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
Education is a core part of the Cathedral's work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Forum, St Paul's Institute and the
Schools & Families department.
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.
Love Took My Hand: George Herbert and the Friendship of God Mark Oakley
In this reflective day, we will explore George Herbert’s spirituality and sense of God, and what they might teach us about our own
assumptions about and relationship with God.
Saturday 14 October 2017
10am - 5pm
St Katharine’s Foundation in Limehouse
£40 (bursaries are available)
The day includes reflective worship, lunch and other refreshments and takes place at St Katharine’s Foundation in Limehouse, East
London (www.rfsk.org.uk). We are very grateful to our partners at St Katharine’s for their generosity in co-hosting our reflective
George Herbert is one of the great 17th century poet-priests. His poems embrace every shade of the
spiritual life, from love and closeness, to anger and despair, to reconciliation and hope. And his work is always rich with audacious playfulness:
he seems to take God on, knowing God will win, as if he’s having an argument with a faithful friend he knows is not going to leave. In much of
theology and spirituality, God is a critical spectator to human lives, but for Herbert, his sense of relationship with God is primarily of a
friendship that can never be broken.
Mark Oakley is Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, overseeing the arts and learning programmes at the cathedral. He writes regularly for the
Church Times and The Tablet and broadcasts frequently on BBC Radio 4. His latest, bestselling, book The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry
(Canterbury Press) was published last year to great acclaim.