St Marys Cathedral
Quick Facts about the St Mary's Cathedral
St Marys Cathedral is also known as the Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin. It is an Anglican church, part of the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia. It is the Episcopal of the Anglican Bishop here and is also the mother church of the diocese. It is the oldest Anglican church in Kuala Lumpur.
Address and Contact of St Marys Cathedral
St Marys Anglican Cathedral
Jalan Raja (Dataran Merdeka), 50050 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 3 2692 8672 , 26945470
Fax: +60 3 2693 7821
History of St Marys Cathedral
Original church on Bluff Road
1887 Original church made of wood built on Bluff Road near the Police Headquarters. Served as a place for Anglicans who were here in those days. Frank Swettenham, the Resident General of the Federated Malay States or FMS, and William Treacher, the British Resident of Selangor, were among the more famous members of the church.
Foundation stone laid by William Treacher
1894 Foundation stone laid by William Treacher for the new church building at the present location near the Selangor Club Padang. Local philanthrophists, Yap Kwan Seng and Thamboosamy Pillay, made substantial financial contributions to the church fund to built the church.
Consecration of Church by Bishop Hose
1895 Church consecrated by Bishop Hose. Pipe organ built by the famous 19th century organ maker, Henry Willis, was installed. Henry Willis also made organs for St. Paul's Cathedral and the Royal Albert Hall.
The 2nd World War
1945 During the 2nd World War the caretakers kept the stained glasses of the church to prevent it from being damaged. However, they were not recovered after the war.
1958 Jubilee Hall added to the rear of the church.
St Marys becomes a Cathedral
In 1983 the St Marys Chuch was upgraded to St Marys Cathedral with the appointment of a bishop for West Malaysia.
Architecture of St Marys Cathedral
- Designed by Authur Charles Alfred Norman better known as AC Norman who also designed many other heritage buildings around Malaya;
- Early English Gothic architecture;
- Main area (the nave) can accomodate up to 180 members;
- The area around the alter (the chancel) can have a choir of 20.
How to get to the St Marys Cathedral
By Light Rail Transit or LRT
Use the Light Rail Transit trains or LRT and alight at Masjid Jamek. Walk toward the Merdeka Square. It's just a 5 minutes walk from the station. Should cost you no more that RM2 from any LRT stations.
Of course almost all taxi drivers knows where the cathedral is. Otherwise tell them to take you to the Merdeka Square.
If you drive, there is ample parking, both at the church ground and also at the basement of Merdeka Square.
The prayer meeting is held every first Friday of the month at noon.
Prayer and Praise
The Prayer and Praise ministry meets on Wednesday nights at the cathedral at 7:30pm for half an hour of singing followed by a talk by a guest speaker. This is done in the "charismatic" manner.
Spirituality and Prayer
This group meets monthly on Friday night. It is contemplative in nature and sometimes arranges retreats and quiet days.
The Very Rev Jason Selvaraj oversees the cathedral. He has served with the church since 1992 after serving in the Church of the Holy Spirit in Ipoh.
Rev. Dr. Andrew Cheah. He leads the two SMACC congregations and oversees the small groups ministries.
Thinking of Getting Married the Anglican way?
To tie the knot at any Anglican church in Malaysia, you and your partner must first be Christians. In addition, at least one party must be an Anglican. You will also have to attend a pre-marital counseling.
There will also be a small fee charged for use of the church for the wedding. For those who are tying the knot, I wish you all the best in making your marriage work. And congratulations on making that crucial decision. Cheers!
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