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Vacancy – Surveyor of the Fabric

St Paul’s Cathedral seeks an experienced Architecture / Heritage professional to take on the honorary position of Surveyor of the Fabric. Join a diverse team of colleagues working in one of the city’s most interesting and iconic buildings, and help St Paul’s fulfil its mission to be a spiritual home for the people of Melbourne.

St Paul’s is Victoria’s most visited sacred place, and place of worship for more than 80,000 people a year, with regular worshippers from more than 25 nations.

Download the Position Description here and apply by 5pm AEST on Friday 28 June 2019.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact welcome@stpaulscathedral.org.au to arrange for a chat with one of our team.

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Sri Lankan Memorial Service

At 6pm on Sunday 28 April, St Paul’s Cathedral will hold a Solemn Choral Evensong commemorating those who perished in the acts of terror in Sri Lanka on Easter Day.

We will be joined by Sri Lankan consular representatives and members of Melbourne’s diverse and vibrant Sri Lankan community, as we pray for those who mourn loved ones, for the injured and distressed, and for all those committed to the work of peace.

Although this will be a Christian service, those of any faith, or of no particular faith, are warmly welcome to attend.

The service will be livestream via our Facebook page. A copy of the Order of Service can be found here: Evensong with Prayers for Peace Sri Lanka

Doors will open for the service at 5.15pm.

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Bears on Stairs 2019

St Paul’s Cathedral has teamed up with World Vision Australia to hold ‘Bears on Stairs’ for the second year in a row.

Show your support for the forgotten humanitarian crisis of the Democratic Republic of Congo and send the 1,700 children forced to flee their homes every day a little love by donating a bear.

Every bear donated will be sent directly to the DRC or to Asylum Seeker Charities, either way each Teddy Bear will be lovingly gifted to the children! Donations open on the 26th of February and Bears on Stairs will be held on the 8th of April at 12.30pm on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Keep an eye on our social media for more updates or visit World Vision Australia’s website for more details.


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Holy Week & Easter 2019

Journey through Lent and Holy Week with us at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne

MAUNDY THURSDAY | 18th April 2019

6pm Choral Eucharist with washing of feet
An evocative service remembering the Last Supper, at which Jesus washed the feet of his friends, followed by a silent vigil of prayer
Preacher: The Right Reverend Alison Taylor

*Please note: Security Checks will be in place for services on Good Friday & Easter Day. Entry will be via Swanston Street.

GOOD FRIDAY | 19th April 2019

9am Choral Liturgy of the Cross and Communion
A solemn telling of the Passion story in music and commemoration of the death of Jesus on the Cross with opportunity for personal prayers under the Cross
Preacher: The Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, Dean of Melbourne

12.30pm Devotions under the Cross
A meditative service of readings, addresses, Passion hymns and prayers, marking the final three hours of Jesus’ life and his death on the Cross
Preacher: The Right Revd Alison Taylor

7pm The Crucifixion – John Stainer
A telling of the Passion story through the music of John Stainer, performed by the Cathedral Choir of boys and men. Free admission: a donation of $25 per person will help cover the costs of this Good Friday tradition
Preacher: The Revd Emily Fraser

EASTER DAY | 21st April 2019

6am Easter Vigil with Baptism and Confirmation
A dramatic dawn service from darkness to light, with lighting of the new fire and Easter candle, Baptism and Confirmation and first Eucharist of Easter
Preacher: The Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, Dean of Melbourne

8am Traditional Language Service
Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer 1662 with Easter hymns
Preacher: The Revd Canon Heather Patacca, Precentor

9am Family-style service
A celebratory Eucharist with Easter hymns, children’s activities and Easter eggs
Preacher: The Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, Dean of Melbourne

10.30am Choral Eucharist
A festive Choral Eucharist with Blessing of the Easter Garden, led by the Archbishop of Melbourne.

下午二时正  复活节华语圣餐崇拜 | 2pm Easter Service in Mandarin
复活节主日下午二时正  A celebration of the Easter story with Communion, led in Mandarin Language

6pm Choral Evensong with ANZAC commemoration
Preacher: The Dean

Discipleship: Following Jesus today

Join Dean of Melbourne, Dr Andreas Loewe, this Lent as he reflects on what it means to be faithful followers of Jesus.

Dean Andreas’ Lent Addresses draw on the Gospel of Luke and the thoughts of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was moved from prison to a Nazi concentration camp 75 years ago this year for his active part in the German Resistance.

Addresses are delivered every Sunday in Lent at 10:30am at St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne. The talks, and resources for group study, are also available Sunday by Sunday via this portal page.


10 March 2019 – First Sunday in Lent
‘Walk with me’: Christ’s Insistent Call

Prior Reading: Luke 5.27-31 – Jesus calls Levi


17 March 2019 – Second Sunday in Lent
‘Do this and you will live’: Following Christ’s Call

Prior Reading: Luke 10.25-39 – The Good Samaritan


24 March 2019 – Third Sunday in Lent
‘I have found what I lost’: Costly Grace

Prior Reading: Luke 15.1-10 – The Parable of the Lost sheep and the Lost Coin

31 March 2019 – Fourth Sunday in Lent
‘Take up your cross and follow me’ – Christ’s Call and the Cross

Prior Reading: Luke 9.18-26 – Peter’s Confession


7 April 2019 – Fifth Sunday in Lent
‘Do not love your world‘: Becoming Followers

Prior Reading: Luke 14.25-33 – ‘Whoever does not hate father, mother, wife and children … and even life itself cannot be my disciple’ 


14 April 2019 – Palm Sunday
‘Blessed is the King’: Being Christ’s Body

Prior Reading: Luke 19.28-40 – Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem

Thy Kingdom Come 2019

Join a global wave of prayer right here in Melbourne and Geelong
30 May-9 June 2019
praying for more people to come
to know Jesus Christ

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement which the Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join. The wave of prayer will start in May and run for 10 days between the Christian festivals of Ascension and Pentecost.

For the past two years, Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited people to join a wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost. This is traditionally a time when the church focuses on prayer, just as the first disciples gathered after they had watched Jesus ascend into heaven, it says in Acts 1.14 “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus…” The response last year was overwhelming as hundreds of thousands joined in from churches of many denominations and different traditions around the UK and across the world.

In praying “Thy Kingdom Come” we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities.


It’s not complicated – we’re simply asking people to pray in whatever way they want and with whoever they want for others to come to know Jesus Christ.

Our aims are:

  • For people to pray with God’s world-wide family from 30 May-9 June: individually, as a family or as part of a church, and together as a diocesan family at a Beacon Event at St Paul’s Cathedral on the eve of Pentecost, Saturday 8 June at 5pm
  • For prayer events to be held across churches in Melbourne and Geelong alongside churches the world over. View our Resource Section for ideas
  • For people to be transformed through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ. View our Resource Section for ideas
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Ordination of Deacons – Saturday 9th February 2019

We are delighted that Archbishop Philip Freier will be ordaining 20 candidates as Deacons in the Church of God at St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 9th February at 10.30am. The preacher will be the Revd Jan Crombie, Rector of Kenmore and Brookfield in the Diocese of Queensland, who has led the ordinands’ retreat over the past few days. Jan was formally Archdeacon of Parish Partnerships in the Diocese of Melbourne. We wish all the ordinands every blessing in this new stage of their ministry.

All are welcome to attend, but for those unable to be here in person, a live stream of the service will be available on our Facebook page, from 10.20am AEDT, Saturday 9th February. If your timezone makes live streaming impractical, you can also replay the service at a later time via the same link.

Download Order of Service her: Ordination of Deacons 9th Feb 2019

Help my Church Pray

Resources for Thy Kingdom Come 2019

Liturgical Resources

Prayer and Worship resources for your church.
An order of service for Morning and Evening Prayer during Thy Kingdom Come – can be used at church or in the home.
You can also check out these Bright Ideas for additional prayer activities in your church.

Pray for Five

Use this card in conjunction with a prayer cord (available from the St Paul’s Cathedral shop, or use your own length of cord or ribbon), to help you remember to pray daily for five friends to come to know Jesus.

A Novena Prayer

A ‘Pocket Prayers’ booklet to help unite your daily prayers with Christians across the church from Friday 31 May to Sunday 9 June. Two versions are available: Novena 1 and Novena 2.

Prayer journals

Track your praying through the days of Thy Kingdom Come with prayer journals for adults and young people.


These flyers, aimed at churches, families and individuals, can be printed and distributed.

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Farewell to The Revd Canon Dr Jill Firth

After five years as an Assistant Priest at St Paul’s, The Revd Canon Dr Jill Firth will be moving from the pulpit to the pew to worship at her local parish church with her husband, Archdeacon Len Firth. She remains a full-time lecturer in Old Testament studies at Ridley Melbourne.

Dean Andreas said “We have very much appreciated having Jill as a member of our team, ministering faithfully among our 9am Family Service members and Bible Study programs. I am grateful that Jill was able to share with us in leading that congregation during a period of successful congregational growth. Jill – we thank you for preaching and presiding, and your teaching and community building!”

We have an opportunity to thank her for her ministry here at a special morning tea on Sunday 3 February after the 9am service.