Welcome to St Mark’s Church, Florence, Italy

St Mark’s ‘English’ Church is an Anglican church in Florence, Italy. One of three worship centres that form a chaplaincy of the Church of England in the Diocese in Europe. We offer a unique venue for worship; weddings; opera; concerts; music and a wide range of artistic, literary and academic events for visitors and locals alike.

St Mark’s Florence

St Mark’s Church in Florence is one of three worship centres that form a chaplaincy of the Church of England in the Diocese in Europe, known as St Mark’s Florence with St Peter’s Siena.

We have been serving the people of Tuscany, and the many visitors to the area on our current Florence site, for over 132 years. With the Sunday Sung High Mass at the centre of its active liturgical life, St Mark’s also has an extensive music and cultural scene, with its own concert and Mass choirs, St Mark’s Opera, as well as many concerts performed by visiting choirs and musicians. To this is added a wide variety of other cultural events that bring people together in artistic, literary or academic endeavour.

Thank you for visiting our site and we look forward to welcoming you to our chaplaincy.

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The next Waymarkers walk is on the 5th October in Fiesole & Mt Cerceri. All welcome. ... See MoreSee Less

Walk - Fiesole & Mt Ceceri

October 5, 2016, 9:00am - October 5, 2016, 4:00pm

Our next walk guys takes in Fiesole, Monte Ceceri, Cave di Maiano (Quarry) and back to Fiesole. We will start in-front of the Cattedrale di Fiesole (main Square) at 0900 Hrs. Grade: Easy, Walking time...

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Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity, (Amos 6: 1a, 4-7; Psalm 146; 1 Timothy 6: 6-19 and Gospel, Luke 16: 19-31).

Once again, our Lection today presents us with the metaphor of riches in both an earthly and heavenly context. But whatever the emphasis given to the love of money, it remains simply one example among many of how our true calling and our most fulfilled being can be so easily side-tracked when we neglect Christ’s overarching command to give loving, generous service to all those around us.

But, it isn’t always so easy to believe that genuine open-handedness brings blessing. A generous act unacknowledged, or thrown back in our faces, can cause lasting bitterness or conflict. Perhaps that is one reason why the Prophet Amos, in our Old Testament reading today, stresses the dangers and retributions inherent in hard-heartedness, or in the neglect of others’ needs.

In our Gospel, Jesus uses the love of money to describe a potentially universal trap to our very ability to recognise need itself, or indeed, to be able to act in a loving way as his disciples. It is no mistake that the ‘rich man’ remains unnamed and that the poor man is identified as Lazarus. The suggestion is that we can so easily forget who and what we are, despite God’s bounty, and, as with the raising of another Lazarus (elsewhere in John’s Gospel) or in fact of Christ himself, we can be rendered oblivious to the true cost of our reconciliation with God.

It is that cost which we are asked simply to recognise (not to share) and to value that payment in all those around us. For if we are not conscious of how much we ourselves have received, there is nothing – not even the raising of someone from the dead – which cannot be explained away when the acceptance of such a reality makes uncongenial demands upon us.

All this is earthed in St Paul’s first letter to his beloved Timothy, in which he exhorts someone he loves and respects, not to fall into the temptation or entrapment of such harmful desires (which can only lead to the destruction of self).

Ultimately, Christ’s command – or Mandatum – is to love.

This is not some abstract idea. It is concrete; it is to be expressed, to be acted upon and to be lived. It requires something from us.

Love in action is rooted in the God who is love itself and who lives in those who practice love (to quote the Beloved Disciple). Love drives out the fear of punishment described by the Prophet Amos, or of the rich man (which he had on behalf of his five brothers). It drives out the complacent or fearful callousness which society can feel in the face of refugees or even, terrorists (in all their perceived injustices); it militates against judgementalism or the pervasive strength of self-interest.

Love comes to perfection only when we begin to realise that love is given in the one who first loved us. Love exists to call forth love, and it can only live if it is expressed in our relationships with others, lest it die, and we with it.

Everyone has an opinion about love. Do you agree with this sermon? Share the love and feel free to comment or to share this post. We will answer any questions as fully as possible. Thank you. Picture courtesy of St Mark’s Artist in Residence, (Dignity through Art Project), ©Maria Makepeace.
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St Mark’s does not receive funding from the Church of England, the Diocese or the Italian Government. We rely solely on the kind giving of our members and donations from those who use our premises.

A suggested weekly offering of €10 is needed to maintain our provision. You may give online by visiting our donate page or in our weekly collection on Sunday.

Thank you for your support.

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No Low Mass (Common Worship)

September 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Contemporary Worship

September 29 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Chaplain Consultation time

September 30 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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