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Welcome to the website of the Parish of Great St Bartholomew

The High Altar of the Priory Church The Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less
The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great
Photo: Anthony Harbison
The Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less

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 Parish Church is St Bartholomew the Great, while St Bartholomew the Less is what is known as a Chapel of Ease – this means it is a church provided primarily for the convenience of those close to it, in this case especially those working or present as patients in the hospital.


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 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 was the 25th Rector of St Bartholomew the Great since the Reformation
and is the 1st Rector of Great St Bartholomew

The Policy of the Priory Church

NEXT SUNDAY IN GREAT ST BARTHOLOMEW

Sunday, 29th May 2016
Sunday of Corpus et Sanguinis Christi

09:00 Holy Eucharist
in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Sacrist

10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns
in 'The Less'
Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller

11:00 Solemn Eucharist
Procession of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction

at the High Altar of 'The Great'
Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Sacrist
Setting: Missa O sacrum convivium – Palestrina
At the Offertory: Cibavit eos – Byrd
Postlude: Joie et clarté des Corps Glorieux – Messiaen

18:30 Choral Evensong with
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction

in 'The Great'
Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
Introit: Cibavit eos – Byrd
Responses: Rose
Canticles: Evening Service in D – Bairstow
Anthem: Let all mortal flesh – Bairstow
At Benediction: O Salutaris – Liszt
At Benediction: Tantum ergo – Bruckner
Postlude: Schmücke dich O liebe Seele
Johann Sebastian Bach


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Looking West in the Church on Ascension Sunday
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Anthony Perch MBE – RIP

Anthony Perch, Easter Vespers 2014
Photo: Andrea Liu
All of us at Great St Bartholomew were very much saddened to hear of the death in hospital of Anthony Perch early in the morning of Trinity Sunday. Anthony has been a very long member of our community, singing for many years in the choir, being choir librarian, member of the serving team, Eucharistic Minister, and a member of the PCC. He and Beatrice were married in the church some 48 years ago. His knowledge of the story of our church, and especially of its music – which was such an important part of his life – was encyclopedic and dispensed genereously. As a server, and especially as a regular crucifer, nobody executed right-angle turns with as much precision and smartness as did Anthony. His careful handling of the choir library, based on his own enormous professional experience at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, was of enormous assistance to the church's music team. Anthony Perch, Maundy Thursday 2015
Photo: Andrea Liu

On the PCC, he brought the benefit of decades of experience of the church and great attention to the detail of the issues that deeply interested him. He was enormously pleased to have been made an MBE for his services to the Guildhall School in the 2004 New Year's Honours List.

Anthony’s body will be received at the Priory Church on Wednesday, 15th June at 16:00 and will lie in the Lady Chapel overnight. There will then be a Low Mass of requiem at 08:00 on Thursday, 16th June, and the Funeral Mass itself will take place at 14:00 that day.

Requiescat in pace

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Pilgimage to Rome and Assisi in 2017

In 1120, Prior Rahere, our Founder, made a pilgrimage to Rome. The Rector will be leading a pilgrimage, organised with McCabe Pilgrimages, from 22nd to 29th May 2017. Pilgrims will visit both Rome and Assisi, with a focus on aspects of Rome that Rahere himself could have seen, before enjoying the peace, beauty and tranquillity of Assisi. Brochures will be available in church and online shortly. The cost per person, half-board, sharing a twin-bedded room is £1,445.

If you would like to know more, click this link to open a PDF about this pilgrimage

If you would like to download the booking form, click this link to open it as a PDF

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Lecture in Memory of David Trendell

After David Trendell's time as Director of Music at the Priory Church, he went to be Director of Music at St Mary's Bourne Street. Paul Brough, who was organist at the Priory Church in David's time with us, succeeded David as Director of Music at St Mary's after David's untimely death. He has been in touch with news of a special event that will be of interest to all who held David in affection.

At St Mary's. they are holding a series of lectures in memory of various individuals who were closely involved with the church. On Wednesday, 1st June 2016, there will be a lecture given in memory of David Trendell. The title is Service and Solace: A Trendellian Legacy, and it will be given by Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music. Admission is free, and the lecture begins in the church at 19:00. The address is – unsurprisingly – Bourne Street, and the postcode is SW1W 8JJ.

Further information about this series can be found by clicking this link to visit St Mary's website

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Music Notes
Music Notes for Trinity Sunday
Click here for the Music Notes Archive 2015/2016

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.

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Church Diary for May 2016
Church Diary for April 2016
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 23rd to 28th
Mon 23rd
18:30 London Record Society Free Lecture in The Great
'The Seal Makes the Man – or Woman: London in the Thirteenth Century'
A talk by Dr John McEwan
of the Centre for Digital Humanities, St Louis Universty, Missouri
Click here for more information about the London Record Society
Click here to see a poster for this event
       
Tue 24th
12:00 Angelus & Prayers in St Bartholomew the Less
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
       
Wed 25th
       
Thu 26th Corpus Christi
In many parts of the world, today is a holiday
We wish everyone on holiday today a very happy time
08:30 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
       
Fri 27th
       
Sat 28th
       

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Sunday, 29th 2016, Corpus et Sanguinis Christi
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Sacrist
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in S. Bartholomew the Less
Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
11:00 Solemn Eucharist, Procession of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction
at the High Altar of 'The Great'

Setting: Missa O sacrum convivium – Palestrina
Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Sacrist
At the Offertory: Cibavit eos – Byrd
Postlude: Joie et clarté des Corps Glorieux – Messiaen
18:30 Choral Evensong with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction in 'The Great'
Introit: Cibavit eos – Byrd
Responses: Rose
Canticles: Evening Service in D – Bairstow
Anthem: Let all mortal flesh – Bairstow
Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
At Benediction: O Salutaris – Liszt; Tantum ergo – Bruckner
Postlude: Schmücke dich O liebe Seele – Johann Sebastian Bach

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Church Diary 30th to 31st
Mon 30th Today is a bank holiday in the United Kingdom
We wish everyone on holiday today a very happy time
10:00–16:00 Please note special opening hours
10:00–16:00Please note special opening hours
       
Tue 31st The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
12:00 Angelus & Prayers in St Bartholomew the Less
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
       
Wed 1st
       
Thu 2nd
08:30 Said Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
       
Fri 3rd
       
Sat 4th
       

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Sunday, 5th 2016, Trinity II
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Said Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of 'The Great'
Setting: Missa Sanctæ Margaretæ – Gabriel Jackson
At the Offertory: May the Grace of Christ – Brockless
Postlude: Fugue in Eb "St Anne" – Johann Sebastian Bach
18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon in 'The Great'
Responses: Byrd
Canticles: The Third Service – Byrd
Anthem: Laudibus in sanctis – Byrd

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Church Diary 6th to 11th
Mon 6th
       
Tue 7th
12:00 Angelus & Prayers in St Bartholomew the Less
12:30 Said Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
       
Wed 8th
       
Thu 9th
08:30 Said Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
       
Fri 10th
       
Sat 11th
       

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Sunday, 12th 2016, Trinity III: Today we are marking the 90th birthday of HM the Queen
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Said Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of 'The Great'
Setting: Collegium Regale – Howells
At the Offertory: Let my prayer catch up – Harris
Te Deum Laudamus: Stanford
Postlude: Fanfare – Whitlock
18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon in 'The Great'
Responses: Gabriel Jackson
Canticles: The Rippon Service – Vann
Anthem: Abendlied – Rheinberger

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Church Diary 13th to 18th
Mon 13th
       
Tue 14th
12:00 Angelus & Prayers in St Bartholomew the Less
12:30 Said Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
       
Wed 15th
16:00 The body of Anthony Perch is received into the church
and will rest in the Lady Chapel overnight
       
Thu 16th
08:00 Low Reqiuem Mass for Anthony Perch in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
14:00 Funeral Mass for Anthony Perch at the High Altar of 'The Great'
       
Fri 17th
       
Sat 18th
       

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Sunday, 19th 2016, Trinity IV
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Said Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of 'The Great'
Setting: Missa In te Domine speravi – Palestrina
At the Offertory: Ave verum corpus – Lassus
Postlude: Passacaglia in C minor (BWV 582) – Johann Sebastian Bach
18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon in 'The Great'
Responses: Leighton
Canticles: Collegium Magdalenæ Oxoniense – Leighton
Anthem: O Lorde, the maker of al thing – Joubert
Postlude: Toccata giocosa – Mathias

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Church Diary 20th to 25th
Mon 20th
       
Tue 21st
12:00 Angelus & Prayers in St Bartholomew the Less
12:30 Said Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
       
Wed 22nd
       
Thu 23rd
08:30 Said Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
       
Fri 24th
       
Sat 25th
       

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Sunday, 26th 2016, Trinity V
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Said Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of 'The Great'
Setting: Missa Euge bone – Tye
At the Offertory: Omnes gentes plaudite manibus –
Postlude: A Fancy – Byrd
18:30 Choral Evensong & Sermon in 'The Great'
Responses: Rose
Canticles: Collegium Regale – Howells
Anthem: Lo, the full final sacrifice – Finzi
Postlude: Pæan – Leighton

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Church Diary 27th to 30th
Mon 27th
       
Tue 28th
12:00 Angelus & Prayers in St Bartholomew the Less
12:30 Said Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
       
Wed 29th
       
Thu 30th
08:30 Said Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
       

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Damien Hirst: Exquisite Pain

Damian Hirst: Exquisite Pain Damien Hirst's remarkable statue of S. Bartholomew, called Exquisite Pain, is back in the Priory Church.

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Photo © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.
All rights reserved, DACS 2015

St Bartholomew's Museum
at Barts Health NHS Trust

Set in the historic North Wing of St Bartholomew's Hospital, the museum tells the story of this renowned institution, celebrates its achievements and explains its place in history.
Click on this link to go to the Museum's website


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
Click here for details about the Westminster Almshouses Foundation


For assistance with acquiring and purchasing music:


* Shorter House Music
Click here for information about Shorter House Music


* Faber Music
Click here for information about Faber Music


* 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 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
Click here for details about Banks Music Publications


* 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 Parochial Church Council of Great St Bartholomew (Registered Charity No. 1163024) 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 for Great St Bartholomew in 2016


Thu 26th May Corpus Christi
Thu 29th May The Sunday of Corpus Christi
Tue 31th May The Visitation of the BVM
Wed 29th Jun Ss Peter & Paul
Mon 15th Aug The Assumption of the BVM
Wed 24th Aug Feast of S. Bartholomew the Apostle
Sun 28th Aug Sunday of S. Bartholomew the Apostle
Feast of Title
Sun 4th Sep Feast of Dedication of the Priory Church
Thu 8th Sep Nativity of the BVM
Sun 18th Sep Founder's Day
Tue 20th Sep Death of Prior Rahere, our Founder, 1143
Thu 29th Sep Feast of S. Michael & All Angels
Sun 9th Oct Feast of the Apparition of the BVM to Canon Hubert
Tue 25th Oct Translation of the Relics of S. Bartholomew
Sun 30th Oct Sunday of All Saints
BRITISH SUMMER TIME 'FALLS BACK' & ENDS AT 02:00
Mon 31st Oct Eve of All Hallows (Hallowe'en)
Tue 1st Nov Feast of All Saints
Wed 2nd Nov Feast of All Souls
Sun 13th Nov Remembrance Sunday
Sun 20th Nov Christ the Universal King
The Last Sunday after Trinity
The Last Sunday in the Church's Year
Sun 27th Nov Advent Sunday
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
18:30 Advent Carol Service
Thu 1st Dec Anniversary of death of Henry I, 1135
Sun 4th Dec Advent II
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
18:30 Choral Evensong & Benediction
Thu 8th Dec Immaculate Conception of the BVM
Sun 11th Dec Advent III
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
18:30 Mind-Advent Carol Service
Tomorrow I will come
Fri 16th Dec Church Carol Concert
Sun 18th Dec Advent IV
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
18:30 Nine Lessons & Carols
Mon 19th Dec Carol Service: The Ceremony of Carols
Tue 20th Dec Nine Lessons & Carols
including reserved seating for
Livery Company guests
Wed 21st Dec Carol Service: A Star-Spangled Christmas
Christmas music in the traditions of the USA
Thu 22nd Dec Carol Service: Stille Nacht
Christmas music in the German tradition
Fri 23rd Dec Carol Service: The Spirit of Christmas Past
A Carol Service from yesteryear
Sat 24th Dec Christmas Eve
12:30 Vigil Mass
23:45 Blessing of the Crib & Midnight Mass
Sun 25th Dec The Nativity of the Lord
Christmas Day
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist with Procession
Mon 26th Dec S. Stephen, Protomartyr
Church closed
Tue 27th Dec S. John, Apostle & Evangelist
Wed 28th Dec Holy Innocents
Sat 31st Dec S. Silvester
New Year's Eve

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