The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great   Great Arms
West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS  
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Welcome to the website of the Parish of Great St Bartholomew

The Quire of the Priory Church. The Altar of the Hospital Church
The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great The Hospital Chuch of St Bartholomew the Less

The Priory Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great is London's oldest surviving church. Founded in 1123 as an Augustinian Priory, it has been in continuous use since 1143. It is an active Anglican/Episcopal Church located in the part of London known as The City.

Originally known as the Chapel of the Holy Cross, and founded nearby in 1123, the Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less, just inside the hospital gates, moved to its present site in 1184. It was called the Less just to distinguish it from its larger neighbour.

On 1st June 2015, the two parishes formed the new united benefice of Great St Bartholomew, which now contains both churches. The Parish Church is St Bartholomew the Great, while St Bartholomew the Less is what is known as a Chapel of Ease – this means it is a church provided primarily for the convenience of those close to it, in this case especially those working or present as patients in the hospital.

The Smithfield area, which includes St Bartholomew's Hospital and Smithfield Market, has a large number of restaurants, bars and pubs both north and south of the Market. At the heart of it all is the Priory Church (that is, the Great), which was built when Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, was King of England. It survived the Great Fire of 1666, and the bombs dropped in Zeppelin raids in World War I and during the Blitz in World War II. In the late 19th century, it was renovated and restored to its medieval plan as far as possible by Sir Aston Webb, his first major restoration project. Drawing on their nearly 900-year history, our Churches today are noted today for their remarkable architecture, traditional formal worship, marvellous music and intelligent preaching.

The area around the churches is now in the process of changing significantly, and this is expected to make the area even more active than it has been until now. To the north of the church, the new Crossrail Farringdon Station is being built. Crossrail expects that 140 trains per hour will travel through the new interchange, which will link Thameslink, Crossrail and the Underground networks. It will also be possible to reach three of London's airports from there. Farringdon will be one of London's busiest stations, and is likely to increase visitors to the area very considerably. To the south of the church, Helical Bar and The Baupost Group of Boston will be re-developing former hospital buildings on Bartholomew Close and Little Britain. When finished, these are expected to comprise 236 new apartments, 21,400m2 of office space, and 2,200m2 of retail space.

The church has appeared in many films, including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Amazing Grace, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, Muppets: Most Wanted, Snow White and the Huntsman, Sherlock Holmes, Jude, The End of the Affair, and Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, many TV shows, including Richard II from the BBC's The Hollow Crown, the BBC's Edwin Drood, and the T-Mobile Royal Wedding Advertisement, with more shows and films now in post-production.

The Revd Martin Dudley BD MSc MTh PhD DArts FSA FRHistS AKC was the 25th Rector of St Bartholomew the Great since the Reformation
and is the 1st Rector of Great St Bartholomew

The Policy of the Priory Church


6th August 2015
Feast of Dedication of the Priory Church


09:00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley – The Rector

10:00 The Family Eucharist remains
on holiday until 13th September


11:00 Solemn Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Great
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley – The Rector
Setting: Missa brevis in C major, K.220 – Mozart
At the Offertory: Locus iste – Bruckner
Postlude: Toccata (Symphonie V) – Widor

18:30 Choral Evensong, Sermon
& Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley – The Rector
Introit: Locus iste – Bruckner
Responses: Rose
Canticles: Evening Service in G – Jackson
Anthem: Blessed City, Heavenly Salem – Bairstow
At Benediction: O Salutaris & Tantum ergo – Fletcher
Postlude: Alla marcia – Ireland

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St Bartholomew-the-Great
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Enmeshed I & II
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

9th September 2015
Celebrating 20 years of life in the Priory Church

On 9th September 2015, it will be 20 years since the Rector, Dr Martin Dudley, came to the Priory Church. This is being marked with a celebration of the life and work of the priests and people of the Priory Church over this period. We begin with Choral Evensong in the church at 18:00, with the Dean of Westminster, the Very Revd Dr John Hall, preaching. (The Dean & Chapter of the Abbey are the Patrons of the Living, and so very involved in the appointment of our Rectors.)
Everyone is very welcome to join us at Evensong.

This will be followed by a dinner held in Haberdashers' Hall. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the Harpist, Zuzanna Olbryś. An alumna of the Guildhall School of Music, she has recently been playing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Please note: the booking period for the dinner has now ended.
Please contact the Parish Office about late booking arrangements if you would still like to come.


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Rahere Singers: Next Evensong on Sunday, 25th October 2015

The next Choral Evensong to be sung by the Rahere Singers has been set for October 25th. Rehearsals are likely to be on October 9th and October 23rd, both at 18:00 in the church, as well as at 17:00 on the Sunday afternoon itself – but please do check back here to be certain, as the rehearsal dates are currently provisional.
The repertoire is expected to include the wonderful and influential Evening Canticles in D by Walmisley.

As usual, the administration of this service is in the hands of the indefatigeable Zoë McMillan.
If you would like to take part in this service, please contact her either by writing an email to
zoe.mcmillan51@gmail.com (please note: this is a new email address – please do not use the old one!)
or by calling her on (020) 7638 1659

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Magnificat the Mystery Cat

The church currently has a guest who has moved in and made himself very comfortable, as is evident from the photograph. You may have seen mention of this on our Facebook page as well. Our Verger and Doorkeeper, Gordon Furry, has named him (most appropriately) "Magnificat". The corner of the porch in the photograph seems now to be a favourite place for snoozing. Meantime, Magnificat has also most graciously consented to be fed from time to time, although the washing up seems to be beneath his dignity – or perhaps just not necessary in his opinion.

Rumour has it that there are a few other establishments in the area that Magnificat has also graced from time to time...

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Family Eucharist Summer Holiday

Although most aspects of our parish life ended their summer programme on S. Bartholomew's Day, 24th August 2015, the Family Eucharist is remaining on holiday until 13th September 2015. This is so that everyone can join in our Patronal Festival on Sunday, 30th August and the Feast of Dedication the following week (September 6th) in the Great. The following Sunday, 13th September, everything will be back in full swing at 10:00 in St Bartholomew the Less.

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Royal Charter of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers

The church is now home to a triptych of boards on which are displayed three rarely seen documents. These relate to the vist by HRH The Prince of Wales to the church on 3rd April 2014 , when he presented the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers with their Royal Charter. The Rector writes about the display as follows:

The three documents displayed here are (i) a Royal Charter, (ii) the Letters Patent of a Livery Company, and (iii) a Grant of Arms. They all belong to the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, the 104th livery company of the City of London. The livery companies were originally the trade guilds of the City; to these were added modern trades and professions. Associated with this Church, in addition to the Hackney Carriage Drivers, are the Butchers, Farmers, Fletchers, Founders, Haberdashers, Information Technologists, Tax Advisers, and Public Relations Practitioners.

A Royal Charter is a way of turning a group of individuals into a legal entity, a corporate body. The Charter is granted by The Queen in Council and carries the impress of the Great Seal. Queen Elizabeth II has had two seals during her reign and this one, designed by the sculptor James Butler, and produced by the Royal Mint, has been in use since 2001. The Charter, granted in 2013, was presented by the Prince of Wales here in the Priory Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great in April 2014.

The Letters Patent were granted by the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen of the City of London. They explain that ‘the good people of the Fellowship of Hackney Carriage Drivers’, having become a City Company without livery, had petitioned to become a Livery Company, and this application was ‘considered, approved and accepted’ by the Aldermen. The Letters Patent display the arms of the City on the left and of the Company on the right.

The Grant of Arms is made by the College of Arms and confers the right to the coat of arms with its motto and supporters, together with a distinctive badge. The arms are described in proper heraldic terms: ‘Vert a Carriage Wheel between three Spurs in pall rowels outwards Or’. The grant carries the signatures and seals of the three Kings of Arms; Garter, Clarence, and Norroy and Ulster.

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Music Notes
Music Notes for the Patronal Feast of S. Bartholomew
Click here for the Music Notes Archive 2014/2015

Monthly Church Diary
NB These diary files are correct as at the time the printed version (available at the entrance desk) goes to print.
Please check the live diary below for any new bookings or changes to the church's schedule.

Click the link below to view:
Church Diary for September 2015
Church Diary for August 2015
For the diaries for earlier months, please click here to go to our archive page

If you would like to receive our weekly Email Newsletter
which includes the week's calendar and notes about the Sunday music
please click this link

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DAY BY DAY IN THE PARISH OF GREAT ST BARTHOLOMEW
Except where indicated, all events take place in the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great


Church Diary 31st to 5th – Week 22 Ordinary Time
Mon 31st S. Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, 651
Today is also the Summer Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom
We wish everyone on holiday today a very happy and relaxing time

Please note special Bank Holiday opening hours

Please note special Bank Holiday opening hours
13:30 We welcome a visit by a group from Road Scholar
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Tue 1st
       
Wed 2nd
13:30 We welcome a visit by a group from Ithaca College
Click here for more information about Ithaca College
       
Thu 3rd
08:30 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Fri 4th
       
Sat 5th
14:00 Wedding: Ilya Kantsedikas & Christina Matteotti
       

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Sunday, 6th 2015, Feast of Dedication of the Priory Church
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 The Family Eucharist remains on holiday this week so that everyone can be at the Great for the Feast of Dedication there. However, the Family Eucharists will restart next Sunday, 13th September at 10:00 in St Bartholomew the Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist & Procession
Setting: Missa brevis in C major, K.220 – Mozart
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
At the Offertory: Locus iste – Bruckner
Postlude: Toccata (Symphonie V) – Widor
18:30 Choral Evensong, Sermon & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Introit: Locus iste – Bruckner
Responses: Rose
Canticles: Evening Service in G – Jackson
Anthem: Blessed City, Heavenly Salem – Bairstow
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
At Benediction: O Salutaris & Tantum ergo – Fletcher
Postlude: Alla marcia – Ireland

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Church Diary 7th to 12th – Week 23 Ordinary Time
Mon 7th Today is Labor Day in the USA
We wish all our friends in the United States a very happy day
       
Tue 8th
       
Wed 9th Anniversary of the Rector's Institution in the Priory Church
18:00 Choral Evensong & Sermon for the 20th Anniversary of the Rector's Institution
Introit: Locus iste – Bruckner
Responses: Rose
Canticles: Evening Service in G – Stanford
Anthem: The Spirit of the Lord – Elgar
Preacher: The Very Revd Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster
Postlude: Pomp & Circumstance March No. 5 – Elgar, arr. Farrington
19:30 Reception and Dinner at Haberdashers' Hall (ticketed event)
       
Thu 10th
08:30 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
10:00 Service of the Worshipful Company of Butchers
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Fri 11th
10:00 We welcome a group from Hapag-LLoyd organized by EMS Destination Management
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Click here for more information about EMS Destination Management
18:30 Meeting of the Standing Committee in the Cloister
       
Sat 12th
10:00 Baptism Preparation Class in the Cloister
12:00 Wedding: Ian Goodwin & Emma Mallier
       

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Sunday, 13th 2015, Trinity XV – Proper 19
The Family Eucharists re-start today at 10:00 at St Bartholomew the Less
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 The Family Eucharist restarts today at S. Bartholomew the Less
All are welcome, especially those with relatively young persons,
for whom these services are especially designed

Celebrant: The Revd Mark Young, The Pastor
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Papæ Marcelli – Palestrina
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
At the Offertory: Adoramus te, Christe – Monteverdi
Postlude: Prelude & Fugue in C major BWV 545 – Johann Sebastian Bach
18:30 Choral Evensong of the Holy Cross & Sermon
Responses: Clucas
Canticles: Magnificat – Pärt, Nunc Dimittis – Wood
Anthem: Crucem tuam adoramus, Domine – Lukaszewski
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
Postlude: Annum per annum – Pärt

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Church Diary 14th to 19th – Week 24 Ordinary Time
Mon 14th Holy Cross Day
08:30 Holy Communion for Holy Cross Day in the Lady Chapel
       
Tue 15th S. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, Martyr, 258
10:00 We welcome a visit from TAUCK London Walks Film Locations
Click here for more information about TAUCK London Walks Film Locations
       
Wed 16th
       
Thu 17th S. Hildegard of Bingen, 1179
08:30 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
09:15 We welcome a visit from Martin Randall Travel Ltd on their tour: Seven Churches & a Synagogue
Click here for more information about Martin Randall Travel Ltd
       
Fri 18th
       
Sat 19th S. Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690
Today and tomorrow are part of the Open House Weekend in London
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13:30 Wedding: James Longster & Alice Childs
15:00 Wedding: Samuel Franklin & Hannah Bort
       

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Sunday, 20th 2015, Founder's Day – The Anniversary of the Death of Prior Rahere in 1143
Today we are part of the Open House Weekend in London
Click here for more information about the Open House Weekend
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
Celebrant: The Revd Mark Young, The Pastor
11:00 Solemn Eucharist & Holy Baptism of Rose Dowsett
Setting: Missa Quem dicunt homines – Morales
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
At the Offertory: Quem dicunt homines (secunda pars) – Richafort
Postlude: Prelude & Fugue in C BWV 547 – Johann Sebastian Bach
12:30 Wine Reception to mark Founder's Day in the Cloister Café
18:30 Choral Evensong of S. Matthew & Sermon
Responses: Shephard
Canticles: Evening Service in F (Collegium Regale) – Wood
Anthem: Give us the wings of faith – Bullock
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
Postlude: Postlude in G 'on a theme of Orlando Gibbons' – Stanford

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Church Diary 21st to 26th – Week 25 Ordinary Time
Mon 21st S. Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist
08:30 Holy Communion for the Feast of S. Matthew in the Lady Chapel
17:15 Service of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers
Click here for more information about the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers
       
Tue 22nd S. Maurice & the Theban Legion, Martyrs, 3rd century
14:15 We welcome a visit by a group from Regent's University
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Wed 23rd
19:00 A service of Installation for Bishop Jonathan Baker (Guild Vicar) and the Licensing for Fr Mark Young (Associate Vicar) in St Andrew's Holborn – please note the location
       
Thu 24th
08:30 Please note: there will be no celebration of Holy Communion today
14:15 We welcome a visit by a group from Regent's University
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16:45 We welcome a visit from the Cardinal Hume Centre
Click here for more information about the Cardinal Hume Centre
       
Fri 25th Sergius, Abbot of Holy Trinity, Moscow, 1392
       
Sat 26th
       

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Sunday, 27th 2015, Trinity XVII – Proper 21
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
Celebrant: The Revd Bill Wilson
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Mass for Five Voices – Byrd
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson
At the Offertory: O sacrum convivium – Palestrina
Postlude: Fugue in D minor BWV 538 – Johann Sebastian Bach
16:30 We welcome a visit by a group from Brit Movie Tours
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18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon
Responses: Smith
Canticles: Evening Service in Bb – Purcell
Anthem: Factum est silentium – Dering
Preacher: The Revd Mark Young
Postlude: Scherzo – Leighton

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Church Diary 28th to 30th – Week 26 Ordinary Time
Mon 28th
17:00 Election Day Service of the Worshipful Company of Founders
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Tue 29th S. Michael & All Angels
08:30 Holy Communion for the Feast of S. Michael & All Angels in the Lady Chapel
19:00 PCC Meeting at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Financial Centre
2 King Edward St, London EC1A 1HQ
       
Wed 30th S. Jerome, 420
       

St Bartholomew's Museum
at Barts Health NHS Trust

Set in the historic North Wing of St BartholomewÂ’s Hospital, the museum tells the story of this renowned institution, celebrates its achievements and explains its place in history.
Click on this link to go to the Museum's website


Grants & Gifts towards our Music

The Priory Church is very grateful to the Trusts, companies, and individuals mentioned below for grants and gifts that are supporting the musical life of the church:


For funds to support the training and development of choir members:


* GE and especially Corey Anderson, for support of Marie Macklin
Click here for details about GE


* Westminster Almshouses Foundation, for support of Amy Lyddon
Click here for details about the Westminster Almshouses Foundation


For assistance with acquiring and purchasing music:


* The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, for a grant to enable us to purchase music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Click here for details about the Trust


* The Ouseley Trust, for a grant for the purchase of music
Click here for details about the Trust


* Banks Music Publications
Click here for details about Banks Music Publications


* Oxford University Press, Music Publishing Department
Click here for details about OUP Music Department


* Music Sales Ltd, Music Publishers
Click here for details about Music Sales


* The Edition Peters Group, Music Publishers
Click here for details about the Edition Peters Group


For funds to support the music in general:


* Dr Monica Darnbrough
* a number of anonymous donors

for donations to the Heritage Trust to support the performance of music in the Priory Church


We are very grateful to all our donors who make it possible for us to continue a high standard of music in this special place.


Grants & Gifts to the Great Project

The Priory Church is very grateful to the Trusts, companies, and individuals mentioned below for grants and gifts towards our Great Project. Details of this substantial and important project that is intended to equip the church for the next 900 years will be posted on the website soon.


* We are very grateful to Alan Baxter & Associates , for their contribution to the Great Project
Click here for more information about Alan Baxter & Associates


Joining the Electoral Roll

Membership of the Priory Church is based on the Electoral Roll, and gives you, among other things, the right to take part in electing the PCC and Churchwardens. If you are over 16, baptised, resident in the parish or habitually worshipping here, you will qualify to be entered onto the Roll. Please contact the Parish Office for an enrolment form, or you can download one here and send it to the Parish Office or hand it in at church. More information is available by clicking this link


Booking the Priory Church

If you would like to book the Priory Church for a Group Tour, for a concert or other kind of performance, or for filming or a photoshoot, we have application forms for each of these that can be downloaded from here, filled in, and emailed to us. These are for Microsoft Word, so you will only be able to use them if your software is able to work with such files. Please note: filling in a form and sending it in doesn't mean acceptance. It must first be confirmed by the Parish Office in writing.

Group Visit Booking Form

Concert & Performance Booking Form

Film & Photoshoot Booking Form

Click here to see how to contact us


Our Charities

• The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great (Registered Charity No. 1128471) is run by the elected PCC (Parochial Church Council) & church officers and exists to promote the whole work of the church.

• The St Bartholomew the Great Heritage Trust (Registered Charity No. 283623) is run by a board of Trustees independent of the PCC. It exists to maintain, preserve and improve the fabric, ornaments, furniture and monuments of the church. It is not itself a religious charity.


Become a Friend of St Bartholomew's

The Friends are an essential part of the Trust providing ongoing annual revenue, enabling the trustees to plan for future projects.
Click here to learn more.


Support us

You can make a donation to The Priory Church registered charity through the Charities Aid Foundation by clicking below:
Donate to the Church through CAFOnline


Stewardship

You can provide regular support to the Priory Church and its work by clicking this link and joining our Stewardship Scheme


Key Dates at the Priory Church in 2015


Sun 6 September Feast of Dedication of the Priory Church
Wed 9th September 20th Anniversary of Dr Dudley's Institution as Rector
Sun 13th September 10:00 Family Eucharists resume at St Bartholomew the Less
Sun 20th September Founder's Day
Sun 4th October Feast of Our Lady's Appearance to Canon Hubert
Sun 18th October S. Luke the Evangelist
Sun 1st November All Saints' Day
Sun 8th November Remembrance Sunday
Sun 29th November Advent Sunday
18:30 Advent Carol Service
Sun 6th December Advent II
18:30 Choral Evensong
Sun 13th December Advent III – Gaudete Sunday
18:30 Tomorrow I will come: Mid-Advent Carol Service
Tue 15th December Advent III
18:00 A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
Sun 20th December Advent IV
18:30 A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
Mon 21st December 18:00 A Ceremony of Carols
A sequence of readings and carols including Benjamin Britten's much-loved A Ceremony of Carols accompanied by harp
Tue 22nd December 13:00 Lunchtime Carol Service
18:00 A Star-Spangled Christmas – a Carol Service drawn from the Christmas music of North America
Wed 23rd December 18:00 Stille Nacht – a Carol Service drawn from the Christmas music and traditions of Germany
Wed 24rd December Christmas Eve
12:30 Vigil Mass in the Lady Chapel
23:45 Midnight Mass of the Nativity
Fri 25th December Christmas Day
09:00 Holy Communion
11:00 Solemn Eucharist with Procession to the Crib
Sun 27th December S. John, Apostle & Evangelist

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