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The Anglican Church In St. Petersburg

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In the first years of St. Petersburg's life as the new capital, merchant ships began to arrive in increasing numbers, attracted by the privileges granted by Peter the Great. From the 1798 census one learnt that the main part of the Anglican church consisted of a church hall and two rows of windows providing ample illumination. The English rewarded the architect with a large sum of money and a vase with an engraved inscription marking the date of its completion in 1816. In its day the Anglican church, known locally as the English Factory, had an electoral roll of over 2, 500 members and everyone was expected to attend morning worship. Since 1945 the spiritual needs of Anglicans in St. Petersburg were met through occasional visits from the Anglican chaplain in Helsinki, but there was no regular congregation until perestroika opened up the possibility again of congregational worship.

Keywords: Anglican chaplain; Anglican church; congregational worship; St. Petersburg

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