3rd September – SPONSORED WALK for ‘The Song Started Here’ music campaign


A sponsored walk is giving an opportunity to contribute to The Song Started Here music campaign in Ramsgate. The success of this campaign will maintain and expand the excellent high-quality music at St Augustine’s, which has been featured on BBC Radio and is available on CD.

On 3rd September, a group will be travelling in the footsteps of St Augustine on this walking trail, rediscovering the great English stories held in the beautiful Stour Valley.

They are collecting sponsors, raising money for The Song Started Here music campaign at St Augustine’s. You can sponsor the walkers by clicking here.

Beginning at Canterbury Cathedral, the route travels by many historic sites, finishing at St Augustine’s, Ramsgate. The walkers will be given a Pilgrim’s Passport which can be stamped along the way. The walk is about 17 miles long and can be walked in a day, with an opportunity to travel 3 miles by canoe.

You can take part – on the day or by sponsoring the walkers!

The walk takes place on 3rd September, the feast day of Pope St Gregory the Great who sent St Augustine on his mission to England. He is also the name behind Gregorian Chant – the beautiful music so prevalent at St Augustine’s.

With the organ being brought up to higher standards, we have the potential to spread this excellent music to more people, to run workshops, and to involve local schools and groups in musical education.

If you would like to sponsor a walker, please contact the office on 01843 606759 or office@augustineshrine.co.uk. Alternatively, you can make a donation online at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/way-of-st-augustine-16

If you would like to come on the walk, please contact the office on 01843 606759 or office@augustineshrine.co.uk. We will give you further details and send you a sponsorship form. A sponsorship form can also be downloaded here.

The group leaves Canterbury West railway station, walking to the Cathedral, at 8.20am on 3rd September, expecting to be in Ramsgate for 6pm.

Wish us luck!



Sponsor the walkers here.

Register to come on the walk here.


After many months of planning, re-planning, and making arrangements, builders today have come on site at St Augustine’s.

They are beginning work on the Visitor Centre area, and work will continue into 2017. After the Visitor Centre is complete, the interior of the church will receive work to restore it to Pugin’s original designs.

Keep up to date online, and on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates!

This work would not be possible without the donations of our wonderful supporters and Friends. Please e-mail us to join the Friends or to offer additional help.

This is a Heritage Lottery Funded project.

Photographic Exhibition: Herne Bay Photographic Club – to mid-September

The north and west cloisters of St Augustine’s are the venue for an excellent display of photographic talent this summer.

From the Herne Bay Photographic Club, photographers have captured a large range of shots, including gothic architecture, scenic landscapes, and stylised artistic creations.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see photographic skill, and to admire the talent on show.

The display will be open until 15th September. Entry is free, and donations are welcome.

CONCERT – Hail, Gladdening Light – Thames Chamber Choir – 16th July, 7.30pm

Hail, Gladdening Light is the title of the Thames Chamber Choir’s concert, as they return to sing at St Augustine’s.

The concert will be on Saturday 16th July, at 7.30pm

Thames Chamber Choir

Tickets are £10, and the choir have generously offered the proceeds towards the restoration project at St Augustine’s.

Featuring lots of wonderful music, including Monteverdi Madrigals and Vaughan Williams’ Three Shakespeare Songs, the concert is one not to miss!

The Thames Chamber Choir, led by Andrew Campling and Christian Spielmann, is a London choir which sings around the UK. The choir has about twenty members, and sings mostly unaccompanied music ranging from Renaissance to modern day pieces.

The choir sang a wonderful concert in March last year, and are returning to St Augustine’s this summer on 16th July.

Further information and online tickets available at www.thameschamberchoir.eu

Ramsgate’s First Blessing of the Sea – Mon 30th May, 3pm, at the Ramsgate Harbour Obelisk


Come along to this first ever Blessing of the Sea – with the Mayors of Ramsgate, Margate, and Broadstairs.

A wonderful opportunity to reinforce our links with the sea.

Assemble at the Obelisk in Ramsgate Harbour, next to the Victoria Pavilion, towards the sea from the bus stops. The service is expected to take about 20 minutes, and will have hymns, readings, and prayers.

Part of St Augustine Week 2016: https://www.facebook.com/events/454527804717457/




NOVENA for the Feast of St Augustine

Prepare for the Feast of St Augustine with this specially-written novena.

Consisting of prayers, psalms, and excerpts from the historical accounts of St Augustine, the novena is a nine-day spiritual preparation for the Feast of St Augustine. Each day there is a short meditation on St Augustine and his legacy, giving honour and glory to God.

What is a novena?

A novena is a series of nine prayers, usually prayed on nine successive days. They can take several forms, and are often in anticipation of a feast. In the Bible, the Apostles waited for nine days from Jesus’ Ascension until the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost “persevering with one mind in prayer” (Acts 1:14).

The prayers are in preparation for the upcoming feast, and in honour of St Augustine, giving glory to God.

The prayers will be prayed at the Shrine of St Augustine from 18th May to 26th May after each Mass (12 noon each day, plus 8.30am on Sundays), and after each Mass at the parish church of St Ethelbert on Hereson Road.

You can join the prayer, especially if you are too far away to attend these prayers in the churches, by downloading the novena here.


The Festival programme is released here! All events are FREE, except the Concert and Day Trip.

<<< 27th May – 4th June >>>

Highlights this year include:

BLESSING OF THE SEA – 30th May (Bank Holiday Monday), 3pm

FIRST EVER complete translation of the medieval Life of St Augustine – 31st May, 7pm

AUGUSTINE LECTURE, by Dr Andrew Richardson – 1st June, 7.30pm

AUGUSTINE SERMON,  by Fr Tim Finigan – 4th June, 3.30pm

And lots more!

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Holy Week and Easter: Music List

SPY WEDNESDAY (23rd March)
9PM – Tenebrae

Responsories by Giacobetti

Christus Factus Est by Asola

5.30pm – Mass of Maundy Thursday (Watching and Adoration until 9pm)

Missa O Sacrum Convivium by Palestrina

Ubi Caritas by Durufle

Panis Angelicus by Rebelo

Ave Verum by L’Heritier

9pm – Tenebrae

Responsories by Giacobetti

Christus Factus Est by Asola


GOOD FRIDAY (25th March)
11am – Stations of the Cross (outdoors, in collaboration with Divine Retreat Centre UK, not Extraordinary Form or sung)

3pm – Good Friday Liturgy

Passion according to John by G. F. Anerio

Reproaches by Victoria

O Crux Fidelis by Gabrielli

Salvator Mundi by Tallis


9pm – Tenebrae

Responsories by Giacobetti

Christus Factus Est by Asola

Miserere by Lotti


8pm – Easter Vigil

Sicut Cervus by Palestrina

Missa In Te Domine Speravi by G. F. Anerio

O Salutaris by Willaert

Victimae Paschali Laudes by Infantas


12 noon – Mass (Missa Cantata)

Missa Surrexit Pastor Bonus by Vento/Lassus

Regina Caeli by Victoria

Surrexit pastor bonus by Victoria

Holy Week and Easter at the Shrine of St Augustine

Liturgies during Holy Week and Easter are as follows:

PALM SUNDAY (20th March)
12 noon – Mass (Missa Cantata)

SPY WEDNESDAY (23rd March)
9PM – Tenebrae

5.30pm – Mass of Maundy Thursday (Watching and Adoration until 9pm)
9pm – Tenebrae

GOOD FRIDAY (25th March)
11am – Stations of the Cross (outdoors, in collaboration with Divine Retreat Centre UK, not Extraordinary Form or sung)
3pm – Good Friday Liturgy
9pm – Tenebrae

8pm – Easter Vigil

12 noon – Mass (Missa Cantata)


All liturgies will be in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite – a rare opportunity to experience the entire Easter Triduum in this form of liturgy


Music will be sung by our artists-in-residence, The Victoria Consort

All are welcome to attend these liturgies



Holy Week is the period of days leading up to Easter Sunday. It liturgically incorporates commemorations and memorials of the events in Jesus Christ’s life leading to his crucifixion, death, and resurrection. It is from these events that we understand salvation history, and on which Christianity is built.

Spy Wednesday is so called because it commemorates the day that Judas agreed to betray Jesus

Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, with the institution of the Eucharist. It is so called because it has the ceremony of washing of feet (as Jesus washed his disciples’ feet), and the first words of that ceremony are ‘Mandatum novum da vobis’ (Latin for ‘A new commandment I give to you’)

Good Friday is the day on which Jesus was crucified and so became the ultimate sacrifice – the Lamb of God – God’s own son being sacrificed for the sins of everyone. It is called ‘good’ because it is from this day that everyone could be reconciled to God for eternity

Holy Saturday is the day that Jesus lay dead and buried in the tomb

Easter Sunday is the day that we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. This is the most important day of the Christian calendar: this is the day that Jesus proved he had conquered death, that life continues beyond death, and that God has promised that there is resurrection of the body for us all

Christianity is built around these liturgies and the beliefs that they express. It was here, near Ramsgate, that St Augustine brought these beliefs and understandings to the English for the first time. This shrine is in honour of the man who led that mission, St Augustine of England, and exists for the worship of God


“If Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain” – 1 Corinthians 15:14