St Michael's Cathedral

In Barbados the Cathedral Church of Saint Michael & All Angels (aka St. Michael’s Cathedral) was first consecrated in 1665. The present Anglican Cathedral is the second church built on this site and is of Georgian appearance, with a Gothic look and pointed arches in the windows. It is built of coral stone and features an impressive Tower with a peal of Bells and a number of monumental inscriptions.

The interior of the church has a huge barrel-vaulted ceiling with some fine details in wood and stone, galleries on three sides, stained glass windows, monumental tablets, sculptures and a marble Baptismal Font dated 1680.

The Cathedral’s Chapter House/Room was created over the south porch in 1888 with stalls for six Canons and the Dean.

The Lady Chapel of the Blessed Sacramentis located in the new extension eastward from the High Altar and was consecrated in 1938. In the Chapel you will find the Canterbury Cross and decorative stained glass cast windows.

Over the northern porch locates the Clergy Vestries and the Choir.

HISTORY
The original church, which was the Church of St Michael (aka Saint Michael’s Parish Church) and the first parish church in St. Michael, was established in 1641. It was located on the site presently occupied by the St Mary’s Church, and after that church proved to be inadequate, a new one was constructed on the present site of the St Michael's Cathedral. That church was consecrated in 1665, accommodating 3,000 worshipers and was then the largest church in the West Indies. It was later destroyed by hurricane in 1780 and a smaller church erected again in 1789. During 1831 it was damaged again by a hurricane, but survived it and was opened up as a temporary hospital to assist with casualties.

Since the 1750s the church has experienced a series of disasters, both natural and man-made. Throughout the years the disastrous history included structural problems from bad workmanship, contractor disputes, hurricanes and lightning strikes.

The present Cathedral seats approximately 1,600 persons and boasts having the best and largest pipe organ in the Caribbean.

The St Michael’s Cathedral has been a Cathedral of the new Diocese since 1825, after the Diocese of Barbados was formed, with Bishop William Hart Coleridge as its first Bishop. Prior to this time, the church was under the jurisdiction of the Bishops of London.

Fun facts

St Michael’s Cathedral Cemetery/Graveyard
The Cathedral Church of Saint Michael & All Angelscemetery is filled with graves and tombs of important dignitaries and soldiers like: 

OPEN
The Cathedral is open daily for private devotion, quiet rest or suitable reading and inspection of the building and its memorials.

Weekdays: 6am - 4:30pm
Saturdays: 9am - 1pm

SERVICE HOURS

Sunday Service
7:15am - Holy Communion & Sermon
9am - Sung Eucharist & Sermon
11am - Choral Matins & Sermon (except 1st & 3rd Sundays)(followed by a short Eucharist)
6pm – Evening song & Sermon

Weekday Services

Tuesday & Thursday:12:15pm - Holy Communion
Wednesday: 10:30am - Holy Communion & Sermon

The Cathedral Church of Saint Michael & All Angels (aka St. Michael’s Cathedral) is located in historic Bridgetown Barbados 



Directions

South of Broad Street


Contact Info
St Michael's Cathedral
St Michael's Row
Bridgetown
St Michael
Tel: (246) 427 0790 / 429 2421

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For more information go to:: http://www.saintmichaelscathedral.bb/

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