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.
With Christian Aid Week upon us, St Paul's is backing the work of Christian Aid in the fight to eradicate
poverty and injustice in our world.
Christian Aid Week is Britain’s longest-running fundraising week and has been a firm fixture in the calendar of many
thousands of people each year since 1957. It is famous for the distinctive envelope that drops through the letterboxes of millions of homes
each May – and for the massive impact that the week has made in the fight to end the scandal of poverty around the world.
Christian Aid works with local organisations around the world to help poor communities find solutions to the problems they
face and give them the support they need to make these changes.
Mary Samuels, for instance, lives in a remote part of Sierra Leone where hunger was once a constant threat. With support
from Christian Aid partner the Methodist Church of Sierra Leone, Mary and members of her community are raising their voices to bring change and
are being given the tools needed to help themselves out of poverty. Hoes and farming knives are simple tools, but these basic implements are
being used to bring about long-lasting change and an end to poverty.
St Paul’s Cathedral is pleased and proud to support Christian Aid week and encourages you to join us. We hope and pray that
Christian Aid Week will be successful in alerting the world to the changes that must be made to many people’s lives in our world and celebrate
Christian Aid’s vital and practical contribution to that change.
A collection box will be placed in the south-west aisle of the Cathedral during Christian Aid Week and prayers will be said
each day at our services. Information on Christian Aid can be found at the Friends’ desk at the west end of the cathedral.
A Prayer for an end to poverty:
You loved the world into life.
Forgive us when our dreams of the future
are shaped by anything other than glimpses of a kingdom
of justice, peace and an end to poverty.
you taught us to speak out for what is right.
Make us content with nothing less than a world
that is transformed into the shape of love,
where poverty shall be no more.
Breath of God,
let there be abundant life.
Inspire us with the vision of poverty over,
and give us the faith, courage and will to make it happen. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.