Who We Are

 As an Anglican church in downtown Charleston, the Cathedral Church of St Luke and St Paul exists to worship God through beautiful, accessible Anglican worship. As we are formed in the gospel, we seek to love our neighbors, communities, and city. This is where the heart of God meets the heart of Charleston. 

Mission

Leaders

Beliefs

Tradition

Our Mission

To be the Heart of God for the Heart of Charleston.

Worship

Through beautiful music, engaging liturgy, gospel-centered preaching, and weekly Communion, we glorify God as we are transformed by our encounter with him. 

 

Discipleship

We are committed to growing more into the likeness of Christ as individuals and a community. To that end, we study Scripture, join in prayer, and gather in homes to share meals and our lives with one another.

 

Mission

Because the gospel is good news for the whole world, we seek to join God in his mission of renewal in our neighborhoods, city, and throughout the world. 

 

Our Leaders

Our Beliefs

The Gospel

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We believe that our Triune God is bringing salvation and restoration to his broken creation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Everyone who trusts in the finished work of Christ is made righteous in Christ and invited to join God in his work of renewal in the world.

The Creeds

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The Cathedral of St Luke and St Paul is part of the historic, orthodox Christian Church and holds to the beliefs as outlined  in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. These creeds serve as the touchstones for all faithful Christians and we affirm this through our weekly confession of the creeds in our Sunday worship gatherings.

Our Tradition

Heritage

Anglicanism originated during the English Reformation, but its roots can be traced back to the early Church. Because of our unique history, Anglicans are a blend of several great traditions of Christianity. Anglicans are Reformed, Catholic, and Evangelical. At its best, Anglicanism can hold these three streams in a healthy, beautiful tension.

Distinctives

The two foundations of Anglican belief and practice are the 39 Articles and the Book of Common Prayer. Emerging from the English Reformation, the 39 Articles serves as the primary doctrinal statement for Anglicanism while the Book of Common Prayer provides the shape and substance of public and private devotional life. 

Association

The Cathedral is a part of  the Diocese of South Carolina and a member of the Anglican Church in North America. We are committed to an episcopal form of church governance and are submitted to the leadership of our bishop, Mark Lawrence and our Archbishop, Foley Beach. Our church is a member of the Gospel Coalition fellowship of churches. 

Anglicans are Reformed

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As a church birthed out of the Reformation, Anglicans acknowledge that the Scriptures contain everything necessary for salvation. In them, we discover our need for the redemption that is only offered by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. The church is always called to be reforming in light of Scripture, as we seek to submit our traditions and beliefs to its authority.
 

Anglicans are Catholic

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The roots of Anglicanism stretch back to the first centuries of the church. For this reason, we seek to maintain our identity as catholic Christians through our robust commitment to historic liturgy and regular practice of the sacraments. Anglicans seek to embrace elements of worship and theology that have been practiced throughout the history of the Church while while continuing to seek fresh ways in which that truth can be expressed in our day.

ANGLICANS ARE EVANGELICAL

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 Evangelicalism traces its roots to the First Great Awakening. The movement stressed the importance of personal salvation and the ongoing work of the Spirit in the work of sanctification. This evangelical heritage continues to play an important role in Anglicanism in America and throughout the world. At the Cathedral we cherish these roots and seek to maintain an emphasis on personal transformation while being open to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our church. 

39 Articles of Religion

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This historic document, finalized in 1571, is the clearest doctrinal formulation found within Anglicanism. They were originally penned by Thomas Cranmer, the father of Anglicanism, to outline the doctrine and practice of Anglicanism over and against Roman Catholicism and other churches of the Reformation.
 

The Book of Common Prayer

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Since the earliest days of the Anglican church, we have been united by a common order and form of worship, outlined and prescribed by our Book of Common Prayer. Although this book has undergone various changes and adaptations through the centuries, its familiar rhythms and language bind Anglicans together in common praise of our Triune God.

Cathedral history

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Since 1816 the Cathedral has sought to bear witness to the gospel on the corner of Coming and Vanderhorst streets in Charleston. Though the church was founded by planters and built by the hands of slaves, God has mercifully allowed the church to bear witness of Him through sin and despair, through grace and hope. Despite a past marred by sin and a present mired in change, we believe that God has called the Cathedral Church of St Luke and St Paul to continue this witness as the heart of God for the heart of Charleston.