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The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great  
West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS  
Tel: +44 (0)20 7600 0440  
Email: administrator@greatstbarts.com  

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

The Smithfield area, which includes St Bartholomew's Hospital and Smithfield Market, contains a large number of restaurants, bars & pubs. At its heart is a church built when Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, was King. It survived the Great Fire of 1666 and both World Wars unscathed.

Today the Church is noted for its wonderful architecture, traditional formal worship, marvellous music and intelligent preaching. It has appeared in many films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Amazing Grace, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and The Other Boleyn Girl, as well as in many television programmes, including The Hollow Crown.



The Revd Martin Dudley BD MSc MTh PhD DArts FSA FRHistS AKC is the 25th Rector since the Reformation.

The Quire of the Priory Church.


 


The Financial Times
recommends our Cloister Café:
"...probably among the nicest in England."
Click here to read the article
Siobhan Wall also mentions the Café in
Quiet London
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A VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE

On Tuesday, 21st October 2014, a group of people, led by our clergy, is leaving to go on pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Between now and their return on 30th October, those who are not travelling can join in a virtual pilgrimage. Until 21st October, we will post photographs taken by the Rector on earlier trips to Israel, and then we will post daily news from the pilgrims.

You can also visit a cumulative gallery of these pictures by clicking this text.

21 days to go...

Pilgrimage Photos

At the rear of the Aedicule is a tiny little chapel belong to the Coptic Community. Most of the liturgy goes on in the passageway, with occasional visitors wandering through. Here a Coptic bishop presides at the liturgy on a Sunday morning.


The S. John Eye Hospital

The Order of S. John, headquartered in Clerkenwell, is responsible for the excellent facilities of an eye hospital in East Jerusalem which will be visited by your pilgrims. The Hospitaller of the Order, Nicholas Woolf, is married to the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor, Fiona Woolf. Over the next three Sundays, 5, 12 & 19 October, we will be holding a retiring collection for the Eye Hospital and the cheque will be presented in Jerusalem on Friday, 24 October.

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Pilgrimage to Westminster Abbey

Join the Rector in walking from Saint Bartholomew the Great to the Shrine of King Edward the Confessor at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, October 18th as part of our Holy Year. We depart at 9:00am and arrive at the Abbey at about 9:45am. We will be able to visit the Shrine and join the Festival Eucharist at 11:30am, when the Bishop of Oxford will be the preacher. Pilgrims are free to join activities in the Abbey and to stay for Evensong with Procession at 3:00pm or to leave at any time after the Eucharist.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ongoing Items

Click here to see information about the installation of Sophie Arkette's Colloquy in the Priory Church

Pilgrimage to Jerusalem 2014: There is still space and time for a few more to join those going on this pilgrimage. It is going to take place 21st–30th October 2014. Full details can be found by clicking the link below. If you require any further information, please speak to the Rector after a service, or else call him or email him at the parish office.
Click here to see information about the Pilgrimage to Jerusalem in October 2014


Current Announcements

Job Advertisement: WEEKEND VERGER

The PCC wishes to appoint a non-resident verger & doorkeeper working 18 hours over Saturday & Sunday.
Duties include setting up for services, serving, assisting at weddings, and welcoming visitors. Starting salary £8,000
Further details from and applications (by 8th October, 2014) to administrator@greatstbarts.com

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Founder's Dinner at Founders' Hall

The annual dinner this year in honour of our Founder, Prior Rahere, took place on Tuesday, 23rd September.
Ilaria De Virgiliis, our Administrator, took some photographs. You can see a small gallery of them by clicking this text.

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Rahere Singers: Two Future Service Dates

The next Rahere Singers Evensong will be on 5th October 2014 at 6:30pm. The repertoire will be as follows:
Responses: Smith
Psalm: 136
Canticles: Evening Service in D – Brewer
Anthem: Cantique de Jean Racine – Fauré
Antiphon: Salve Regina – Chant

The prior (!) rehearsals will take place on Friday, 26th September at 6:00pm and on Friday, 3rd October, also at 6:00pm.

As usual, if you would like to join in, please contact Zoë McMillan by
emailing zoe.mcmillan@btinternet.com or call her on (020) 7638 1659


Looking a little further ahead, the Rahere Singers are invited to take part in a special kind of carol service on the evening of Advent III, which is December 14th this year. This service will involve both the Rahere Singers and the Priory Church Choir. It will be a special sequence of music taking us from Advent to Christmas using the great O Antiphons as its underlying structure. These are ordinarily sung at Vespers on the seven days preceding Christmas. If you would like to take part, please put the date in your diary. The prior rehearsals are currently planned for Friday, 28th November and Friday, 12th December. However, these are provisional rehearsal dates, and the location is likely to be S. Bartholomew the Less, because of wall-to-wall pre-Christmas events in the Great.

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Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

The web page showing our programme from late November 2014 to the Feast of the Epiphany 2015, including the current details for all our Advent & Christmas events such as carol services and concerts, has now been updated. Autumn has begun, and this is the time when people start to make plans for what they will do around the end of the year.
You can reach the page by clicking on this text or by using the Services/Christmas menu at the top of this home page.

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Casa Margarita Casa Margarita Casa Margarita at the Priory Church

Casa Margarita will be performing at the Priory Church
on 23rd October, 2014 at 7:30pm.
Tickets are £15/£12 (or £14/£11 with discounts)
Group discounts also available.
Please call +44 (0)773 344 8279 to arrange these.

Casa Margarita have individually worked with: Jonny Dankworth, Cleo Lane, Kiri te Kanawa, Lesley Garrett, LSO, Sadlers Wells, Boyzone, Tom Jones, English National, Opera, John Williams. They have toured the world, performed at the Purcell Room, the Cadogan Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Wigmore Hall. They have also appeared on radio and individually released many CDs.

Click on the pictures on either side to see them full size

Click here for more information about this fabulous music show
with details of performers and musicians

Click here to purchase on-line tickets for this show

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Music Notes
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Music Notes for the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity
Click here for the Music Notes Archive 2013/2014

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 October 2014
Church Diary for September 2014
For the diaries for earlier months, please click here to go to our archive page

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Church Diary 29th to 30th – Week 26 Ordinary Time
Mon 29th S. Michael and All Angels
       
Tue 30th S. Jerome
10:00am We welcome a guided tour by London Walks
Click here for more information about London Walks
       
Wed 1st S. Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, Apostle of the Franks, 533
       
Thu 2nd The Church and the Cloister Café will be closed all day today while filming is going on in the building. If you were planning to visit us this day, we apologize for any inconvenience and hope that we can welcome you on another occasion
8:30am Because the church has to be closed today, there will be no 8:30am Communion Service this morning. We apologize for any inconvenience.
       
Fri 3rd Heute ist der Tag der deutschen Einheit
Wir wünschen allen unseren Freunden und Freundinnen in Deutchland einen sehr schönen Tag
Today is the Day of German Unity
We wish all our friends in Germany a very happy day

The Church and the Cloister Café will be closed until 2pm today while filming is going on in the building. If you were planning to visit us this morning, we apologize for any inconvenience and hope that we can welcome you on another occasion
2:00pm–5:00pmNB Please note special opening times today
2:00pm–5:00pm
NB Please note special opening times today
6:00pm Rehearsal of the Rahere Singers for Evensong on Sunday, 5th October
       
Sat 4th S. Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226
2:00pm Wedding of Alex Vazquez Iglesias & Laila Al-Minyawi
3:30pm Wedding of Dominic Emery & Marie Richards
       

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Sunday, 5th 2014, Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
9:30am–6:30pm Cloister Café open
10:00am Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
Celebrant: The Revd Mark Young, The Pastor
11:00am Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Brevis in F, K.192 – Mozart
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
At the Offertory: Ave verum corpus – Mozart
Voluntary: Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV 534 – Johann Sebastian Bach
6:30pm Choral Evensong, (sung by the Rahere Singers, directed by Nigel Short) & Sermon
Canticles: Evening Service in D – Brewer
Anthem: Cantique de Jean Racine – Fauré
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
Voluntary: Prélude – Pierné

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Church Diary 6th to 11th – Week 27 Ordinary Time
Mon 6th S. Bruno, founder of the Carthusians, 1101
       
Tue 7th
       
Wed 8th
2:00pm We welcome a visit by a group from City Lit
Click here for more information about City Lit
       
Thu 9th
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
5:30pm Installation of the Master Public Relations Practitioner & Guild Thanksgiving Service
Click here for more information about the Guild of Public Relations Practitioners
       
Fri 10th S. Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644
       
Sat 11th S. Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675
S. James the Deacon, companion of Paulinus, 7th century
11:00am Marriage Blessing: Akiba
3:15pm Service for the League of S. Bartholomew's Nurses
Click here for more information about the League of St Bartholomew's Nurses
       

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Sunday, 12th 2014, The Appearance of Our Lady to Canon Hubert
The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
9:30am–6:30pm Cloister Café open
10:00am Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
Celebrant: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
11:00am Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Ave maris stella – Victoria
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
At the Offertory: Ave maris stella – Grieg
Voluntary: Prelude in C minor, BWV 546 – Johann Sebastian Bach
6:30pm Choral Evensong, Sermon & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Canticles: Evening Service – Burgon
Anthem: Ave Maria – Brahms
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
At Benediction: O salutaris & Tantum ergo – Chant & Fauré
Voluntary: Cantilène – Pierné

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Church Diary 13th to 18th – Week 28 Ordinary Time
Mon 13th Translation of S. Edward the Confessor, King of England, 1066
       
Tue 14th
10:00am We welcome a guided tour by London Walks
Click here for more information about London Walks
11:30am Harvest Festival Service of the Worshipful Company of Farmers
Click here for more information about the Worshipful Company of Farmers
5:00pm Information Technologists' Company Installation Service
Click here for more information about the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
       
Wed 15th S. Teresa of Avila, Teacher of the Faith, 1582
11:45am We welcome a guided tour led by Sir David Milman
6:00pm Evensong for the Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks
Click here for more information about the Worshipful Company of Pafrish Clerks
       
Thu 16th
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Fri 17th S. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107
11:00am Memorial Service for Owen Ferris
       
Sat 18th S. Luke the Evangelist
9:00am Pilgrimage to the Shrine of King Edward the Confessor, Westminster Abbey
Depart from S. Bartholomew the Great at 9:00am to walk to the Abbey
       

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Sunday, 19th 2014, Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity
The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
9:30am–6:30pm Cloister Café open
10:00am Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
Celebrant: The Revd Mark Young, The Pastor
11:00am Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Brevis – Berkeley
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
At the Offertory: Domine Dominus noster – Lassus
Voluntary: Toccata alla Rumba – Planyavsky
12:30pm Holy Baptism of Quintus Vero
6:30pm Choral Evensong & Sermon
Canticles: Evening Service in D – Wood
Anthem: O thou, the central orb – Wood
Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Pastor
Voluntary: Scherzo – Pierné

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Church Diary 20th to 25th – Week 29 Ordinary Time
Mon 20th
4:00pm–6:00pm Murder in the Cathedral Press Event
       
Tue 21st The Parish Pilgrims depart for the Holy Land later today
6:00pm S.Lukestide Service for the School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary University
Click here for more information about the School of Medicine & Dentistry
       
Wed 22nd
9:15am We welcome a group from Martin Randall Travel Ltd
Click here for more information about Martin Randall Travel Ltd
       
Thu 23rd
8:30am Because of the pilgrimage to the Holy Land, there will be no Holy Communion today
11:00am Memorial Service for John Fixen
Casa Margarita Casa Margarita 7:30pm Casa Margarita

Tickets: £15/£12 (or £14/£11 with discounts)
Group discounts also available.
Please call +44 (0)773 344 8279 to arrange these.

Casa Margarita have individually worked with: Jonny Dankworth, Cleo Lane, Kiri te Kanawa, Lesley Garrett, LSO, Sadlers Wells, Boyzone, Tom Jones, English National, Opera, John Williams. They have toured the world, performed at the Purcell Room, the Cadogan Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Wigmore Hall. They have also appeared on radio and individually released many CDs.

Click here for more information about this fabulous music show
with details of performers and musicians


Click here to purchase on-line tickets for this show
       
Fri 24th
       
Sat 25th Translation of the Relics of S. Bartholomew, Apostle
       

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Sunday, 26th 2014, Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity
The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd George Bush
9:30am–6:30pm Cloister Café open
10:00am Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00am Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Amor ecco colei – Lassus
Preacher: The Revd George Bush
At the Offertory: If ye love me – Tallis
Voluntary: Præludium in E – Lübeck
6:30pm Choral Evensong
As the Parish clergy are on pilgimage in the Holy Land, there will be no sermon this evening
Canticles: Magnificat – Buxtehude — Nunc Dimittis – Byrd
Anthem: Lauda Sion – Victoria
Voluntary: Walsingham – Byrd

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Church Diary 27th to 31st – Week 30 Ordinary Time
Mon 27th
       
Tue 28th Ss. Simon and Jude, Apostles
11:00am We welcome a guided tour by London Walks
Click here for more information about London Walks
       
Wed 29th
       
Thu 30th The Parish Pilgrims return from the Holy Land later today
8:30am Because of the pilgrimage to the Holy Land, there will be no Holy Communion today
       
Fri 31st
       

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Family Eucharist

A Family Eucharist is held at St Bartholomew the Less most Sundays of the year at 10.00am.
Please click on this link for more details


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


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


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


* 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


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


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.


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 2014


12th October Feast of Our Lady's Appearance to Canon Hubert
21st October Start of Pilgrimage to Jerusalem
2nd November Sunday of All Saints
9th November Remembrance Sunday
30th November Advent Sunday
7th December Advent II – 6:30pm: Advent Carol Service
14th December Advent III – 6:30pm: Tomorrow I will come
From Advent to Christmas Carol Service
16th December Tuesday – 6:00pm: Nine Lessons & Carols I
21st December Advent IV – 6:30pm: Nine Lessons & Carols II
22nd December Monday – 6:00pm: Carol Service, including
The Ceremony of Carols – Benjamin Britten
23rd December Tuesday – 1:00pm: Lunchtime Carol Service

Tuesday – 6:00pm: Silent Night
Carol service with music from the great German Christmas tradition
24th December Christmas Eve – 11:45pm: Midnight Mass
25th December Christmas Day
which falls on a Thursday in 2014
11:00am: Solemn Eucharist of Christmas Day
28th December Holy Innocents

Key Dates at the Priory Church in 2015


4th January The Sunday of the Epiphany
6:30pm: Epiphany Carol Service
6th January The Epiphany
1th February The Sunday of Candlemass
2th February Candlemass: Presentation of Christ in the Temple
18th February Ash Wednesday
15th March Mothering Sunday
29th March Palm Sunday
2nd April Maundy Thursday
3rd April Good Friday
4th April Holy Saturday
5th April Easter Day
14th May Ascension Day
17th May Sunday of the Ascension of the Lord
24th May Pentecost: Whitsunday
31th May Trinity Sunday
4th June Corpus Christi
7th June The Sunday of Corpus Christi
23rd August Patronal Festival
24th August S. Bartholomew's Day
30th August Feast of Dedication
21st September Founder's Day
18th October S. Luke the Evangelist
1st November All Saints' Day
8th November Remembrance Sunday
29th November Advent Sunday
25th December Christmas Day
which falls on a Friday in 2015
27th December S. John, Apostle & Evangelist

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