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St Marylebone Parish Church is open every day for public worship and private prayer. 

We are a community of people from all over the world and of all ages, journeying together in faith and hope, everyone is welcome.

Welcome!

St Marylebone Parish Church is open every day for public worship and private prayer.  

We are a community of people from all over the world and of all ages, journeying together in faith and hope, everyone is welcome.

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Art Below and the Missing Tom Fund return with ‘Stations of the Cross’, an exhibition of 16 artists’ representations of the Passion of Christ. Opening on the 19th February at St Marylebone Parish Church, the exhibition will run until 17th March to coincide with Lent.

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Last Year's Stations of the Cross Exhibition (2014) 

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Stations of the Cross 2015

It is really good, for a second year, to be able to welcome ArtBelow’s Stations of the Cross exhibition to St Marylebone Parish Church.

For centuries, the Stations of the Cross have provided Christians with a tangible way of entering into the journey of Christ from his judgement before Pilate to his death on the cross at Golgotha and a way of dealing with some of humanity’s darkest and deepest emotions.

Once again this year, a number of highly regarded contemporary artists have offered their responses to the Via Dolorosa.

The Stations of the Cross can help Christians – and non-Christians – to reflect on themes of sin, betrayal, torture, death, execution and loss; as well as themes of resurrection, new life and hope offered through Christ’s vanquishing of all the forces of evil and decay, darkness and destruction.

Last year’s exhibition was a great success and brought many thousands of new visitors into the Georgian splendour of St Marylebone Parish Church and I hope that the same will be true this Lent.

Perhaps most prominent among this year’s works are Paul Benney’s great work Pentecost – which hangs above the altar and which takes us on through Lent and Easter to the coming of the Holy Spirit on the gathered Church at Pentecost, and the world premiere of Schoony & Reynolds’ For Pete’s Sake, which uses a body cast of the musician Pete Doherty.

Most of the images in the show bring together centuries’ old depictions portrayed in new and challenging ways and people might well wonder why an artist has chosen to portray and exhibit Doherty’s body cast as the crucified Jesus.

Christians believe that Jesus’ death on the cross, followed by his resurrection from the dead, not only draws the whole of creation deeper into God’s love but also remakes the universe in God’s image and likeness. Sin, death, decay – all that wars against life and light and love (just read the words printed on the suspended cross) – are done away and the endless possibilities of God’s new creation are opened up for all.

Doherty’s battle with addiction and a self-destructive lifestyle have been well catalogued in the press throughout his career; today, having successfully completed rehab treatment in Thailand, Doherty seeks to live a new life free of the things which had come very close to destroying him.

Hopefully Schoony & Reynolds’ work will help visitors to the exhibition stop and reflect not only Christ’s Passion and Resurrection  -  and what this means for them, but also to reflect on what in their own lives might be life enhancing or life denying.

I hope that this exhibition of the reflections of the twenty contemporary artists who have contributed to it will not only serve to highlight the Missing Tom Fund but will lead visitors on a spiritual through the agony of the cross to the light and hope and joy of Easter.

The Revd Canon Stephen Evans
Rector of St Marylebone

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Jamie Rogers  is an Organist, Pianist and Conductor based in London.

Growing up in the seaside town of Deal, Kent, Jamie first began to establish a musical profile from an early age. He studied Piano with David Rees-Williams and John Irving, and Organ with Paul Stubbings, graduating with a BMus (Hons) in 2013. During Jamie’s time at Canterbury Christ Church University, he was Organist and Director of Music of the University Chapel, working as a recitalist and accompanist in Kent. From 2013-2017 he held the post as Organist and teacher of musicat St Lawrence College, Ramsgate, where he gained QTS and maintained a performance profile, featuring as part of a regular recital series.

In September 2017 he pursued further study in Organ performance at the Royal Academy of Music, London under the tutelage of Professor David Titterington and Bine Bryndorf, where he graduated in 2019 with a Master of Arts (DipRam). During his time there he was awarded the Eric Thiman Organ Prize, William John Kipps Scholarship, the C.H Trevor prize, the Norman Askew Prize, and has also been generously supported by the Countess of Munster; having been granted the Derek Butler Award. 

Jamie enjoys a varied musical career. He is a professional church musician; working as the Assistant Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church, London and as an Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral. He teaches at the King’s School, Canterbury and also teaches organ privately. An established jazz pianist, Jamie is Head of Jazz Studies at Queen Mary’s University, London. Recent performances include, St Omer Cathedral, the Basilica of St Andrea della Valle, St Peter’s Basilica, the Deal Festival of Music and Arts, Sounds New Festival, the Canterbury Festival, Neresheim Abbey, and the St Marylebone Festival, as well as Broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.


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Edward Forset 1553-1630

English writer

Sir Edmund Douce

d.1644

Cupbearer to two queens, Lord of the Manor of Tyburn

Dame Frances Howland of Stepney

d.1668

Last Will and Testament 16 May 1668

Claudius Champion de Crespigny

1620-1695

Huguenot and officer in the French army

Humphrey Wanley

1672-1726) 

English librarian, palaeographer and scholar of Old English

James Figg

1695-1734

English bare-knuckle boxer

James Gibbs

1682-1754

One of Britain's most influential architects

Edmond Hoyle



1672-1769

Writer best known for his works on the rules and play of card games

John Michael Rysbrack

1694-1770

Flemish sculptor

John Allen

d.1774

Royal Apothecary 

James Ferguson

1710-1776

Scottish astronomer, instrument and globe maker

Allan Ramsay

1713-1784

Scottish portrait-painter

Charles Wesley

1707-1788

English leader of the Methodist movement

Stephen Storace

1762-1796

English composer

George Stubbs

1724-1806

English painter, A Grey's Anatomy 

3rd Duke of Portland, William Henry Cavendish Bentinck

1738-1809

British Whig and Tory statesman

Caroline Watson

1760/61-1814

Engraver and printmaker

 

Contested Heritage at St Marylebone Parish Church

 

Contested Heritage at St Marylebone Parish Church

Heritage and the built environment should be a source of knowledge and understanding for everyone. Today, parts of a nation’s ‘heritage’ might be, rightly, contested. By 'contested heritage' we mean “historic objects, buildings or places whose received or conventional narratives are currently being challenged” *.

The markers and symbols of the past are a powerful means in understanding and interpreting the past. Around the world, both in conflict and in peace time, throughout history, individuals and groups have focused on aspects of the historic environment to help them to assert, defend or deny a particular version of history. When an object or place becomes contested, strongly held views tend to emerge on all sides.

England has a rich and complex history; it’s buildings, monuments and places sometimes bring us face to face with parts of our history that are painful, or shameful by today's standards.

St Marylebone Parish Church stands in the very centre of a world city that was once the capital of an Empire that incorporated more than 25% of the world and its peoples. As a parish church, we have, through 900 years, welcomed people of every race, colour and socio-economic group, baptising, marrying, burying and, in some cases, commemorating the lives of those whose actions have shaped the modern world – for good or for ill.

St Marylebone is committed to inclusion, diversity and equality of opportunity in all areas of its work, community outreach, schools and worship, and we are acutely aware that certain representations of history (chiefly through memorial plaques and monuments) in our building can cause pain, distress or offence for particular groups of people and might today be at odds with contemporary values.

Through our St Marylebone Changing Lives programme we are already working hard on finding ways by which we can engage proactively, to tell our building’s story and to tell the extraordinary story of St Marylebone and her peoples through the past 900 years.

As Her Majesty’s Government's adviser on the historic environment Historic England believes that removing difficult and contentious parts of the historic environment risks harming the understanding of our collective past. It recommends that clear, long-lasting and/or innovative reinterpretation at or near a contested object should be used in order to reflect a changed context and contemporary understanding of the memorial and we are working on this now.

We share a widespread understanding that histories may be re-told or reinterpreted but, once lost, the historic environment cannot be re-made. The built historic record remains the shared physical legacy of humanity, prompting us to address the past, as understood and narrated by each generation.

Revd Canon Dr Stephen Evans

The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Evans,
Rector of St Marylebone with Holy Trinity,
St Marylebone

*Historic England, June 2020

This statement is available to download as a pdf here

 

 

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