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

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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 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 is the 25th Rector since the Reformation

The Policy of the Priory Church


28th June 2015 – Trinity IV
All services in St Bartholomew the Great
except where indicated


09:00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel

10:00 Family Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less

11:00 Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Sanctæ Margaretæ – Gabriel Jackson
At the Offertory: Tu es Petrus – Duruflé
Postlude: Nun Danket alle Gott – Karg-Elert

18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon of Ss. Peter & Paul & Benediction
Responses: Leighton
Canticles: The Second Service – Leighton
Anthem: Hymn to St Peter – Britten
At Benediction: O Salutaris & Tantum ergo – Fletcher
Postlude: Tu es Petrus – Mulet

Click here to see more details about these services

Christopher Green Our picture (above) of the church from the North Ambulatory by the remarkable artist Christopher Green has been framed, and is now in the Cloister Café near the piano. We are extremely grateful to the artist for having generously contributed much of the costs of the framing. The church now needs to raise the remaining costs. If you can contribute, no matter how much, please contact the Parish Office. More information about Christopher Green can be found by clicking this link

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New Page for Artworks in the Church

We've put up a new page on this website about the artworks contained in our churches. So far, there are just two sections there: one is about Aude Hérail Jäger's pictures, Enmeshed I and Enmeshed II, and the other is about Sophie Arquette's Colloquy. We will soon be adding sections regarding the other artworks in the Priory Church, so do check back.
You can jump to the Artworks page by clicking this link.

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Rahere Singers: Next Date

The Rahere Singers will be singing their next service of Choral Evensong at 18:30 on Sunday, 5th July. The music will be:

Responses: Ayleward
Canticles: Noble in A Minor
Anthem: O Thou the Central Orb – Wood
Antiphon: Salve Regina

If you feel you would benefit from a rehearsal before the day, this will be on Friday, 3rd July at 18:00 in the church.
The rehearsal on the day itself will be at 17:00 on Sunday, 5th July.

If you would like to join in, and if you would like an advance copy of the music,
please contact Zoë McMillan by emailing zoe.mcmillan51@gmail.com or call her on (020) 7638 1659.

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St Bartholomew is Back in Exquisite Pain

Exquisite Pain 2 – Damian Hirst Thanks to the very considerable generosity of Damien Hirst, one of the most outstanding artists of our time, his statue of St Bartholomew, known by the title Exquisite Pain is back in the church and will be with us for the next few years.

The first visit by one of these remarkable works saw it located at the end of the south aisle where the Sacrament Chapel is now situated. This time, the statue is in the South Transept at the foot of the steps up to the South Doors. The statue is unmissable in any case, but is double arresting now, because in this manifestation, it has been fully gilded . It grabs your attention even in dim light, and when the sun hits it, the effect is literally dazzling.

It is a very exciting and accomplished work of art and we are immensely fortunate to be able to exhibit it in the Priory Church once more. Our great thanks are due to the artist and to his very supportive team.

Click here for more information about Damien Hirst

Exquisite Pain 1 – Damian Hirst

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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 are with us now until July 3rd 2015 with two plays performed in rep under the umbrella title of The Death of Kings Season. The plays are 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. You can click on the thumbnail on the right below to see a larger version of the poster for the season.

The remaining dates are as follows:

Richard II
At 19:30 in July: 3

Edward ll
At 19:30 in July: 1, 2

Booking is available 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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A date for your diary: 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. We intend to mark this with a celebration of the life and work of the priests and people of the Priory Church over this period. We start with Choral Evensong in the church at 18:00, with the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the Very Revd Dr John Hall, preaching. (The Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey are the Patrons of the Living, and so very involved in the appointment of Rectors of the Priory Church.)
Everyone is very welcome to join us at Evensong.

This will be followed by a dinner held in Haberdashers' Hall, over the other side of the square. This will be a formal, ticketed event in evening dress (black tie), starting with a reception and continuing with a three-course dinner. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the very talented Harpist, Olivia Jageurs, who is familiar to us from having accompanied Britten's Ceremony of Carols in our special weekday carol service of the same name before Christmas.

If you would like to join us, you can click on this link to download a letter about all the anniversary events and
you can also click on this link to download the application form for the dinner.
Please either send the form to the Parish Office, or else scan and email it to administrator@greatstbarts.com

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Rector's Sabbatical

The Rector is currently on study sabbatical and will not be returning to active parish work until around the time of the Feast of St Bartholomew on 24th August 2015. His email address, for personal communications, is martin.dudley@btinternet.com. In the meantime, any matters of church business should be addressed to Ilaria at the Parish Office, administrator@greatstbarts.com.

The Revd Bill Wilson is remaining with us until the end of the sabbatical as Sub-Prior. He and Fr Mark are ensuring things run smoothly during this period. Fr Bill is usually in church on Wednesdays and Sundays, and Fr Mark on Thursday, Fridays, and Sundays. We are extremely grateful to Fr Bill for his support, and to Fr Mark for the additional responsibilities he has undertaken.

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Music Notes
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Music Notes for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity
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 July 2015
Church Diary for June 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 PARISH OF GREAT ST BARTHOLOMEW
Except where indicated, all events take place in the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great


Church Diary 29th to 4th – Week 13 Ordinary Time
Mon 29th Ss. Peter & Paul, Apostles
All DayWe regret that, for operational reasons, the Cloister Café will be closed today. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to be able to welcome you on another occasion.
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Edward II
Click here for more about Scena Mundi at the Priory Church
Click here to book tickets through Ticketsource
Click here for the Scena Mundi website
       
Tue 30th 08:30–18:00 The church will be closed for filming between these hours today. We apologize for any inconvenience if you were planning to visit us between these hours and hope that we will have opportunity to welcome you on another day. Please note, the Café will remain open throughout, and the building will open for those attending the Scena Mundi play in the evening by 18:00.
All DayWe regret that, for operational reasons, the Cloister Café will be closed today. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to be able to welcome you on another occasion. Please note, the Café will, however, open for the evening performance by Scena Mundi
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Edward II
Click here for more about Scena Mundi at the Priory Church
Click here to book tickets through Ticketsource
Click here for the Scena Mundi website
       
Wed 1st
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Edward II
Click here for more about Scena Mundi at the Priory Church
Click here to book tickets through Ticketsource
Click here for the Scena Mundi website
       
Thu 2nd
08:30 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
14:30 Memorial Service for Colin Black
organized by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists

Click here for more information about the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Edward II
Click here for more about Scena Mundi at the Priory Church
Click here to book tickets through Ticketsource
Click here for the Scena Mundi website
       
Fri 3rd
11:30 We welcome a group from BRIT Movie Tours
Click here for more information about BRIT Movie Tours
19:30 Scena Mundi – The Death of Kings Season: Richard II
Click here for more about Scena Mundi at the Priory Church
Click here to book tickets through Ticketsource
Click here for the Scena Mundi website
       
Sat 4th Today is Independence Day in the United States of America
We wish everyone celebrating this day a happy day of Freedom!
20:30 City of London Festival Concert:
Voces8: Lux
The programme includes:
      Thomas Tallis – O Nata Lux
      William Byrd – Haec Dies
      Ola Gjeilo – Ubi Caritas
      Sir John Tavener – Mother of God, Here I Stand
      Rihards Dubra – Ave Maria
      Benjamin Britten – Hymn to St Cecilia
      Heinrich Schutz – Die Himmel erzählen die Ihre Gottes
      Felix Mendelssohn – Denn er hat seinen Engeln
      Stefan Claas – Maria durch ein Dornwald ging – trad. German arr.
      Charles Villiers Stanford – Beati Quorum Via
      Walford Davies – God Be In My Head
      Robert Lucas Pearsall – Lay A Garland
      Gregorian Chant – Salve Regina
      Gregorio Allegri – Miserere Mei
Click here for more information about this concert and to book tickets
       

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Sunday, 5th 2015, Trinity V (Proper 9)
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Pastor
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
Celebrant: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Mass for Four Voices – Byrd
Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Pastor
At the Offertory: Sacerdotes Domini – Byrd
Postlude: Toccata – Mushel
13:00 Sidesmen's Lunch in the Cloister Café
18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon sung by the Rahere Singers
Responses: Ayleward
Canticles: Evening Service in A minor – Noble
Anthem: O Thou the Central Orb – Wood
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
Postlude: Dundee (from Seven Chorale Preludes) – Parry

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Church Diary 6th to 11th – Week 14 Ordinary Time
Mon 6th
       
Tue 7th
       
Wed 8th
       
Thu 9th
12:00 Wedding Blessing: Toda
20:30 Barts Chamber Choir Concert
The programme includes:
      Rutter – Requiem
      Rheinberger – Abendlied
      Tavener – Mother of God, Here I Stand
      Warlock – The Night
      Rodney Bennett – A Good Night
      Tavener – Svyati
      Sullivan – The Long Day Closes
      Brahms – Geistliches Lied
Click here for more information about this concert and to book tickets
       
Fri 10th
       
Sat 11th
       

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Sunday, 12th 2015, Trinity VI (Proper 10)
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Sub-Prior
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
Setting: Mass in G – Rheinberger
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
At the Offertory: Panis angelicus – Franck
Postlude: Marcia, from Symphonie III – Widor
16:30 We welcome a group from BRIT Movie Tours
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18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon
Responses: Ayleward
Canticles: Evening Service in A minor – Farrant
Anthem: Sing we merrily – Batten
Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Pastor
Postlude: A Fancy – Byrd

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Church Diary 13th to 18th – Week 15 Ordinary Time
Mon 13th
       
Tue 14th
       
Wed 15th
19:00 Meeting of the PCC of Great St Bartholomewin the Cloister Café
       
Thu 16th
08:30 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Fri 17th
       
Sat 18th
       

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Sunday, 19th 2015, Trinity VII (Proper 11)
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Pastor
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
Setting: Missa super Quand'io penso al martire – Lassus
Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Pastor
At the Offertory: Eripe me – Lassus
Postlude: Prelude & Fugue on a Theme of Victoria – Britten
18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon
Responses: Radcliffe
Canticles: Evening Service in E minor – Wood
Anthem: Glorious and Powerful God – Stanford
Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Pastor
Postlude: Prelude & Fugue in G BWV131a/b – Johann Sebastian Bach

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Church Diary 20th to 25th – Week 16 Ordinary Time
Mon 20th
       
Tue 21st
09:30 We welcome a visit from TAUCK London Walks Film Locations
Click here for more information about TAUCK London Walks Film Locations
       
Wed 22nd S. Mary Magdalene
08:30 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
11:00 Wedding Blessing: Tomoki Momozono & Mana Momozono
       
Thu 23rd
08:30 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Fri 24th
       
Sat 25th S. James, Apostle
Start of our Summer Programme
There will now be no weekday celebrations of Holy Communion until 24th August 2015 (Feast of S. Bartholomew). Also, the Family Eucharist takes a holiday until 6th September 2015
14:00 Wedding Blessing: Nobuhiko Inoue & Hitomi Inoue
       

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Sunday, 26th 2015, Trinity VIII (Proper 12)
Summer Programme
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 The Family Eucharist is now on holiday until after St Bartholomew's Day
11:00 Solemn Eucharist with Cantor in St Bartholomew the Less
Setting: Missa de Angelis
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
At the Offertory: The Call – Vaughan Williams
Postlude: Prelude & Fugue in G Minor BWV558 – Johann Sebastian Bach
16:30 We welcome a group from BRIT Movie Tours
Click here for more information about BRIT Movie Tours
18:30 Choral Evensong without Sermon in St Bartholomew the Great
Responses: Plainchant
Canticles: Magnificat Primi toni/Nunc Dimittis tertii toni – Palestrina
Anthem: Sicut cervus – Palestrina
Postlude: Præludium in D – Buxtehude

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Church Diary 27th to 31st – Week 17 Ordinary Time
Mon 27th
       
Tue 28th
       
Wed 29th
       
Thu 30th
08:30 There are NO weekday celebrations of Holy Communion during our Summer Programme. We regret any inconvenience this may cause, but ask for your understanding during the holiday season. Weekday celebrations will resume after August 24th, S. Bartholomew's Day
       
Fri 31st
       

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Family Eucharist

A Family Eucharist is held at St Bartholomew the Less most Sundays of the year at 10.00. 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
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


Mon 15th June 18:00 Special Parochial Church Meeting to elect Churchwardens & PCC Members for the Parish of Great St Bartholomew
in the Cloister Café
Sun 26th July Church Summer Programme begins:
No weekday Holy Communion
Family Eucharists take a holiday
Sunday Solemn Eucharist in the Lady Chapel
Reduced choral music
Mon 24th August The Feast of S. Bartholomew, Apostle
Church Summer Programme ends
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
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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