About St Mary’s
Welcome to St Mary's, a parish church grounded in the rich heritage of Catholic worship in the Church of England. The liturgy and worship at St Mary's beautifully combines Gregorian chant, Renaissance, Viennese and contemporary sacred music with the majestic language of the Book of Common Prayer.
The ceremonial is rich and traditional. High Mass on Sundays is the highlight of the week for all who attend. The church has been beautified by successive generations and remains strangely simple and peaceful…despite the gentle rumble of the trains underneath.
Lord Halifax, churchwarden at the time, involved the parish in the Malines Conversations (1921-25) which began ecumenical dialogue between the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. St Mary's remains a significant focus of prayer for the unity of the Church.
Affiliation and Identity Today
St Mary’s has always been open to all, irrespective of their stance on particular aspects of church life and politics. As a church we remain outside Affirming Catholicism, Forward in Faith and Anglican Catholic Future.
Historically, resolutions A & B Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993 were in place in the parish. Being in the Two Cities Area, we fall under the direct pastoral oversight of the Bishop of London, currently a similar provision to that of the former resolutions A&B is in place for the sake of unity in the parish. This follows permission granted by the Bishop of London by the PCC in accordance with the House of Bishops' Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests. Episcopal, prietstly and sacramental ministry in the parish is exercised by male bishops at whose consecration a male bishop presided and who stand in the historic, apolostolic succession of bishops so ordained, and by make priests ordained by such bishops.