Service Times


Chapel open for quiet prayer/meditation

at 5 PM;

service at 5:15 PM in the High Street Chapel


Quiet Eucharist at 8 AM

Choral Eucharist at 10 AM

Our High Street Chapel is open to the public as are our Labyrinth and Gardens.


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Cathedral Church of St. Paul


The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, the Cathedral and liturgical center of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, takes seriously Jesus' inclusion of all people in the Good News of God's love. There is a place for YOU in this community of faith!


We gather to worship God every Sunday at 8 and 10 am. We are a people of Word and Sacrament, combining sacred traditions of liturgy and music with relevant preaching.  Our High Street Chapel is open to the public, as will be our Labyrinth and Gardens.


Since the mid-1800s, St. Paul's has felt a special calling to care for those in our city and our world who are in economic need. Members are especially involved in the Connection Café and Central Iowa Shelter meal programs and in initiatives in Africa, Swaziland, and Sudan

Holy Week and Easter Services

Palm Sunday - March 29
Blessing of the palms and Passion Narrative

Chrism Mass - Monday, March 30 at 11 am
Includes reaffirmation of baptismal and ordination vows and blessing of holy oils. All are welcome to attend.

Chapel Eucharists - Tuesday, March 31, and Wednesday, April 1 at 12 noon in the High Street Chapel

Maundy Thursday - April 2
7 pn - Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar
8 pm to midnight - Prayer Vigil in the High Street Chapel

Good Friday - April 3
12 noon - Liturgy with sung Gospel
1:30 to 3 pm - The Downtown Way of the Cross with the Bridge Churches
7 pm - The Stations of the Cross (at the Cathedral)

The Great Vigil of Easter - Saturday, April 4
7 pm - Lessons and Lighting of the Paschal Fire  with the Fist Eucharist of Easter to follow
Reception following the service

Easter Sunday - April 5
8 am - Holy Eucharist with Hymns
10 am - Festival Eucharist


St. Paul's Welcomes New Dean

The Chapter is pleased to announce that the Reverend Troy C. Beecham, from the Atlanta, Georgia area, has accepted the call to become the Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul.

Over the last twelve years, Father Beecham led three parish congregations as their rector in renewing their identity, liturgy, and ministry as Episcopal churches, more fully embracing our Anglican heritage. Fr. Troy continues to have a love of teaching, leading a weekly Adult Christian Formation class for the last eleven years, in which he teaches the languages, history, theology, and philosophy of the Scriptures. He also periodically teaches courses on other subjects.

Getting Married?

Learn more about weddings at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul.


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Saturday, 18 January 2014 00:00

Silent Prayer & Meditation in High Street Chapel

The High Street Chapel will be open for individual silent prayer/meditation 20 minutes before and after each of the regular Eucharist services on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings.

Come for a moment of quiet reflection, light a candle for a special prayer request, or remember a loved one inurned in the Columbarium.

The Worship Cloister also invites anyone interested in helping to "watch and pray" during these times, including making sure lights and candles are extinguished at the end of the prayer time, to contact Cloister co-chair Michael Piper so that a schedule can be prepared.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 13:08
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Palm Sunday Procession for Peace

Sunday, March 29, 2015

2:30 pm - Gather at the Capitol West Mall

3 pm - Process downtown

3:45 pm - Worship at St. John's Lutheran Church, 500 Sixth Avenue, Des Moines

A procession, led by a donkey, is followed by a prayer service for peace. We will raise our prayers and strengthen our resolve to follow the Palm Sunday message of speaking truth to power. We continue to urge political leaders to seek peaceful resolutions to ongoing world conflicts, to advocate against the use of drone warfare, and to insist that "War is not the answer. The Rev. Minna Quint, Senior Pastor at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church, will bring the reflection.

Des Moines Area Ecumenical Committee for Peace