Sunday 11 December 2011


St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, is the metropolitical and cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, Victoria in Australia. It is the seat of the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne and Metropolitan of the Province of Victoria. The cathedral, which was built in stages, is a major Melbourne landmark. It is diagonally opposite Flinders Street Station, which was the transport hub of 19th century Melbourne and is still an important centre.

The Cathedral is built on the site where the first public Christian service in Melbourne was conducted in 1835. The area of the current site became a corn market until 1848, when it was made available for the construction of St Paul's Parish Church, a bluestone church. St Paul's Parish Church was consecrated in 1852 and was in use until 1885 when it was demolished to make way for the current cathedral. The English architect, William Butterfield, designed the cathedral, in the architectural style of Gothic transitional. The foundation stone was laid in 1880 and, on 22 January 1891, the cathedral was consecrated. The erection of the spires began in 1926, to the design of John Barr of Sydney instead of Butterfield's original design. The 1960s saw extensive work completed to the exterior of the cathedral and the T.C. Lewis Organ was restored in 1989 by a major National Trust appeal. Major restoration works were completed in 2009 with significant repairs to the spires, the building of the Moorhouse Tower Lantern and the new processional doors.

This post is part of the Psalm Sunday meme.

Here is a beautiful Anglican Hymn, a favourite of many, but particularly of children: "All Things Bright and Beautiful", arranged by John Rutter and sung by the Cambridge Singers.

1. All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
2. Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.
All things bright ...
3. The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them high and lowly,
And ordered their estate.
All things bright ...
4. The purple headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;−
All things bright ...
5. The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,−
He made them every one:
All things bright ...
6. The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day;−
All things bright ...
7. He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
All things bright ...


  1. How much needed 'all things bright' to be.

    Please have a good Sunday ahead.

    daily athens photo

  2. Never been inside St Paul's, looks great.
    Always liked that hymn, great Sunday post.

  3. i love stained glass windows and the ones at the end of your photo look great
    any close ups?

  4. «Louis» linked your post to his Sunday Psalm post in conjunction with the Psalm Challenge at Daily Athens.

  5. Thanks, Kel,
    Here are a couple of my photos of the stained glass in St Paul's in Melbourne.

  6. superb
    love the one looking through the arched doorway

  7. Beautiful post! And so are all these details in the text to the song.

    Hope you have a blessed Sunday:-)

  8. Thanks for the pretty hymn and video too.

  9. Majestic cathedral...excellent photo! The hymn is one of my favorites from my childhood...thank you for sharing the video!

  10. Beautiful cathedral, I love the windows!

  11. Amazing photo! And this is my favorite hymn...

  12. Now there's a coincidence, I also posted from St Paul's on Sunday.


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