St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral Valletta

  • Chancellor: Fr Simon Godfrey 79913521
  • Locum Chaplai from  May 2016 The Venerable Howard Levett  Tel 27335231
  • Church Wardens: Mr Clive Bennington Tel: 9942 5200, Mrs Bernice Caruana Tel: 7905 9215
  • Chaplaincy Council Secretary: Mr Paul Tillbrook Tel: 9906 5616
  • Chaplaincy Treasurer: Mr Dean Bucknell Tel: 9980 7653
  • Cathedral Friends Secretary: Mr Simon Walker Tel: 7970 8808

The Cathedral is built in the Neo-Classical style, the spire is a Valletta landmark, rising to over 200 feet (60 metres). The fine  interior Corinthian columns, balance the austere exterior and the imposing portico with its simple Ionic columns

St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Independence Square, Valletta, Malta VLT1535

 

MAIN  SERVICES:

Sunday: Mass 11.00 am
Monday: Mass 11.00am
Monday to Friday: Morning Prayer 9.00am
The Cathedral is open daily from 08.30 to 12.30 and some afternoons as a quiet place for prayer and contemplation

 

Patronal Festival:
The Shipwreck of St Paul 2017 12 th February

Preacher:  The Reverend Canon Jeremy Haselock  Sub Dean of Norwich Cathedral

Shipwreck Lecturer: The Reverend Professor Marius Zerrafa

St Paul is considered to be the spiritual father of the Maltese.
His shipwreck recorded in The Acts of the Apostles Chapters 27 and 28. and his subsequent stay of three months brought the Christian message to the Islands and is popularly considered  one of the great events in the Nation’s history.  

 

From Prayer 23
by The Reverend John Donne DD
1572-1631
Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, London

 

O Eternal and Most Gracious God, thy Holy Apostle St Paul was shipwrecked thrice, and yet still saved. Though the rocks and the sands, the heights and the shallows, the prosperity and the adversity of this world do diversely threaten me, yet O God, let me never make shipwreck of faith and good conscience. And thy long-lived, thy everlasting mercy will visit me, though that which I earnestly pray against should fall upon me, a relapse into those sins which I have truly repented and thou hast fully pardoned.

 

THE CHOIR AT ST PAUL’S

If you are an Anglican worshipper and could regularly attend the 11 am Sunday service at St Paul’s, would you consider joining the Choir?

The choir rehearses in the undercroft starting around 10.00 am.
Visiting choir members are most welcome to join the choir whilst in Malta. Please make yourself known to the sidespersons who will conduct you to the choir vestry where you will be given music and a robe

 

THE EVENTS COMMITTEE

The Events Committee meets on a regular basis to discuss and organise a comprehensive series of social events, meeting with the Guild at Holy Trinity Church  to co-ordinate the programme for the Chaplaincy  throughout the year.

New members with new ideas  are always welcome.

 

Chairman: Mr Paul Tillbrook Tel: 9906 5616
Secretary: Mrs Barbara Engerer Tel: 9988 7713

 

THE CATHEDRAL CHAPTER OF THE DIOCESE 

The unified Cathedral Chapter of the Diocese in Europe was created by an Episcopal declaration in February 1997. It replaces the former separate chapters of the cathedral and pro-cathedral churches, though the Chapter stalls are dispersed among th three Cathedral churches of Holy Trinity, Gibraltar, St Paul’s Malta and Holy Trinity, Brussels.. The function of the Cathedral Chapter is to support the Bishop by prayer and counsel.

 

Canons with a named stall in St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral Valletta

St Luke: The Reverend Canon Simon Godfrey (2009 ex officio, Chancellor)

St Silas: Vacant

St Timothy: The Reverend Canon Andrew Wagstaff

St Barnabas: The Reverend Canon Ian Sherwood

St Agnes: Vacant

St Mark: The Reverend Canon  Patrick Curran (2000 )

St Polycarp: The Reverend Canon Malcolm Bradshaw (2001)

St Catherine of Siena: The Reverend Canon Meurig Llwyd Williams

St Helena:  The Venerable Vickie Simms

St Titus: The Reverend Canon Jonathan Boardman (2007)

St Ignatius of Antioch: The Reverend Canon Christopher Jage-Bowler

Blessed John Henry Newman : The Reverend Canon Matthew Harrison

 

CANONS EMERTI

former canons of St Paul’s Pro-cathedral, Valletta:

The Reverend Canon John Livingstone (1993)
The Reverend Canon Philip Cousins (1995)
The Right Reverend Eric Devenport (1997)
The Reverend Canon Geoffrey Evans (2000)
The Reverend Canon Jeremy Peake (2000)
The Reverend Canon Gordon Reid (2003)
The Reverend Canon Tom Mendel (2008)
The Reverend Canon  Arthur Siddall (2009)

 

CHAPLAINS AND CHANCELLORS

of St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta:

1844 J.CLEUGH. D.D
1877 H.WHITE. M.A.
1878 E.A.HARDY. M.A.
1896 A.B.CARTWRIGHT. M.A.
1901 F.De WINTON.LUSHINGTON. M.A.
1903 D.COLLYER. M.A.
1905 C.GULL. M.A.
1907 W.NAISH M.A.
1908 W.EVERED.
1910 A.F.NEWTON. M.A.
1913 F.D.BROCK.
1919 A.H.C.FARGUS. M.A.
1922 A.C.MORETON. M.A.
1926 N.A.MARSHALL.
1931 R,M, NICHOLAS. M.A.
1944 F.W.HICKS. B.A.
1955 C.PATON. O.B.E.
1959 H.R.COLTON .M.A.
1963 R.W.POPE. L.R.N.
1965 L.MacMANAWAY. Q.H.C. M.A. R.N.
1966 DONALD YOUNG. O.B.E. R.N.
1967 H.G.W. MACDONALD. M.A. B.D. R.N.
1969 GORDON HYSLOP. C.B.E. M.A.
1974 HOWARD COLE. Q.H.C. CF(Rtd). B.Sc.
1977 DAVID INDERWICK STRANGEWAYS.
1981 JOHN WALTER EVANS. M.A.
1986 KENNETH W.A.ROBERTS.
1989 PHILIP J.COUSINS. M.A.
1996 ALAN G.WOODS. T.D. F.C.C.A.
2004 TOMAS OLIVER MENDEL. SSC. M.A.
2009 SIMON H.M. GODFREY. T.D. B.D. SSC

 

Chancellor of St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta
The Reverend Canon Simon Godfrey, SSC

The Chancellors Lodge, St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral,
Independence Square, Valletta, Malta VLT1535
E-mail address:         anglican@onvol.net
Office Telephone:      2122 5714  (country code 00356)
Mobile phone:           7991 3521

 

St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral: History 1844 to today…

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When Queen Adelaide, the widow of William IV, spent the winter of 1838/39 in Malta she was keen to found  a Collegiate church in the Anglican tradition. Anglican services were held in a room in  the Grand Master’s Palace and it was “insufficient to contain more than the chief English families”.The vast majority of English residents were unable to worship together.

Queen Adelaide’s offer to pay for a church overcame all objections. The British Government provided a site, on the spot where the Auberge d’Allemagne (the conventual home of the German Knights Hospitaller) had stood. Queen Adelaide laid the foundation stone on 20th March 1839.

Queen Adelaide’s Arms and Banner hang below the organ case.

The original building designed by Richard Lankasheer proved unstable and work started again in 1841 under new designs by William Scamp, who had been employed for some years as Clerk of Works to Sir James Wyattville remodelling  Windsor Castle.

The Dedication of the Church to St Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, was a reminder of the first Christian missionary to Malta, when he was shipwrecked on the Island in AD 59/60. Scamps plan envisaged the High Altar at the West end and four side doors, giving the additional benefit of a cooling breeze during the hot summer months. The Bishop of Gibraltar insisted on a more orthodox layout with the altar to the east, so Scamp contrived an apse inside the great doors to hold the sanctuary.

Scamp’s rather severe interior with its pillars and fluted engaged pilasters topped by Corinthian capitals supporting a cornice are architecturally in harmony with Malta.

The glass windows seem always to have been plain and had to be completely replaced after the bombing in the Second World War. Further necessary repairs after the war prompted a return to Scamp’s original orientation. The west end was transformed into a choir by building a new stone screen across the nave. The screen incorporated a stone pulpit and lectern, now in wood and presented as a memorial to Sir Winston Churchill.

To mark the centenary of the death of Queen Adelaide, the Archbishop of Canterbury dedicated the new chancel on 2nd December 1949 in the presence of Princess Elizabeth, who was visiting Prince Phillip during his period of Naval service in Malta. The former sanctuary at the east end became a Baptistry. The font was moved, from the centre of the west end to the apse.

The Undercroft, solidly constructed from the former basement of the Auberge d’Allemagne and as the new foundation of the building, was not used for 80 years. The Bishop opened it on Easter Day 1928 as a church hall. In 1938 it was made a gas proof air raid shelter and in the early days of the conflict was used by the chaplain, his wife and scores of Maltese citizens.

Despite the heavy bombing of Valletta during the Second World War and the prominent and vulnerable position of the Cathedral, it escaped serious damage during the air raids of 1941-42, Thus it survived to bear testimony to the valour of those who fought to defend Malta; and to house the memorials of all units of the Navy, Army and Air Force on the oak panels around the Sanctuary. A Merchant Navy Memorial is located on the North wall and a Submariners Memorial Plaque is situated outside, on the north-west wall of the Cathedral, facing Manoel Island.

The Undercroft has had major renovation work done during 2005, and upgrading of the lavatory facilities in 2006.

In 2009 The Chancellor’s Lodge adjoining the Cathedral  had major renovation works including roof and ceiling re- enforcement,redecoration and updating of the domestic facilities and new windows to the drawing room; a new kitchen ,bathroom and shower rooms. The external terraces of the lodge were cleared,cleaned replanted and the pond restocked.

In 2010 the North East lobby used as the main entrance to the Cathedral was redecorated and the south east lobby below the organ loft, long used for storage, was opened up and decorated as a more convenient entrance for the many visitors to the Cathedral during the week.  The Bishop of the Diocese dedicated and blessed the new entrance doors to the lodge in commemoration  of the 1950th anniversary of the Shipwreck of St Paul on the Island of Malta. New notice boards and signage were put at all entrances to focus visitor’s attention on the building.

In 2011 A lunchtime Live concert series was inaugurated giving young and established musicians the opportunity to make music both sacred and profane in the excellent Cathedral acoustic. An electronic piano/harpsichord was purchased and a Broadwood grand piano acquired on a permanent loan  A Holy Water stoop was installed using the former Paschal Candlestick base which was completely restored and gilded and given a stone bowl. The Arms of Queen Adelaide hanging below the organ case were completely  restored and re- gilded. The banner of Queen Adelaide was removed conserved, cleaned and re mounted . Two armorial plaques with the arms of the Bishop of Gibraltar were restored re- gilded and set up over the two main entrances to the Cathedral.

In 2012 The first Shipwreck  Lecture was given during the Patronal festival of 10th February. The Lecturer was Professor Conrad Thake of the history department of The University of Malta .Subsequent lecturers have been Professor Richard England ,the distinguished architect; Marquis Nicholas de Piro writer, antiquarian and noble; Mr Martin Scicluna commentator and educationalist; Dr Philip Mansel historian and writer.To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the refounding of the Malta Sea Cadet Corps TS St Paul a new colour was dedicated by the Staff chaplain and installed for safekeeping. The Portico gates were partially restored ( not having been used since the 1970′s) to enable HRH The Duke of Gloucester to enter the ceremonial entrance of the Cathedral when as Grand Prior he visited the members of the Venerable Order of St John to chair a Council meeting and to be present at a reception in the Cathedral Undercroft to meet the young members of St John Ambulance in Malta

In 2013 A new Canon’s Stall was inaugurated by the Bishop of the Diocese the Rt Reverend Geoffrey Rowell during his farewell retirement visit in the name of Blessed John Henry Newman. A set of Royal Arms was displayed above the Sacristy door  to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen and were dedicated and blessed by the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Reverend Justin Welby. With the establishment of the St Paul’s group and a permanent welcoming team co- ordinated information boards were designed and placed in the Baptistry area for visitors describing the history and story of the Cathedral community.

In 2014 A permanent loan from the de Piro Estates  of a painting by A E Chalon RA Court painter to HM Queen Victoria and entitled “Ecce Homo” was placed behind the High Altar to finish the hitherto uncompleted reredos. After a concerted Organ Restoration campaign the Father Smith organ was dismantled, shipped to Ireland and restored by Messrs Kenneth Jones. The unique1684 casework was also shipped to the Irish workshops restored and returned for the organ installation in the Cathedral .A new console was designed ,built and installed on the chancel floor .The completed instrument was  re- dedicated and hallowed by the new Bishop of the Diocese The Rt Reverend  Robert Innes at his Enthronement on Sunday 5th October in the presence of the Archbishop of Malta ,the Papal Nuncio and the Auxiliary Bishop of Malta. The Chancellor of the Diocese, The Dean, The Registrar, The Archdeacon of Italy and Malta and the Diocesan Secretary were  also present and took part. The 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines was celebrated with the setting up of a new commemorative plaque by the Royal Marine gates of the Lady Chapel. The Royal British Legion laid up two Standards and placed a commemorative plaque during the 100th Anniversary commemorations of the First World War.

In 2015 The relighting of the Spire ,The  Nave ceiling ,Baptistry and external entrances was completed and an experimental lighting scheme for the Cathedral elevations landward and seaward was installed .A Commonwealth flag was hung in the Cathedral in anticipation of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in the Autumn The final project for  the ceremonial portico gates was completed in anticipation of the visit of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh who as Patron of the Friends of the Cathedral visited on 27th November and was present for a Thanksgiving Service for the work of the Friends and the dedication of an original photograph of Sir Winston Churchill in the 50th anniversary year of his death  by Yousef Karsh.

In 2016 an announcement concerning the  restoration of the Cathedral Undercroft was made following a grant promised by  a local charity and proposed business partner. The project architect has outlined the scope of the works which will include a new floor throughout ,new lavatory facilities,a new kitchen and ancillary storage spaces,a new lighting scheme incorporating the historic wrought iron chandeliers including re wiring. Once the scheme is delivered the space will become a coffee shop and visitor centre benefitting both the existing congregation and the increasing number of visitors. The tower ringing apertures  closed by wooden louvers( not replaced since 1949 )  were opened ,the louvers restored and conserved and replaced to eradicate pigeon access and  the lucarnes were sealed with framed galvanized mesh .Following the experimental lighting scheme in 2015 a project to flood light the Portico is in hand.As a result of a grant from the Friends of the Cathedral the restoration of the 19th century railings that enclose the building and terraces will be commissioned for the summer in preparation for the opening of the catering facilty .