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

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St Bartholomew the Great is the oldest church in London, founded in 1123 as an Augustinian monastery. Now a parish church, it is home to a thriving congregation as well as being a destination for visitors from all over the world, and is used extensively by film and TV companies.
St Bartholomew the Less was also founded in 1123 as Chapel of the Holy Cross, and moved to its present site inside the hospital gates in 1184. It was called the Less to distinguish it from its larger neighbour.

The Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less
The Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less

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Whatever your reason for visiting us, you are most welcome here. Whether it is to do with prayer, participation in the sacraments, or any other spiritual need, or you like to look around ancient buildings, find our history intriguing, want to see where so many major films and TV programmes have been shot, or have any other interest, we want you to feel completely at home with us. For those who come to partake of the sacrament, all are welcome to receive it, irrespective of the rules laid down by other parts of the Christian Church.
We are an inclusive church. There is no discrimination here on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, sexual orientation or social class.

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Christmas Fair (Lord Mayor’s Day) – 11/11/17

28th May 2017
Sunday of the Ascension


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09:00 Holy Eucharist
in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
Celebrant & Preacher: Fr Jeremy Davies

10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in The Less
Celebrant & Preacher: Fr Jeremy Davies

11:00 Solemn Eucharist with Holy Baptism
at the High Altar of The Great
Celebrant: Fr Bill Wilson
Address: Director of Music Rupert Gough & Fr Jeremy Davies
Readings: 1: Acts 1:1-11; E: Ephesians 1:15-23; G: Luke 24:44-53
Setting: Missa Brevis – Kodaly
At the Offertory: Ascendit Deus – Philips
Postlude: Ita missa est – Kodaly

The Cloister Café is open after the Solemn Eucharist for refreshments

18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon
in St Bartholomew the Great
Address: PCC Member Ruth Gibbs & Fr Peter Delaney
Readings: 1: Revelation 5; 2: Matthew 28:16-20;
Responses: Clucas
Canticles: Magnificat – Finzi & Nunc Dimittis – Holst
Anthem: God is gone up – Finzi
Postlude: Pæan – Leighton

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