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.
Speaking to the congregation, Mr Barzun told of a previous Ambassador who had helped dig the people of London out of the rubble of the Second World War
Blitz, epitomising the close friendship between the two nations which is maintained to this day.
He said: "This special relationship of ours is not the outcome of a summit. No one signed a pact or a treaty. It wasn’t negotiated as part of some
agreement or accord. To use Churchill’s other phrase for it: it is the Unwritten Alliance.
"For it is born of and sustained by the millions of living, breathing relationships between Americans and Brits that all of you represent today.
"So as my act of giving thanks, I would like - on behalf of the United States of America - to say thanks."
The service included a mix of readings, prayer and music, including a brand-new especially-written commission by American composer, Paul Crabtree.
Congregational hymns included America the Beautiful; Come ye thankful
people, come; and Now thank we all our God.
Both the Combined Choirs of the American Congregations in London and the St Paul's Cathedral Choir sung during the service and the sermon was given
by The Reverend John A. D’Elia, Senior Pastor, The American International Church.
The service also provided a fantastic opportunity for the Cathedral Choir to launch details of its upcoming tour to the United States, which will
see it sing in eight venues across seven States in April 2015.