The High Altar of the Priory Church
The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great
Photo: Andrea Liu

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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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Visiting Great
St Bartholomew

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News & Announcements
Arrangements during the Interregum
& for a new Rector

Assistant Organist wanted
Private Tour of Highgate Cemetery 19th September
Christmas Fair (Lord Mayor’s Day) – 11/11/17
Stewardship Campaign

The Parish of Great St Bartholomew is now on its
summer programme until Monday, 21st August 2017.
There are no midweek Holy Eucharists
The Solemn Eucharist on a Sunday is held in The Less
and there are no sermons at Sunday Choral Evensong
Further details are in the Church Diary


20th August 2017


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

The 10:00 Family Eucharist is now
"on holiday" until 10th September 2017

11:00 Solemn Eucharist in The Less
Preacher: Fr Mark Young
Readings: 1: Isaiah 56:1,6–8 E: Romans 11:1–2a,29–32
G: Matthew 15:21–28
Setting: Missa Rosa Mystica Griesbacher
At the Offertory: A song of hope – Stanford

The Cloister Café in The Great is open
after the Solemn Eucharist for refreshments

18:30 Choral Evensong (without sermon) in The Great
Readings: 1: 2 Kings 4:1–37 2: Acts 16:1–15
Responses: Radcliffe
Canticles: Fauxbourdons – Rupert Gough
Anthem: May the grace of Christ – Brockless

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City Music Society lunchtime concerts