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The Venerable David Meara
Rector of St Bride's &
Archdeacon of London
I would like to offer you a warm welcome to St Bride's. Whether you are a visitor to London, someone who works in the City, a journalist or a member of one of the media industries, or whether you are wondering about celebrating a special occasion here, I want you to feel that St Bride's is a special place of peace, prayer, and hospitality.
St Bride's Church is a magical space in which the beauty of its architecture, the power of the liturgy and the weight of history all meet and enrich each other. The building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1703, with the 226 foot spire dominating the surrounding area. Its graceful tiers became the inspiration for the traditional tiered wedding cake! When sunlight shines in through the large windows the interior gains a special luminous quality as a place of peace and prayer.
The worship is complimented and enriched by our professional choir of twelve adult singers, all first class musicians who sing for our Sunday services, weddings and memorial services, as well as pursuing their own international careers.
Wren's church was bombed in the Second World War and rebuilt in 1957, making this the 8th church on this site. In the crypt a fascinating exhibition shows the results of the extensive excavations in 1953, the remains of previous churches, and a pictorial history of Fleet Street, which used to be the centre of the newspaper industry. Even though the presses have scattered across London the media still retain strong links with St Bride's which is the spiritual home of journalists everywhere.
Reputedly the earliest Christian site in the City of London, there are fragments of a Roman pavement of the second century AD behind the crypt chapel, where worship has been offered for over 1500 years. If you haven't visited a church for some time, I hope you will find that St Bride's helps you to reconnect with your spiritual roots, and makes you want to find out more.
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