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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Please be advised that there will be no Waymarkers Walk next week (3rd August). Walks will resume again in September.
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August Walk 2016

August 3, 2016, 12:00am - August 3, 2016, 12:01am

There will be a walk on the 3rd August 2016. A volunteer is needed for this walk. That means finding a suitable walk and leading it. The admin side will be taken care of by Mundy and Darren as usual. ...

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Ninth Sunday after Trinity, (Genesis 18: 20-32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2: 6-19 and Gospel, Luke 11: 1-13).

Superficially at least, our collect today does not seem entirely related to our lection. It speaks of needing God’s Grace to bring forth the fruits of the Holy Spirit in love, joy and peace; whereas our readings speak entirely about prayer and even advocacy with God. There are three words here which might help to sum up our reflections on this apparent paradox and which aid us in better understanding what ‘prayer’ actually is; these are: ‘Father, Forgiveness and Faithfulness.’

Firstly, Jesus teaches us to call God ‘Father’ (or literally, in Aramaic, ‘Daddy’). When we hear Abraham’s courteous pleading with God over Sodom and Gomorrah, and St Paul describing the new relationship with God in Christ Jesus, it is almost extraordinary to think of the sheer intimacy conveyed by the Lord’s Prayer. Nothing can now separate us from this God. We are in a true ‘family’ relationship, and even if we prove to be unworthy children, we nevertheless remain (infinitely loved) children of our heavenly Father.

Secondly, forgiveness has a prominent place in our readings today, and Abraham is heard bartering with a God of justice and pleading for mercy. But this actually represents the beginning of a relationship, in which both sides are learning about the characteristics of the other – a time of growth in terms of who and what we each are. St Paul, similarly urges the Colossians to live as they believe and to feel reassured of their redemption in Christ, where sins are erased, even ‘nailed to the cross’ (Col 2:14). With both Abraham and St Paul today, we see how forgiveness is an integral part of a (prayerful) relationship with God and that forgiveness more generally is not simply about saying ‘sorry’; rather, it is about having a determination to continue to grow a relationship, however difficult that relationship may have been at times.

Finally, there is no hiding the apparent conflict in our Gospel today. Forgiveness does not come down to friendship, to loyalty or just ‘being nice to someone’. It is an essential in life, and it represents a mutual dependency which bears witness to the reality that we are all guilty before God and neighbour. Jesus explains this with the starkly practical analogy of the persistent friend in the night (Luke 11: 5-8). We must first acknowledge our failings to one another, but at the same time, allow forgiveness to maintain our mutual well-being. This requires ‘Faithfulness’ and commitment which ensures that our lives and relationships are liberated from unforgiving blame, bitterness and self-destructive regret.

Jesus is asked to teach us how to pray. He tells us that it is about listening, rather than making demands; about trusting that we are children of God whose needs are both understood and met; that we are assured of his infinite mercy and forgiveness; and that in our faithfulness to him and those around us, we can take hold of the liberation he offers from sin and suffering which we might otherwise be unable to bear.

‘Prayer’ is therefore simply being open to God’s Grace. It is not some magical means of obtaining what we want in life. Its power and efficacy is not that we succeed in changing God’s mind, but that we allow God to succeed in changing us.

“Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church; open our hearts to the riches of your Grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit, in love and joy and peace.” Amen!

Do you agree with this explanation of prayer? We would love you to comment or to share your views and will answer any questions as fully as possible. Thank you. Picture courtesy of St Mark’s Artist in Residence, ©Maria Makepeace, and the Collect for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity, from Common Worship, ©Archbishop’s Council 2005.
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Chorakademie Siena

July 22, 2016, 6:30pm - July 22, 2016, 7:30pm

Choir and organ concert, with music from Purcell, Greene & Sullivan, to name a few. Burkhard Engelke - Conductor Misty Schafferth - Organ All welcome and free entrance.

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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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Events Calendar

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Thu 28

Contemporary Worship

July 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri 29

Chaplain Consultation time

July 29 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri 29

BCP Mass

July 29 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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