Father William Lister, from St Mark’s, Florence in Italy writes; “On 12th March 2017 the choir of St Mark’s Church in Florence, Italy, sang choral evensong in the Battistero di San Giovanni in the Piazza del Duomo. It was the first time a purely Anglican Liturgy has been celebrated in the ancient Baptistery and it coincides with the same unprecedented service at St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City tomorrow, led by the choir of Merton College Oxford.

“This occasion represents the deeply-held desire of us all to express more fully the fundamental unity which our two traditions share in our common Baptism and we are extremely grateful to His Eminence Giuseppe Betori, and also the Dean and Chapter of the Duomo di Firenze, for this unique opportunity to pray together.”

Coming hard on the heels of the Pope’s historic visit to our Anglican church in Rome and three days earlier when Anglican-Roman Catholic history was made yet once again when for the first time ever the service of Anglican Evensong, according to the Book of Common Prayer, was celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, this is a reminder of the deep ecumenical links we are seeing and the blessing that results.

Watch a video of this unique service in St Mark's Florence, HERE.