Jenolan Caves

Underground Church

16 Apr 2017

Experience an Easter Church Service, deep underground, in the Cathedral Chamber of the Lucas Cave. All are welcome to this free, non-denominational service.

Christians can experience something really unique - a church service, deep underground, in the Cathedral Chamber of the Lucas Cave. All are welcome to this free, non-denominational service.

Book and arrive by 8:30am, to pick up your free ticket.

Underground Church at Jenolan Caves is a unique experience.Note that it is 252 steep stair steps to reach the Cathedral Chamber. Once inside, you can sit, relax, hear the Easter message.  After catching your breath, you can sing well-known Christian songs, in the acoustically perfect chamber.  

Although Jenolan Caves hosts many underground weddings, it holds church services once a year only - at Easter  - organised by a group of dedicated Christians on Jenolan's staff.

History of underground church services at Jenolan Caves

Like any other Australian rural community, for most of its 174 year history, the residents of Jenolan Caves attended church. Until the late 1960s, underground church services were held weekly. In the 1870s, the services were Methodist. But over the years, the Cathedral Chamber was used by other denominations. Amazingly, in the 1960s, services were broadcast regularly from the Cathedral Chamber and aired live on Sydney radio station, 2GB! In 2008, World Youth Day saw the Cathedral Chamber used for Catholic Mass, approximately 50 times, over 8 days - each Mass accommodating a full busload of pilgrims!

As Jenolan's early cave explorers mapped their way through unfamiliar passages and caverns, they named a multitude of formations after familiar stories from the Bible. Jenolan's Cathedral Chamber was named not only because of its huge dimensions (54 metres high), but because its massive formations reminded explorers of church features - the 'baptismal font', the 'pulpit', 'the organ', 'the belfry', 'the organ pipes' and 'the cathedral windows'.

Morning Tea

After the service, free morning tea will be served near the Guides Office.

Jenolan Caves Apps
4655 Jenolan Caves Road, Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains NSW. Ph: 1300 76 33 11 or +61 2 6359 3911
2011 Winner - Australian Tourism Awards

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