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  Church of Saint Pauls within the Walls, Rome

 
 

 

St Paul's Within the Walls American Episcopal Church of Rome, built in 1873, was the first non-Roman Catholic Church to be built inside the walls of Rome. It now houses a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural congregation and is the home of the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center.

St Paul's is unique in that, other than its work of mission & ministry, it also has to oversee the upkeep of some remarkable pieces of art. The mosaics by Burne-Jones and Breck, the stained glass windows are just the beginning. The first Rector of St. Paul's, Robert Jenkins Nevin, was an art dealer and on his death bequeathed to the parish an assortment of pieces of fine art and sculpture. Some of these pieces are now available for public viewing.

An important part of the activity of the Church is the varied music repertoire and concerts that take place all year around.

The American Episcopal Church began life as a natural development of the Anglican Church in the New World. It has adopted as part of its worshipping life not only the traditional repertoire derived from musical importations from Europe, but also indigenous and novel musical forms.

From this brief introduction, it will be clear that the present repertoire of sacred and liturgical music of the American Episcopal Church is of a notable breadth and variety. Within it can be found Gregorian chant, chorales of Lutheran origin, original English compositions of various periods, (sometimes adapted or simplified), new American compositions, spirituals, and much else.

The Community of St Paul's is made up of people of many different nationalities (from Africa, Europe and North and South America), all influenced by different traditions: in the Choir of St Paul's a "360 range" of music is sung, with the aim of representing the many different facets of our unique congregation.

For more information about upcoming concerts at St. Paul or to book tickets please contact our concierge: Valentina