By 1820 there were 19,020 members of the British community recorded in Paris but the Embassy Ballroom, used for services, could only hold 300. So in 1824 the Rev'd Lewis Way received permission from Louis XVIII to open a Chapel within the old Hotel Marbeuf in the west of Paris.
Throughout the upheavals of the past two centuries (revolutions in 1830, 1848, 1851 and 1870, two World Wars and the Occupation of 1940-44) the clergy and people have witnessed to the Love of God in Christ. The current church is the fifth St George's in Paris that today houses an international community of anglophone and francophone Christians.
We're determined to celebrate our bi-centenary in style - watch this space for upcoming plans.
This year we’re celebrating our Bicentenary with a range of celebrations to honour the work, worship and witness of the generations who built St George’s. The programme has been planned by the Bicentenary Committee, ably stewarded by Elisabetta Hicks. We’re very grateful for their ideas and passion! Fixing on 3 points we’re celebrating the people of St George’s, our ongoing commitment to Christian Unity and our life in Paris in 3 main events:
Saturday 10th February 1030h
As we celebrate the Dedication of our current church our guest preacher at this Solemn Eucharist will be the Rt Rev’d & Rt Hon. Richard Chartres, formerly Bishop of London. There will be a Champagne Reception on Saturday and a Celebratory Lunch in the Parish Hall following the 1030h Eucharist on Sunday 11th– please either sign up in church for this lunch or contact the Parish Office.
Tuesday 23rd April 1500h
The Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, the Rt Rev’d Robert Innes will preside at Choral Evensong on the Feast of St George with invited Ecumenical guests. All are welcome to Evensong and the Reception in the Parish Hall which follows.
Saturday 28th September at 1100h
The Rev’d Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch will be speaking on Marriage: a moving target in Christian history. After lunch there will be responses from French scholars. An opportunity for questions at 1500h will end with Evensong at 1630h.
And there’s much more…
On Saturday 20th April we have the opportunity here at St George’s to hear from Barbara Lambesis, President of the Wallace Fountains Society here in Paris, on Richard Wallace. Mark your diary for Thursday 13th June at 1800h when the memory of Richard Wallace will be celebrated at the reopening of Chateau Bagatelle.
Along with a Reception (details to follow) we’re looking forward to singing the new St George’s hymn, the result of our international competition for words and music during the year, buying up lots of the St George’s Bicentenary goodies and welcoming visitors to Paris for the Olympics and Para-Olympic Games.
And there’s lots more to come…
The judging of the Bicentenary Hymn Competition has now reached its conclusion. We are pleased to announce that, by the determination of the panel of judges, the winning tune was composed by Alan Bullard, of Colchester, Essex. Alan is a well-known English composer, whose work is performed around the world. We congratulate him and thank him and the many other entrants who used their talents to set the Rev’d Doug Constable’s winning text to music. We are sure that the hymn, words and music, will prove a fine addition to our worship here and elsewhere and look forward to using it first on February 10th during our Bicentenary Eucharist.
08:30 Holy Communion (1662)
16:30 Messe Malgache
(1st & 3rd Sundays
of the month)
18:00 Evening Prayer
09:15 Morning Prayer
18:00 Evening Prayer
18:00 Evening Prayer followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
09:15 Morning Prayer 18:00 Evening Prayer
19:00 Stations of the Cross
For more information on services see "Worship"
Saint George's Church, Paris
7 rue Auguste Vacquerie,
t: +33 (0)1 47 20 22 51