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Cathedral of St Jago De La Vega

Cathedral of St Jago De La Vega - Elgin Taylor

Name of Church: Cathedral of St. Jago De La Vega

Location: Red Church Street, Spanish Town, St. Catherine

Founded: 1714

Minister: Rev. Cannon G.E. Thomas

Assistant Priest: Rev. Beverley Ponsett (Rector)

Warden: Mr. Clifton Green

People's Warden: Mr. Phillip Keane-Dawes

Curator: Rev. Barrington Jones

Oldest Member: Rufus Henry, 100

Membership: 514

Brief History:

This historic, picturesque church which is also referred to as the Cathedral of St. Jago De La Vega, the St. Catherine Parish Church and the Anglican Cathedral, is located on Red Church Street in Spanish Town.

It was erected by the Spanish between 1523 and 1530 as a Roman Catholic church and known as the Spanish Red Cross Church. However, it was destroyed by Cromwell's soldiers in the mid-16th century, and rebuilt in 1714 as the Anglican Cathedral of St. James. The steeple was added in 1817.

The building is shaped like a cross and represents several architectural designs. In 1843 it was renamed the Cathedral of the Jamaican Diocese of the Anglican Church. It is the oldest Anglican church outside of England.

It was destroyed by earthquake in 1907, and restored in 1908. The church contains baptismal and marriage records dating back to 1668, and burial records from 1671.

Many prominent British and Jamaican nationals are buried in its crypts. Included among them is Sir Thomas Modyford, former Governor of Jamaica.

Outreach Programmes:

These include: Mothers' Union held every third Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., Women's Auxillary, held on last Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m.; Brotherhood of Saint Andrew, second Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and Young Adult Fellowship, first and third Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

Order of Services:

Sunday services

Eucharist and Sermon - 7:00 a.m.

Sunday school - 8:00 a.m.

Holy Baptism (5th Sunday) - 9:00 a.m.

Evening song and Sermon - 6:30 p.m.

Mid-week Services:

Holy Eucharist Tuesday - 7:00 a.m.

March 10, 2007

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