St Mark’s Church – a place to worship in Florence, Italy

As Christians, ‘worship’ is our entire lives orientated to God. ‘Places’ of worship and the services of worship conducted in them, are therefore a visible sign and witness to that relationship which we all share in Christ and through which we are nourished and come close to Him in Word, Sacrament and fellowship with other Christians.

Worship at St Mark's Church in Florence, ItalyThe historical foundation of St Mark’s Florence in 1877 was a consequence of the Catholic Revival in the Church of England and also, to some extent, a result of the modernisation of Florence that followed its time as the capital of the emergent new Kingdom of Italy. St Mark’s was not the first Church of England Chaplaincy in Florence, but it benefitted from the more open and inclusive attitudes that this time brought to the City – in its recognition of the spiritual needs of so many people of other nations enjoying its hospitality – and is perhaps a factor that has not been given due weight.

Today, we minister to all English-speakers living, working or travelling through Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, and the vast majority of our services are conducted in the English language. This is true for St Peter’s Siena and for the congregation in Holy Cross, Bologna, though each of these churches has its own unique story and represents a wide cross-section of Anglican faith and practice.

Throughout the Chaplaincy and throughout a normal week, we seek to provide a wide range of worship styles to suit the needs of most visitors. These range from Prayer Book services, (Holy Communion and Choral Evensong), to modern Anglican Rites in Common Worship and contemporary informal praise.

Whatever your tradition (indeed, church denomination), we hope that you will feel at home in our worshipping life across the Chaplaincy and through it, receive the Grace and love of God.

Principal Sunday Worship

St Mark’s Florence:

  • 10:30hrs Sung High Mass

Please note that there is a collecting basket in St Mark’s for offerings of dried pasta, sauces, individual (long-life) cartons of juice and other foodstuffs to assist in the support we give to the homeless of Florence through the Comunita di Sant’ Egidio. For a full list of foodstuffs required for ‘meal boxes’, see How to Help/Charities we Support. You can also make a financial donation. Please help if you can. Thank you

St Peter’s, Siena:

  • 15:45hrs Sung Eucharist (the last Sunday of every month)

Holy Cross, Bologna:

  • 16:00hrs Holy Communion or Evensong (as advertised)

Please note that Gluten-free wafers (senza-glutine) are available at all our Eucharistic celebrations. Please tell the priest before the service if you require this.

Our principal services are always followed by seasonal refreshments (indeed, excellent coffee!) and on special occasions with community meals.

Our worship centres have some limitations for accessibility for the disabled, but please ask a Church officer for assistance and if at all possible, tell us in advance.

Incense is currently only used at St Mark’s Florence. This is during the main Sunday Sung High Mass, Choral Evensong and Principal Holy Days.

Midweek Services

St Mark’s Florence:

  • Tuesdays (17:30hrs) – Evening Prayer from Common Worship
  • Wednesdays (17:30hrs) – Low Mass (Common Worship)
  • Thursdays (17:30hrs)  – Contemporary Worship
  • Fridays (17:30hrs)  – Chaplain Consultation time (chaplain available in church)
  • Fridays (18:00hrs) – Low Mass (BCP) and last Friday of the month, Solemn Choral Evensong

Midweek services in Siena and Bologna (including carol services, ecumenical events, etc, are advertised separately).

Festivals and Holy Days

All the major Feasts, Festivals and Saints’ Days of the Church’s year are celebrated at St Mark’s Florence and as many as possible in all three worship centres of the Chaplaincy. The dates of many of these, such as Holy Week/Easter, Harvest Festival, Remembrance Sunday, etc, will vary from year to year. Please check our calendar for more detailed information.

Old Catholics (Vetero Cattolica)

The Chaplaincy is also privileged to be able to give hospitality to the worshiping community of Old Catholics in Tuscany, who are now under the Episcopal Jurisdiction of the Anglican Bishop in Europe. There is normally one Mass a month at St Mark’s reserved for their worship (Third Sunday of every month, 12noon) and conducted according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Old Catholic Church, with whom the Church of England is in full Communion. These services are conducted in Italian but please check our calendar for any changes. All are welcome to attend.

Finally. . . .

If you have any further questions about joining our worship, or would like to request a special service, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Administrative Office.

St Mark’s receives no financial support from the Church of England, or from local or national Governments. We reply entirely on the generosity of those who use our premises or benefit from our ministry. Such donations are vital to our continued outreach and ministry here in Florence and beyond.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you to our fellowship.

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