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Welcome to the website of the Priory Church


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 now an 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, 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 as well as coming through both World Wars unscathed. 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.

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 Richard II from the BBC's The Hollow Crown.

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

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A VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE

Today, Tuesday, 21st October 2014, a group of people, led by our clergy, has left 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 they departed, we were posting photographs here taken by the Rector on earlier trips to Israel, and you can visit a cumulative gallery of these pictures by clicking this text.. Over the period of the pilgrimage, we will be posting news and photographs below sent back by the pilgrims.
You can follow the pilgrims on the story of their journey by clicking on this text

Day 1

Pilgrimage Photos

Pilgrimage Photos

Pilgrims at the airport, about to depart for Jerusalem


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. This will be visited by your pilgrims in Jerusalem on Friday, 24 October, when a cheque for the sum collected at our services over the past three weeks will be presented to them.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Church on Film and Television

The Priory Church has been used extensively over the years by film and television companies. On the Church menu on this website there is a sub-section called The Church in Films and this has just been updated to give a longer list of films, television programmes, and commercials, especially those that have been made more recently in the building. Each has a little gallery of stills from the production.
As well as using the Church menu above, you can reach the Films page by clicking on this text

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Rahere Singers: A Carol Service to lead us from Advent to Christmas

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.

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

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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, includes the details of all our Advent & Christmas events such as carol services and concerts. Autumn is well under way, and this is the time many people make plans for what they will do around the end of the year.
You can reach the page by clicking 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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If you would like to receive the Newsletter including the Music Notes each week, please enter your email address in the box provided in the right hand column at the top of this home page (click here to go there now).

Music Notes for the Eighteenth 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 20th to 25th – Week 29 Ordinary Time
Mon 20th
4:00pm–6:00pm
Little Spaniel Theatre: Everyman
In the Lady Chapel: Little Spaniel Theatre Press Event to announce the details of their residency at the Priory Church
6:00pm–7:30pm In the Lady Chapel: Launch of the Little Spaniel Theatre's crowdfunding campaign for their forthcoming production of Everyman at the Priory Church
       
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 Fixsen
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
BRITISH SUMMERTIME ENDS AT 2:00AM THIS MORNING
WHEN THE CLOCKS GO BACK ONE HOUR

The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel – NB Back to GMT this morning!
Preacher: The Revd George Bush
9:30am–6:30pm Cloister Café open – NB Back to GMT this morning!
10:00am Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less – NB Back to GMT this morning!
11:00am Solemn Eucharist – NB Back to GMT this morning!
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 – NB Back to GMT this morning!
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 ALL DAY The church will be closed all day today for a photoshoot. However, the Cloister Café will remain open as usual. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause if you were planning to visit us today, and hope that we can welcome you on another occasion instead.
       
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
       
Sat 1st All Saints' Day
       

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Sunday, 2nd 2014, The Sunday of All Saints
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 Gaudeamus – Victoria
At the Offertory: Gaudeamus omnes – Byrd
Voluntary: Placare Christe servulis – Dupré
6:30pm Choral Evensong & Sermon
Introit: Gaudeamus omnes – Chant
Canticles: Collegium Regale – Wood
Anthem: O how glorious – Harwood
Voluntary: Fantasia & Fugue in G major – Parry

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Church Diary 3rd to 8th – Week XX Ordinary Time
Mon 3rd
       
Tue 4th S. Martin of Porres, Friar, 1639
       
Wed 5th
       
Thu 6th S. Leonard, Hermit, 6th century
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Fri 7th S. Willibrord of York, Bishop, Apostle of Frisia, 739
       
Sat 8th
       

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Sunday, 9th 2014, Remembrance 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
10:55am
Please note time
Act of Remembrance, Solemn Requiem, & Procession to the War Memorial
Setting: Requiem – Duruflé
At the Offertory: Greater love hath no man – Ireland
Voluntary: Fugue sur le nom d'Alain – Duruflé
6:30pm Choral Evensong & Sermon
Canticles: Evening Service in E – Wesley
Anthem: Lo, the full final sacrifice – Finzi
Voluntary: Elegy – Thalben-Ball

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Church Diary 10th to 15th – Week XX Ordinary Time
Mon 10th S. Leo the Great, Pope, Teacher of the Faith, 461
       
Tue 11th S. Martin, Bishop of Tours, c.397
       
Wed 12th
       
Thu 13th
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Fri 14th
       
Sat 15th
       

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Sunday, 16th 2014, The Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity
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: Out of the deep – Morley
Voluntary: Passacaglia in D minor BuxWV 161 – Buxtehude
6:30pm Choral Evensong, Sermon & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Canticles: Evening Service – Bowerman
Anthem: Greater love – Bowerman
At Benediction: O salutaris & Tantum ergo – Fletcher
Voluntary: Organ Sonata in G major, 1st Movt. – Elgar

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Church Diary 17th to 22nd – Week XX Ordinary Time
Mon 17th S. Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200
       
Tue 18th
       
Wed 19th
       
Thu 20th
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Fri 21st
       
Sat 22nd
       

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Sunday, 23rd 2014, Christ the Universal King: Last Sunday after Trinity
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 Procession with Laudes Regiæ & Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Brevis – Walton
At the Offertory: Gloria laus – Perez
Voluntary: Toccata on Hanover – Leighton
6:30pm Laudes Regiæ, Choral Evensong & Sermon
Canticles: Hatfield Service – Roth
Anthem: Herr, unser Herrscher – Staden
Voluntary: Præludium in C BuxWv 137 – Buxtehude

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Church Diary 24th to 29th – Week XX Ordinary Time
Mon 24th
       
Tue 25th
       
Wed 26th
       
Thu 27th
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Fri 28th
       
Sat 29th
       

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Sunday, 30th 2014, Advent 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: Mass in the Dorian Mode – Howells
At the Offertory: Prepare ye the way – Wise
Voluntary: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland BWV 661 – Johann Sebastian Bach
6:30pm Choral Evensong & Sermon
Canticles: First Service – Tomkins
Anthem: Ad te levavi – White
Voluntary: Fancy in D minor – Byrd

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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


21st October Start of Pilgrimage to Jerusalem
30th October Pilgrims return from 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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