Welsh National Shrine of Our Lady of the Taper

Welcome to The Shrine of Our Lady of the Taper, the national shrine for Wales and parish for the people of Cardigan and surrounding areas. The shrine rector and parish priest Fr Phillip Harries also serves the parish of Our Lady, Queen of Peace in Newcastle Emlyn.

The image of Our lady of the Taper is one that portrays great comfort and hope for us, as the Virgin holds her Son, and presents Him to us as our Lord and God, she lights our way to Him. In the dark of the evening, the lighted taper illuminates the faces of Mother and Child, and teaches us of our Christian Faith, that Christ is the light of the world, and the role of Our Lady is to lead us to the Divine light of Her Son.

The Church in Cardigan is open for private prayer - All public services remain suspended because of the Corona virus crisis.

We have been awarded a certificate of compliance, that acknowledges all of the safeguards allowing us to open our doors are in place. This means supervising opening hours to ensure people keep a minimum of 2m apart, and that there are not too many people in the Church at one time.

The Opening times are:

Monday 10.00am – 12.00 Noon

Friday 10.00am – 12.00 Noon

Sunday 10.00am – 12.00 Noon

We currently have 5 volunteer wardens. We may be able to open for longer hours on more days, but that is dependent on people willing and able to volunteer.

We are hopeful that soon we will be able welcome people to participate in Holy Mass. Until that is possible, please be aware Holy Mass is celebrated each day in the Church, and you are prayed for each day. You are remembered in the Mass, before the Blessed Sacrament and at the Shrine of Our Lady.