Reformation 500

Today at the Cathedral View More
Temporary closure of Stone and Golden Galleries
7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong

Reformation 500

Events, services and music, September - November 2017

Some events not only leave their mark on history, but change the world.

The Reformation of the Church 500 years ago was one such event - triggered when Martin Luther, so legend has it, nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. The epoch-making transformations his theses brought about had an impact throughout every continent.

Today, half a millennium later, we can observe the Reformation's long-term global impact.

The anniversary year of 2017 sees the staging of several prestigious events at St Paul's dedicated to this influence, an influence that can still be felt today.

  • Two special late openings with Reformation talks and music and at which drawing and photography will be encouraged. One of just three remaining copies of William Tyndale's English New Testament - the 'most dangerous book' in Tudor England, will be on public display for the first time ever.
  • A large Cathedral floor event - Souls at Stake - with Melvyn Bragg and Jane Williams. Tyndale's Bible will also be on display at this.
  • A series of evensongs throughout October, focusing on the Reformation through the music of the time and what was happening in England under the reigns of five different monarchs.
  • A Saturday lunchtime talking looking at London's Reformation
  • A deeper look into Martin Luther
  • A discussion on the idea of the 'Protestant work ethic' and the future of work

Most events are completely free (there is only a charge for the late openings) and as with everything we do at St Paul's you are all welcome, regardless of who you are or what you do or don't believe.

Reformation 500 events

Saturday 30 September 1 - 2pm  
Finding its place in a reformed church:
St Paul's and London's 'Long Reformation'  |  Dr Mary Morrissey
More information and book FREE tickets
Sunday 1 October 1 - 2pm  
Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident  |  Peter Stanford
More information, unticketed
Every Sunday in October 3.15 - 4.15pm  
Reformation Choral Evensongs  |  Various preachers and Reformation music
More information, unticketed
Thursday 12 and
Saturday 28 October
6.30 - 9pm  
Reformation Lates  |  
Special evening openings, with drawing and photography encouraged
More information and book tickets
Tuesday 24 October 6.30 - 8pm  
Souls at Stake: Tyndale, the Bible and the 21st Century  |  
Melvyn Bragg and Jane Williams
More information and book FREE tickets
Monday 20 November 6.30 - 8pm
St Paul's Institute: The Protestant Work Ethic and the future of work  |  
Speakers to be announced
More information and book FREE tickets

St Paul's Reformation history