St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
Alternatively, it is traditional on Palm Sunday to listen to the whole of the ‘Passion story’ from Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to his
crucifixion. If you would like to do this you can hear David Suchet reading from Mark’s Gospel here. You will find the Passion Reading from in the video starting at
1.40.48 through to 2.00.09.
Palm Sunday is one of the most bittersweet moments in the Church’s calendar. On Palm Sunday we commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem
when all the crowds accompanying him sang a Psalm of praise, waved branches and appeared to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem as king. After years
of not recognising who Jesus was, of misunderstanding and conflict, it feels as though the crowd suddenly get it. They see Jesus riding on a
donkey and remember prophecies like those in Zechariah 9.9 (‘Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on
a donkey’) or maybe that Solomon had ridden to his coronation on a donkey (1 Kings 1.33). Whatever it was, the crowd finally seemed to
understand who Jesus was and what he had come to do – and celebrated. Of course, we know – as Jesus did himself – that this is not the happy
ending we might hope for. Almost the moment that Jesus set foot in Jerusalem, the crowd turned and melted away. Only a week later they were
baying for his death.
One of the things that strikes me every year on Palm Sunday is how Jesus acts through all of this. We know that he knew his death was
imminent, because he told the disciples about it on more than one occasion. He must have seen the crowd’s celebration and known how quickly
they would change. A strong sense of foreboding hangs over this whole event; a sense that the worst is still to come. And yet, through it all
Jesus persevered. Quietly, authentically, generously, he went about his business as he always did: teaching the disciples; responding with love
to people like the woman who anointed him with oil; holding his own against those who sought to trip him up with difficult questions.
By doing so he suggests to us how we might seek to live in hard times. The answer? One step at a time. Not letting the anxieties and
stresses that lie all around us knock us off course; being who we are called to be quietly, authentically and generously. It may help to
remember that even Jesus became overwhelmed with grief in the Garden of Gethsemane just before his arrest. We are not called to be unfeeling
automatons but we see in Jesus through all of this – especially during his trial when the accusations flying around became more and more
desperate – a still centre. Someone who listened more than he spoke. Someone who never stopped being truly who he was. This is the Jesus of
Palm Sunday, the Jesus of Holy Week. This Jesus stands with us through all of this, knowing our pain, giving us comfort and loving us through