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Welcome to the website of the Priory Church

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 at least 1143. It is now an active Anglican/Episcopal Church and is located in that part of London known as The City.

The Smithfield area, which includes St Bartholomew's Hospital and Smithfield Market, is popular because of the large number of restaurants, bars and pubs both north and south of the Market. At the heart of it all is a church 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 substantially renovated and restored to its medieval plan as far as possible by Sir Aston Webb, his first major restoration project. Drawing on its nearly 900-year history, the Church is noted today for its wonderful architecture, traditional formal worship, marvellous music and intelligent preaching.

The area around the church 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, 230,000ft2 of office space, and 23,000ft2 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, as well as in many television programmes, including Richard II from the BBC's The Hollow Crown, and the BBC's Edwin Drood, and even in the T-Mobile Royal Wedding Advertisement, with more shows and films currently in post-production.

Aude Hérail Jäger: Enmeshed II


Enmeshed II by Aude Hérail Jäger is hanging in the Lady Chapel. Click the picture to see a larger representation of the image. More about pictures and artist can be found by clicking this link

The High Altar of the Priory Church

The Policy of the Priory Church

Thursday, 2nd April 2015

7:00pm Solemn Eucharist with Mandatum
at the High Altar followed by a
Watch in the Lady Chapel
Kyrie & Gloria: Missa Cum jubilo – Duruflé
Motet: Si iniquitates – Wesley
Passiontide, Holy Week & Easter 2015
All services in St Bartholomew the Great
except where indicated
Tue 31/03 Eucharists at 8:30am and 12:30pm
Wed 01/04 Eucharists at 8:30am and 12:30pm
Thu 02/04 Maundy Thursday
8:30am Eucharist(Said)
7:30pm Eucharist (Solemn) & Watch
Fri 03/04 Good Friday
11:30am Butterworth Charity
– in the Churchyard
Noon Solemn Liturgy of the Passion
7:00pm Tenebræ
Sat 04/04 Holy Saturday
9pm The Easter Vigil
Sun 05/04 Easter Day
Eucharists: 9am (Said); 10am (Family) – at the Less; 11am (Solemn)
6:30pm Solemn Easter Vespers

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


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Lent Appeal

In October 2014, members of the Congregation of St Bartholomew the Great were privileged to undertake a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. During their stay they visited the Jeelal-Amal Boys Home in Bethany and the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. They were deeply moved by all they learned of the amazing work being undertaken in both institutions under very difficult conditions.

The Jeelal-Amal Boys Home was founded in 1972 by two Christian Palestinians in the village of Bethany to the east of Jerusalem. Today there are 90 boys living in the Boys Home. Many are orphans or have endured terrible domestic problems. While there is little material wealth, the love and devotion of the staff are reflected in the perfect manners and sunny disposition of the children. In addition to the boys living in the home, 350 children also attend the day school and 35 staff are employed. Jeelal estimates that it costs £2,000 per year to keep a boy there. It was clear that the level of teaching and care given to these often vulnerable children is exceptional.

In the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the rate of blindness is ten times higher than in the West. St John of Jerusalem is the the only charitable provider of expert eye care in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. This is given at the main Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and other local units in the various areas of need. Sight-saving work is carried out to the highest international standards and is often delivered against very difficult and challenging odds. Without this service many would not seek treatment despite the risk of irreparable damage to their sight. All patients are treated regardless of ethnicity, religion or ability to pay.

This year, the PCC has decided our Lent Appeal will be shared by these two most worthy causes. Your contributions will bring much joy to many lives. Please give generously. Place contributions in a Gift Aid Envelope and write on the envelope Lent Appeal. Thank you.

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Holy Week and Easter 2015

We are now in Holy Week. On each of the first three days, there is a said Eucharist in the Lady Chapel at both 8:30am and 12:30pm.

Maundy Thursday is on 2nd April. Maundy comes from the Latin word Mandatum, which means commandment (we get the word mandate from it), the first word of Jesus's saying A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you. This is one of the things that he says after washing his disciples' feet, a moment re-enacted during our evening Solemn Eucharist at 7:30pm.
(There is also a said Eucharist at 8:30am in the Lady Chapel).

This is a wonderful and very moving service. It begins much like a normal Sunday Eucharist with the choir singing the Kyrie. Since Ash Wednesday we have heard no Gloria in the church at a Eucharist, but now the choir sings it, both coming from the thrilling Messe Cum jubilo by the French composer Maurice Duruflé. After that, the organ is switched off, and won't be heard again until the beginning of Easter has been announced in the Vigil on Saturday evening. The mood in the church changes from the boisterousness of the Gloria as we see the foot washing take place and the Last Supper takes central stage. We are back in the upper room where Jesus first takes bread and wine and gives them to his disciples: . At the end of the Communion, the Sacrament is taken to the Lady Chapel and put on the alter – referred to as the Altar of Repose – where it sits, painfully solitary and alone, just as Jesus prayed alone as his weary disciples slept unaware in the Garden of Gethsemane. If possible, member of the congregation are invited to spend at least some of the following hour keeping company there, whether five minutes or the whole hour. Brief meditations are offered from time to time to help us focus our thoughts. Finally, the candles are blown out, those still present leave, and the ciborium containing the Sacrament is left entirely alone to await Good Friday.

Full details of all the services from Ash Wednesday to Low Sunday (the Sunday after Easter Day) can be found by
clicking here to go to the Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week & Easter page

You can find the most up-to-date detailed information about these services by
clicking here to open a PDF version of our Lent to Easter 2015 Leaflet

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Enmeshed I & II: Pictures by Aude Hérail Jäger

Two pictures have been hung in the church recently that are especially appropriate for the season of Passiontide. Enmeshed I and Enmeshed II can be found (respectively) hung on the back of Prior Rahere's tomb and in the Lady Chapel near the chamber organ.

Aude Hérail Jäger: Enmeshed I Aude Hérail Jäger: Enmeshed I
Click either picture to see a larger version.

Aude Hérail Jäger was born in France. She has lived and worked in London since 1987. Aude studied at Central St-Martin's College of Art and Design and the Slade School of Fine Arts, and recently completed a post-graduate course at The Royal Drawing School. Aude is a sculptor, draughtsman and installation artist. She has been exhibiting in the UK and internationally. Recent exhibitions include ING Discerning Eye; UNEARTHED; from here to here, the geographical self; The London Group Centenary in Pitzhanger Manor; QUE DU PAPIER in Lieu d'Art Contemporain, Sigean, France; from David Bomberg to Paula Rego in Southampton City Arts Gallery. Aude is an elected member of The London Group and The Chelsea Arts Club. Her work is held in private collections here and abroad.

Aude writes about these pictures as follows:
  The subject matter of my artwork is boundlessness. One method I have used to explore boundlessness has been looking at its opposite in the series ENTRAPMENT and ENMESHED. The latter includes two large drawings Enmeshed I and Enmeshed II currently on loan at St-Bartholomew the Great.

ENMESHED illustrates human beings' interwoven-ness with each other and/or their story. The biblical theme of the Lamentation has fascinated me for some years. In ordinary circumstances the group surrounding Christ would argue, plot, come together, fight, shout, laugh, etc. The Lamentation is the one moment when everyone and everything comes to a still-stand around the dead Christ. The figures become welded together and their cluster is the embodiment of grief.

The Lamentation theme also exemplifies another form of enmeshment, that between people who picked a scapegoat among them and the victim who offered himself to them. They are now grief stricken; yet they murdered him.

Both drawings also encompass recurrent themes in my work, such as the family and the theme of descending-ascending. In addition they are based on a new working method, which uses observational drawing in National Museums to extract particular aspects from Old Masters' work, which are then appropriated and transformed in large-scale drawings in the studio.

More information about Aude Hérail Jäger and her work can be found by clicking on this link

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Little Spaniel Theatre is now Scena Mundi: The Death of Kings Season

The Little Spaniel Theatre Company has changed its name, and is now Scena Mundi. The company, which specializes in classical theatre, has now been resident at the Priory Church for over a year. They will be back with us from May 8th to July 3rd 2015 with two plays performed in rep under the umbrella title of The Death of Kings Season. The plays will be Shakespeare's Richard II and Marlowe's Edward II, two accounts of the tragedy of power and the conflict between the private drama of the ruler and the public drama of state affairs. Two monarchs whose private passions get in the way of their political duty, Marlowe's Edward II and Shakespeare's Richard II lose their crowns at the hands of ambitious rivals. A reflection on the tragic fate of falling rulers, the season will find a contemporary echo in our year of general election. You can click on the thumbnail on the right below to see a larger version of the poster for the season.

The dates are as follows:

Richard II
At 7.30pm in May: 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 28, 29; in June: 1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 24; in July: 3
At 2:30pm in May: 16; in June: 13, 20
Schools Matinées at 12:30pm in May: 20, 25; in June: 3, 17

Edward ll
At 7.30pm in May: 15, 16, 19, 21, 26, 30; in June: 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29, 30; in July: 1, 2
At 2:30pm in May: 23, 30; in June: 6
Schools Matinées at 12:30pm in May: 27; in June: 10, 25; in July: 1

Booking is open now on Ticket Source at: www.scenamundi.ticketsource.co.uk or via the Scena Mundi website.
Scena Mundi
The Death of Kings Series

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Annual Parochial Church Meeting, Election of Churchwardens, PCC Elections

In something of an innovation this year, all of these events will be taking place after the Solemn Eucharist on Sunday, 26th April 2015 in the Lady Chapel. Dr. Martin Dudley, the Rector, will be back in London for a brief period around that date, and so will be in the chair for these events. More details will be posted here in due course. If you have been thinking of putting yourself up for election, you might like to decide in the weeks ahead whether definitely to do so. Nomination forms will be available nearer the time.

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Director of Music

Our Director of Music, Nigel Short will sadly be leaving us later this year. The process of appointing a new Director is therefore under way. We are grateful to Nicholas Riddle for stepping in as Director on a number of occasions recently, and he will be doing the same over the coming months whenever Nigel has to be away.

We know the congregation and our visitors have warmly appreciated Nigel's work at the Priory Church over the past years, and will be extremely sorry to see him go. We are extremely grateful to him for the wonderful music that we have experienced under his leadership.

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Rector's Sabbatical

The Rector is currently on study sabbatical in Finland. His email address, for personal communications, is martin.dudley@helsinki.fi. In the meantime, any matters of church business should be addressed to Ilaria at the Parish Office, administrator@greatstbarts.com.

The Revd Bill Wilson has joined us for the duration of this sabbatical with the title of Sub-Prior. He is working with Fr Mark to ensure the smooth running of the church during this period. Fr Bill is usually in church on Wednesdays and Sundays, and Fr Mark on Thursday, Fridays, and Sundays.

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Music Notes
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Music Notes for Lent V: Passion Sunday
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 March 2015
Church Diary for February 2015
For the diaries for earlier months, please click here to go to our archive page

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DAY BY DAY IN THE PRIORY CHURCH


Church Diary 30th to 31st Holy Week
Mon 30th Monday in Holy Week
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
12:30pm Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Tue 31st Tuesday in Holy Week
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
12:30pm Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Wed 1st Wednesday in Holy Week
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
12:30pm Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Thu 2nd Maundy Thursday
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
7:30pm Solemn Eucharist with Mandatum and Watch in the Lady Chapel
Kyrie & Gloria: Missa Cum jubilo – Duruflé
Motet: Si iniquitates – Wesley
Chant
       
Fri 3rd Good Friday
All DayThe Cloister Café is closed on Good Friday
11:30am The Butterworth Charity in the Churchyard
Noon The Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord
The PassionVictoria
ReproachesVictoria
Motet: Crux fidelis – King John of Portugal
Motet: Christus factus est – Bruckner
7:00pm Tenebræ
ResponsoriesVictoria
Motet: Christus factus est – Bruckner
       
Sat 4th Holy Saturday Easter Eve
9:00pm The Easter Vigil
Gloria: Missa brevis – Kodaly
Like as the hart – Howells
Victimae paschali laudes – Victoria
Te Deum – Elgar
Voluntary: Prelude and Fugue in B major – Dupré
       

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Sunday, 5th 2015, EASTER DAY
The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
9:30am–6:30pm Cloister Café open
10:00am Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less followed by an Easter Egg Hunt
11:00am Solemn Eucharist of Easter, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt
Setting: Krönungsmesse – Mozart
At the Offertory: Hæc dies – Byrd
Voluntary: Litanies – Alain
6:30pm Solemn Easter Vespers
Kyrie: from Missa Papæ Marcelli – Palestrina
Magnificat: Octavi toni – Morales
Sequence: Victimæ Paschali laudes – Victoria
Motet: Hæc dies – Byrd
Antiphon: Regina Cæli – Victoria
Voluntary: Choral-Improvisation sur le Victimæ Paschali – Tournemire

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Church Diary 6th to 11th
Mon 6th Monday in Easter Week
Today is a Bank Holiday in the UK
We wish everyone on holiday today a very special day
10:00am–4:00pm – Please note special opening hours today
10:00am–4:00pm – Please note special opening hours today
       
Tue 7th Tuesday in Easter Week
10:00am–4:00pm – Please note special opening hours today
10:00am–4:00pm – Please note special opening hours today
       
Wed 8th Wednesday in Easter Week
7:00pm PCC Meeting in the Cloister
       
Thu 9th Thursday in Easter Week
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Fri 10th Friday in Easter Week
       
Sat 11th Saturday in Easter Week
       

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Sunday, 12th 2015, Second Sunday of Easter – Low Sunday
The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
9:30am–6:30pm Cloister Café open
10:00am Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00am Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Sancti Nicolai – Haydn
At the Offertory: Rise heart – Vaughan Williams
6:30pm Choral Evensong & Sermon
Canticles: Evening Service in C – Kelly
Anthem: Regina Cæli – Aichinger

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Church Diary 13th to 18th
Mon 13th
       
Tue 14th
       
Wed 15th
       
Thu 16th
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Fri 17th
       
Sat 18th
       

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Sunday, 19th 2015, Third Sunday of Easter
The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
9:30am–6:30pm Cloister Café open
10:00am Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00am Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Bell' Amfitrit' altera – Lassus
At the Offertory: Simile est regnum – Morales
6:30pm Choral Evensong & Sermon
Canticles: Collegium Regale – Howells
Anthem: Cantate Domino – Pärt

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Church Diary 20th to 25th
Mon 20th
       
Tue 21st
       
Wed 22nd
       
Thu 23rd
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Fri 24th
       
Sat 25th
       

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Sunday, 26th 2015, Fourth Sunday of Easter
The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
9:30am–6:30pm Cloister Café open
10:00am Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00am Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Trahe me post te – Victoria
At the Offertory: Surrexit pastor bonus – Victoria
6:30pm Choral Evensong & Sermon
Canticles: Evening Service in F minor – Gray
Anthem: Sing joyfully – Byrd

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Church Diary 27th to 30th – Week XX Ordinary Time
Mon 27th
       
Tue 28th
       
Wed 29th
       
Thu 30th
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       

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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 note: there is no Family Eucharist at the Less on Palm Sunday, 29th March 2015. Instead, everyone is invited to join us at the Less for the Blessing of Palms, Procession to the Great, and Solemn Eucharist of Palm Sunday.
Please click on this link for more details


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


* Music Sales Ltd, Music Publishers
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* 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.
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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 29th March Palm Sunday
Thu 2nd April Maundy Thursday
7:30pm Solemn Eucharist with Mandatum and Watch
Fri 3rd April Good Friday
11:30am Butterworth Charity
12:00 Noon Liturgy of the Passion
7:00pm Tenebræ
Sat 4th April Holy Saturday
9:00pm Easter Vigil
Sun 5th April Easter Day
Sun 26th April 11:00am The Rector celebrates the Solemn Eucharist with Fr Bill & Fr Mark followed by the Election of Churchwardens, Annual Meeting, and PCC Elections
Thu 14th May Ascension Day
Sun 17th May Sunday of the Ascension of the Lord
Sun 24th May Pentecost: Whitsunday
Sun 31th May Trinity Sunday
Thu 4th June Corpus et Sanguinis Christi
Sun 7th June The Sunday of Corpus et Sanguinis Christi
Sun 14th June Rector's Sabbatical ends
Mon 24th August The Feast of S. Bartholomew, Apostle
Sun 30th August Observance of S. Bartholomew, Apostle:
Feast of Title
Sun 6th September Feast of Dedication of the Priory Church
Fri 9th September 20th Anniversary of Dr Dudley's Institution as Rector
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
Fri 25th December Christmas Day
Sun 27th December S. John, Apostle & Evangelist

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