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Photo of clergy and servers at High Mass, surrounded by clouds of incense Little Saint Mary's, Cambridge, UK

"Live, Jesus, live, and let it be
My life to die for love of Thee."

Personal motto of Richard Crashaw, priest at Little S Mary's 1638–1643

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Photo of Lady Chapel doors and statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Little Saint Mary's (LSM or Saint Mary the Less) is a mediæval parish church in the heart of the ancient English university city of Cambridge. Since the late nineteenth century it has offered a distinctive liturgical and sacramental witness in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England to both the City and University. The main Sunday service is High Mass, which takes place at 10:30. Full details of services may be found here.

Why "Little"? Because down the road is the well-known University church, Great St Mary's. We are smaller, but higher.

The church is in the diocese of Ely.

Come and have a look! You will find us next door to Peterhouse on the corner of Trumpington Street and Little St Mary's Lane. The church and its secluded wild garden are open daily.

Contact details and maps can be found here.

The Liturgy

Musical and social activities


Sunday traditional High Mass; Coffee in the Parish Room after Sunday High Mass; Spiritual direction and the Sacrament of Reconciliation;
Distinguished guest preachers; Parish lunches, barbecues, outings, picnics, games, etc.; Quiet days and retreats;
Children's group during Sunday Mass (Eucharist); Pilgrimages;
Sung Mass on all major festivals; Adult SATB choir; Charitable overseas links;
Full Holy Week and Triduum observances; Junior trebles' choir for girls and boys (7+); Ecumenical joint events with the neighbouring United Reformed Church and a Roman Catholic parish in Belgium;
Daily Mass; Pre-Junior choir for 3 to 7 year olds; Regular Guild Offices of the Catholic Societies;
Solemn Evensong (BCP) and Benediction every Sunday; LSM Singers Rehearse and Sing Evensong choir; Lent courses;
Praying of the Daily Offices. Organ recitals and concerts; Stations of the Cross during Lent and Holy Week.
Evening Prayer is said (sung on Sundays) daily at 18:00. Other creative activities, including amateur dramatics, gardening and flower-arranging.

If the information you require is not to be found on this website, or if you need a priest, please telephone the church office on (01223) 366202 or contact one of these people.