22nd – 30th September, 2019

For my main vacation for this year I decided to head back to the Philippines. I planned to stay in Manila and also Puerto Princesa on the island of Palawan. I was going mainly to catch up with friends but also to do a little more exploring as I didn’t really see much of Puerto…

Thean Hou Temple – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This temple, located on Robson Heights in Kuala Lumpur is dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess, Mazu. Thean Hou which translated means Queen/Empress of Heaven was an official title conferred on Mazu in 1683. It is customary never to pray to her using that title during emergencies since it is believed that on hearing them,…

St. Mary’s Cathedral – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin This is the mother church of the Diocese of West Malaysia in the Anglican Church of the Province of South East Asia. It is the Episcopal see of the Anglican Bishop of South East Asia. The original church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and consecrated on 13th February,…

San Agustin Church – Manila Philippines

Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Consolacion y Correa This is a Roman Catholic church under the auspices of the Order of St. Augustine. It is located in Intramuros, the historic walled city in Manila. The church was completed in 1607 and is the oldest stone church in the Philippines. It is one of four…

Immaculate Conception Cathedral – Puerto Princesa, Philippines

This cathedral is the seat of the Titular Bishop of The Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa. It is not part of an ecclesiastical province as it is directly subject to The Holy See, but for purposes of apostolic co-operation, it is usually grouped with the Archdiocese of Manila. The first mass in Puerto Princesa was…

St. Bride’s Church, London

St. Bride’s maybe one of the oldest churches in London, with worship dating back to the 7th century. It is believed that as the patron saint is Bridget of Ireland, it may have been founded by Celtic monks. The current church is at least the seventh building to stand on this site and was designed…

Brompton Oratory, London

Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Brompton Oratory, is home to the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London, a community of priests living under the rule of life established by its founder in the sixteenth century. The Oratory also serves as a parish church in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster…

St. Vedast-alias-Foster, London

This church is located in the City of London and dedicated to St. Vedast, a French saint whose cult arrived in England through contacts with Augustinian clergy. Foster is the Anglicisation of the name ‘Vaast’, as the saint is known on the continent. The church was founded in 1308 and was later repaired in 1662….

St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

Cathedral Church of St. Paul the Apostle This is the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London. The cathedral is one of the most famous and recognisable landmarks in London. The cathedral is the second largest church building in area after Liverpool Cathedral. There has been a…

23rd – 26th August, 2019

Spent the August Bank Holiday weekend down in London so I could attend a performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. I have done this over the past few years always enjoy the weekend as the weather has always been rather kind. This year was…

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Aberdeen

The Cathedral Church of St. Mary of the Assumption St. Mary’s is the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Aberdeen and is the home of the see of the Bishop of Aberdeen, who is the ordinary of the Diocese of Aberdeen in the Province of St. Andrew’s and Edinburgh. The building was designed by local architect, Alexander…

St. John the Evangelist, Aberdeen

St. John’s is a Scottish Episcopal Church located just off Crown Street in Aberdeen. The church was built between 1849-51 to the designs of Messrs. Matthew and Mackenzie. It was built in the early Decorated style prevalent in the 14th century. The building was consecrated by the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Bishop William…