Parish of St Matthew the Apostle,
Douglas, Isle of Man

History

1708 Consecration of Old St Matthew's

On 21st September 1708 Bishop Wilson dedicated the new chapel of ease in Braddan Parish. The following is Bishop Wilson’s prayer on that occasion:

    "And now, O God, we humbly beseech Thee, since Thy name is recorded in this place: let Thine eyes be open, and Thine ears attentive to the prayers that shall be made in it. May the inhabitants of this town never provoke Thee, by any wickedness, to withdraw Thy presence from this House, which we have dedicated to Thy honour; but may they, in all their necessities, have this place to flee unto, this House of Defence nigh at hand. May Thy Sabbaths be here remembered and devoutly kept; may Thy Sacraments be here administered and received with great devotion; may the youth be instructed and the aged put in mind of their duty, and all made living temples of the Holy Ghost! That Thou mayest bless us, and that we may in return honour Thee. "For Thou art worthy O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power:for Thou hast created all things, and forThy pleasure they are and were created". Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men, for ever and ever, Amen."

In 2008 we celebrated, not only the tercentenary of "Old St. Matthew's", but also the centenary of the completion and consecration of the chancel of the new building, where the sacraments continue to be administered and received with great devotion.

April 1912 St Matthew's Church Halls

In 2012 we celebrated the centenary of our halls

The Lieutenant Governor was ill, so his wife, Lady Raglan, performed the ceremony. The following is part of a longer report in “The Isle of Man Times”:

A very large congregation assembled to take part in the opening ceremonial, summoned to the vicinity of the Church by the vigorous playing of Saint Matthew’s Brass Band. The proceedings commenced with a special service in the church, at which the Reverend H. S. Taggart (the Vicar) and the Reverend Canon Savage (Vicar of Saint Thomas’s) presided. Every available seat in the Church was filled. A large body of the Manx clergy joined in the procession to the new building. During the singing of a hymn a collection was made in aid of the Building Fund and realized £42 10s. At the close of the devotional proceedings the surpliced choir and clergy, preceded by a handsome silk banner of Saint Matthew, passed slowly down the central aisle and proceeded to the door of the new schools. The Wardens handed Lady Raglan a silver key, with which she opened the door, formerly declaring the building open when all were assembled in the upper room. The Vicar expressed his thanks to the large number of friends who had assembled to show their interest and sympathy; and a message from the late Vicar, his father, from Hornsea: “Hearty congratulations and best wishes” was received with great applause. The Vicar went on to recall the wanderings and vicissitudes of Saint Matthew’s Sunday School during the last 34 years – first in the gallery of the old church; then in a disused billiard room in Peveril Buildings; then in a room over a chandler’s shop in Lord Street; and then in the old restored Grammar School in New Bond Street – Saint Matthew’s Hall – which for the last 30 years has been used as a centre for the growing parochial organisations.