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The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great
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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, also founded in 1123 as Chapel of the Holy Cross, 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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Concert: A Garland of Carols

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17th December 2017

The Third Sunday in Advent

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

10:00 Family Eucharist with Nativity Play & Carols in The Less
Preacher: Fr Gerard Moate, The Hospitaller
After this service, the Family Eucharist will be taking a holiday until 14th January.
Please join us in The Great for the Sunday of the Epiphany on 7th January.

11:00 Solemn Eucharist in The Great
with the lighting of the third candle of Advent
Preacher: Fr Jeremy Haselock
Readings: 1: Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11 E: 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24
G: John 1:6–8, 19–28
Setting: Missa brevis in E – Vann
Offertory Motet: There is a flow'r sprung of a tree – Vann

There will be refreshments available in the Cloister after the Solemn Eucharist
Please do come along!

18:30 A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
Adam lay y-bounden – Ledger
Out of your sleep – Rodney Bennett
A spotless rose – Howells
Bethlehem Down – Warlock
Nova! Nova! – Bob Chilcott
Hymn to the Virgin – Britten
Shepherd's pipe carol – John Rutter
My Lord has come – Will Todd
Make we joy now in this fest – Walton

After the carol service, there will be mulled wine and mince pies available in the Cloister for a very modest outlay. Please do come along and join in!

Click the readings to see the texts we will be using

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