Worshiping in an Enduring, Medieval Church in London, England
Surrounded by the sparkling wealth of Hatton Garden, St. Etheldreda’s Church sits on a quiet cul-de-sac tucked behind High Holborn. Unassuming from the outside, the interior reveals impressive stained-glass windows with scenes from the Old and New Testaments, flanked by statues of English martyrs. Indeed this church is a true survivor: it endured through the English Reformation, the Great Fire of London, and the Blitz. Now hemmed in on all sides by newer brick buildings, it is England’s oldest Catholic church—a 13th-century legacy from the reign of Edward I.