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.
St Paul's to hold Week of Prayer for Peace in Troubled Times
15 August 2014
As news of conflict, persecution and humanitarian crisis continues to be seen and heard, St Paul's will host
aWeek of Prayer for Peace in Troubled Times.
The week, running from Monday 18 - Friday 22 August, will centre around the Cathedral's Prayer for Peace in
Troubled Times and a single candle burning throughout the day in front of the Light of the World Painting - a sign of our prayers for
brother and sister Christians in desperate, urgent situations around the world, and for all who are persecuted and fleeing from danger.
The special week is being organised as we continue to pray for Christian and other minority communities in Iraq and Syria and for people on
all sides of the ongoing troubles in Gaza and Israel.
Throughout each day at the Cathedral, extra prayer cards will be available for all visitors to take away, and services, especially the 5pm
Evening Prayer, will focus on peace throughout the world.
At the Friday Evening Prayer (22 August) there will be an especial focus on praying for peace and for the plight of those who are
persecuted and in danger. The service will keep to the usual pattern of Evening Prayer but in the section of intercessions the leader will
incorporate prayers for peace, silence and invite the congregation to share in the Coventry
Cathedral Litany of Reconciliation, words first used after bombs had destroyed the city's Cathedral in WW2.
Everyone is welcome to come to St Paul's for this special week, particularly each Evening Prayer. There is never any admission charge to
During daytime sightseeing hours, there is always a space set aside for quiet prayer and reflection. Again, there is never an admission
charge for this. Please ask a steward on arrival.
A Prayer for Peace in Troubled Times
the world seems very dark
and our hearts full of anguish
as we remember the many caught up
in the tangled conflicts of your world today.
Yet we must not, dare not, avert our eyes,
nor cease to pray.
And so we pray
for international leaders holding a thread of control,
for politicians holding a thread of power,
for religious leaders holding a thread of authority,
for the fighters holding a thread of influence,
and the citizens clinging to a thread of hope.
Bring a change of heart to those consumed by hatred
bring protection for the innocent and defenceless
bring a sense of urgency to those who can make a difference
and bring an end to violence through truthful dialogue,
determined mediation and courageous peace-making.
We pray in the name of Christ, the Light of the World,
our inspiration and confidence.
Christian Aid is currently running emergency appeals for Iraq, Syria, Gaza, India and the