Anglo-Catholic Witness in the Sydney Diocese

This is proof positive that in the heart of conservative Evangelical Sydney Diocese in Australia there exists an oasis of solemnity and beauty of worship in the established Anglican Parish of Christchurch Saint Laurence.

This is a parish offering the Gospel to all humanity – regardless of ethnic, religious, political or social background. The Mass is celebrated every day, with major Feast Days a special celebration for all in the Sydney diocese who like their religion celebrated in ways of joy and gladness, with the ‘smells and bells’ of Anglo-Catholic Tradition.

The Choir is of a professional standard – equal to that of the Anglican Church of Saint James, King Street, in the City. Situated quite close to the Sydney Central Railway Station, Christchurch Saint Laurence occupies an unassuming position that might be difficult to pick out by passers by. However, for those familiar with its liturgies, music, ceremonial and thoughtful preaching in the very best of the High Church Anglican Tradition, its beautiful interior is a valued sanctuary for many.

About to celebrate its one hundred and seventy-second Anniversary of Consecration, no doubt the occasion will be eagerly attended by both local and overseas people who know and value the Sacred Tradition this Anglican parish upholds – and in the Sydney diocese!

Here is an extract from the Parish Magazine:

This Sunday,10 September 2017, marks the 172nd Anniversary of the Consecration of Christ Church St Laurence. Newspaper reports of the actual service of consecration suggest that it was a splendid affair, establishing a tradition of liturgy and music that continues to the present day. The church was consecrated by the Bishop of Australia, with many clergy in attendance, while the congregation was “exceedingly numerous, with the aisles and every corner being crowded”.

This Sunday at 5pm, we will celebrate the 172nd Anniversary with our annual Solemn High Mass with choir, soloists and orchestra. Fr James Collins, Rector of St Paul’s, Burwood, will be the guest preacher. All are welcome to join us as we give thanks to God for 172 years of worship offered in our beautiful place of prayer.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand


About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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