The Minster Church of St Michael















The Minster Church of

St Michael & All Angels, Sunderland.

 I regret that I have been unable to bring this site up to date for some months, because of technical problems. Now that I am able to resume activity, I trust that visitors to the site will not hesitate in letting me know if they feel that anything is amiss. It may take me some time to bring everything back to order, as I have had similar problems with one of my other sites.


Far be it from me to promote a cult of quaintness, but the power of the Prayer Book to connect with many of those who find the ordinary diet of the church banal, should not be ignored. There is now a younger generation who are realising afresh the importance of complementing the argot of Twitter and SMS with the majesty of Cranmer. (The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London


"Bound Together by the Book of Common Prayer

             The Prayer Book is a treasury of words and phrases that are still for countless English-speaking people the nearest you can come to an adequate language for the mysteries of faith. It gives words which say where and who we are before God: ‘we have erred and strayed from our ways like lost sheep,’ ‘we are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy table’, but also ‘we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of the Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs through hope of thy everlasting kingdom.’ It gives us words for God that hold on to the paradoxes that we can’t avoid: ‘God ….who art always ready to hear than we are to pray,’ ‘ who declarest  thy almighty power most chiefly in showing mercy and pity,’

       A treasury of words for God – but also a source of vision for an entire society: ‘Give us grace seriously to lay heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions,’ ‘If ye shall perceive your offences to be suchas are not only against God  but also against your neighbours; then ye shall reconcile yourselves unto them; being ready to make restitution.

      The world has changed, the very rhythms of our speech have changed, our society is irreversibly more plural, and we have – with varying degrees of reluctance – found other and usually less resonant ways of talking to God and identifying who we are in his presence. If we used only the Prayer Book these days we’d risk confusing the strangeness of the mysteries of faith with the strangeness of antique and lovely language. But we’re much the poorer for forgetting it and pushing it to the margins as much as we often do in the Church. And it is crucial to remember the point about the Prayer Book as something for a whole society, binding together our obligations to God and to one another, in a dense interweaving of love and duty joyfully performed.

    The Prayer Book was once the way our society found words to respond to the Word, to say who and where they were in answer to God’s question. Those who prayed the Prayer Book,  remember, included those who abolished the Slave Trade, put an end to child labour, because of what they learned in this book and in their Bibles about the honour of God and of God’s children ……….

    ………….That’s why is year’s celebration is not about a museum piece."

 Archbishop Williams of Canterbury  (2011)



       'The King James Bible is a Magna Carta for the poor and oppressed: the most democratic book in the world. '    ( Theodore Roosevelt, speaking in 1912 )

'There is no doubt in my mind that the King James Bible, not Shakespeare, set this language on its path to become a universal language on a scale unprecedented before or since.'   (Melvyn Bragg)



Regular Services at the Minster:-



Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer 1662) 8.00am  2nd Sun of the month


Sung Eucharist (Common Worship)         10.00am  - weekly


CHORAL EVENSONG - Book of Common Prayer - Now held only on the 3rd Sunday in the month at 4:30pm, (except August when the choir is on holiday) with an Anthem, chanted Preces & Responses and the Canticles. There is no other BCP evening service

    Hopefully, the time will come when the choir again sings these canticles to settings composed by Stanford, Moering, Walmisley and others

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     Minster, High Street West, Sunderland SRI 3ET

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