St Bride's: Visitor Information: What To Expect

Updated 21/04/21: We are delighted that St Bride’s doors are now open six days a week for those wishing to worship, pray and visit (closed on Saturdays). Our two Sunday choral serices have also resumed.
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St Bride's: Visit Us

What To Expect

A Prayer For St Bride's

O God our Heavenly Father make the door of St Bride's wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship and a Father's care;
and narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and uncharitableness.
Here may the tempted feel succour and the sorrowing receive comfort:
here may the careless be awakened to repentance and the penitent be assured of your mercy:
and here may all your children renew their strength in you and go on their way rejoicing:
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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.

St Bride's welcomes visitors from across the world and our doors stand open to all whether they are coming to take part in a service, searching for a moment of peace and calm amidst the bustle of the City, or wish to discover more of the history of the earliest Christian site in the City of London,

The Guild of St Bride was formed to assist in the conduct of public worship and members of the Guild are distinguished by their russet gowns and will often be on hand to welcome you and answer questions.

St Bride's is somewhat unusual amongst City Churches because we hold Sunday services.They attract good congregations and underpin the spiritual life of the church.

Our 11am Sunday Choral Eucharist uses a traditional liturgy and benefits from the services of our professional choir, so the musical offering is always of a very high standard. There is a Sunday Club on Sunday mornings during the service, and afterwards the congregation is encouraged to stay for refreshments at the back of the church or in the Rectory garden.

An Introduction to St Bride's

Sunday Choral Evensong takes place at 5.30pm and follows the order of the Book of Common Prayer. It is fully sung, and on the second and fourth Sundays of the month there is an extended choral offering in place of the sermon, which usually reflects the season or the feast day of the liturgical year.

Every day the church is open for private prayer and on weekday mornings at 8:15am there is a short said service of Morning Prayer in the Crypt. On Wednesdays there is also a lunchtime Eucharist service at 1:15pm in the Crypt.

There is an intercessions board at the back of the church, and the names are regularly prayed for at the early services. There is a candle stand by the Journalists Altar and prayer cards are available as well as a prayer trail to make your visit to St Bride's into a pilgrimage in miniature.

Each weekday evening from 5 - 6pm we invite you to escape to the sanctuary of St Bride's and find peace in our Space for Silence.

"You are not here to verify, instruct yourself or inform curiosity or carry report! You are here to kneel where prayer has been valid..." - Little Gidding, T.S. Eliot