy the grounds if they are ill or know they have had contact with someone who is ill with the coronavirus.
- We encourage everyone to practice a safe social distance of two meters to help protect each other from this virus.
We regret that, by order of our Church authority, we cannot hold public times of worship during this period of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, at other times of day the Abbey Church* will be open for private prayer in keeping with the following schedule:
Monday – Saturday
5:30 a.m. – 6:15 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sundays & Solemn Feast Days
6:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
2:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
* With respect for and in view of the sanctity of the location, during the visit to the Church visitors are kindly requested to observe absolute silence.
The Porter of the Monastery
“At the gate of the Monastery let there be placed a wise old man, who knows how to give and receive an answer, and whose ripeness of years suffers him not to wander. He ought to have his cell near the gate, so that they who come may always find some one at hand to give them an answer. As soon as any one shall knock, or a poor man call to him, let him answer, “Thanks be to God,” or bid God bless him, and then with all mildness and the fear of God let him give reply without delay, in the fervour of charity.”
– Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 66