Monday, 23 February 2015

London Suburban Catholic Churches 3 - Our Ladye, Star of the Sea, Greenwich

Another of the most beautiful of South-East London's Churches, in High Gothic style, with some Pugin details, Our Ladye, Star of the Sea lies on the western side of Greenwich park, and its spire is a notable feature of the local skyline.

Nice Sunset over Greenwich Park, featuring the church spire

Sadly, no longer a Parish Church in its own right, Our Ladye's now serves as a chapel-of-ease to St. Joseph's, East Greenwich, although a full compliment of Sunday Masses are still celebrated there.
Church Interior

The Church's Gothic Revival interior includes a most ornate Sanctuary, complete with rood screen, and there are a number of nice details and statuary. This link covers the interior in more detail.
The Rood Screen

Liturgy is Novus Ordo, and tends to feature folk hymns, which aren't quite my preference. This is another church in which I would love to see the Usus Antiquior celebrated, making use of the Sanctuary in the way it was originally intended.

This church does have a significant number of excellent pubs and eateries in the vicinity, as well as the National Maritime Museum, Old Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, and Greenwich Park. Notable among the hostelries are three on the banks of the Thames, the Trafalgar (very famous, and venue for Cabinet Whitebait Dinners), Yacht (next door to the Trafalgar, this used to serve excellent fish and chips - although I have not been there for a couple of years), and Cutty Sark.
Trafalgar Tavern

The Yacht
Cutty Sark Tavern

1 comment:

  1. One of my favourite Churches, Matthaeus.

    Thank you for this most interesting Post.

    Let us Pray that, one day, the Extraordinary Form Mass will, again, be Celebrated in this beautiful Church..

    In Domino


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