St Bride's: Worship & Ministry

Special Occasions

Advent & Christmas

Crib service.jpgThe weeks in the run-up to Christmas Day are a marathon of carol services and concerts, in addition to the usual Eucharistic worship. On four special Sunday evenings, having held a said Evening Prayer in the crypt at 5.30pm, we host a selection of events showcasing the music and Liturgy of the season; in 2013, we held a Service of Advent Carols, a Come & Sing workshop and concert to mark the centenary of Britten's birth, Britten's 'A Ceremony of Carols' and the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

In the working weekdays of December, we host up to 25 carol services and concerts, most open to the public and catering for companies, charities, newspaper groups and other organisations with connections to St Bride's.

Local Firms.jpgFinally, our Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and Family Eucharist on Christmas Morning greet the arrival of the big day with great style and a full house.

Lent & Easter

Our Sermon Series is well established as part of the Sunday morning Eucharists in Lent, and we invite different speakers to approach topical issues from different angles. We usually begin the Season with a Choral Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday, and mark Maundy Thursday with the symbolic stripping of the Altars.

Egg Rolling.jpgOn Good Friday, we offer contemplative music such as Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Stainer's Crucifixion as well as words of devotion at the foot of the cross, before a service of Evensong.

Easter Day has, for the last thirty years, begun with a Dawn Service and Kindling of the New Fire at 5.45am followed by breakfast and egg-rolling in Fleet Street, with the main 11am service celebrating the risen Christ with a sizeable congregation.