The High Altar of the Priory Church
The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great
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St Bartholomew the Great is the oldest church in London, founded in 1123 as an Augustinian monastery. Now a parish church, it is home to a thriving congregation as well as being a destination for visitors from all over the world, and is used extensively by film and TV companies.
St Bartholomew the Less, also founded in 1123 as Chapel of the Holy Cross, moved to its present site inside the hospital gates in 1184. It was called the Less to distinguish it from its larger neighbour.

The Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less
The Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less
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Whatever your reason for visiting us, you are most welcome here. Whether it is to do with prayer, participation in the sacraments, or any other spiritual need, or you like to look around ancient buildings, find our history intriguing, want to see where so many major films and TV programmes have been shot, or have any other interest, we want you to feel completely at home with us. For those who come to partake of the sacrament, all are welcome to receive it, irrespective of the rules laid down by other parts of the Christian Church.
We are an inclusive church. There is no discrimination here on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, sexual orientation or social class.

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26th November 2017

The Last Sunday after Trinity

09:00 Holy Eucharist
in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
Preacher: Fr Mark Young

10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in The Less
Preacher: Fr Gerard Moate, The Hospitaller

11:00 Procession with Laudes RegiŠ & Solemn Eucharist in The Great
Preacher: Fr Mark Young
Readings: 1: Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24 E: Ephesians 1:15–23
G: Matthew 25:31–46
Setting: Missa O Rex gloriæ – Palestrina
At the Offertory: King of Glory, King of Peace – Walford Davies
Postlude: Toccata – Dubois

The Solemn Eucharist will be followed by a wine reception for the congregation, hosted on behalf of the church by Iain Bailey, to whom we are most grateful.
Please do come along!

13:30 Holy Baptism of Benjamin Mateo Gould in The Great

18:30 Choral Evensong with Laudes RegiŠ & Sermon in The Great
Preacher: Fr Martin Freeman
Readings: 1: 1 Maccabees 2:15–29 2: Matthew 28:16–20
Responses: Clucas
Canticles: Evening Service in Ab – Rubbra
Anthem: Rejoice in the Lamb – Britten
Postlude: Fantasia in G – Parry

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