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Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer

The Cathedral of the Redeemer (Catedral del Redentor) is a Protestant (Anglican) church in Madrid. It is the principal church of the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain which is a member of the Anglican Communion.

Cathedral of the Redeemer
Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer
Catedral del Redentor (Madrid) 01.jpg
Facade, view from Calle de la Beneficencia
Cathedral of the Redeemer is located in Spain
Cathedral of the Redeemer
Cathedral of the Redeemer
40°25′35″N 3°41′55″W / 40.4263°N 3.6985°W / 40.4263; -3.6985Coordinates: 40°25′35″N 3°41′55″W / 40.4263°N 3.6985°W / 40.4263; -3.6985
LocationCalle de la Benficiencia, 18
Madrid
CountrySpain
DenominationAnglican, Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain
ChurchmanshipEpiscopal
Websitecatedralanglicana.es
History
StatusCathedral
Founded1869
DedicatedSeptember 1894
Past bishop(s)Arturo Sánchez Galán, Juan Bautista Cabrera
Architecture
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Enrique Repullés Segarra
StyleNeogothic
Groundbreaking1891
Completed1893
Specifications
Number of domesNone
Number of spiresNone
MaterialsCement, brick and stone
BellsNone
Administration
DioceseReformed Episcopal Church of Spain
Clergy
Bishop(s)Carlos López Lozano
DeanVacant
Priest(s)Aloysi Busquets, Spencer Reece, Duane Alexander Miller
Deaconess(es)Natalia Flores
Laity
Organist(s)Beatriz Mendoza

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History and locationEdit

The church is at Calle de la Beneficencia, 18 in the Justicia neighborhood, belonging to the Centro region of the capital.

 
Interior of the cathedral from the rear entry.

However, the congregation of Redeemer is older than the building at Beneficencia. The congregation was founded in 1869 and originally met at Plaza de Santa Catalina de los Donados. Services started at the present location on 27 September 1891.[1] The founding pastor of the congregation was Antonio Carrasco (d. 1873). The congregation was one of the founding churches of the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain at the founding synod that Church on 2 March 1880.[2] Built in the neogothic style, it was designed by Enrique Repullés Zegarra.[3] The ground was broken for the construction of the church building on 19 March 1891 at the present location at Calle de la Beneficencia at what was formerly the barracks of Saint Matthew.[4] The opening of the church was planned for 1892, but had to be delayed until 1893.

It was during the sixth synod of the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain, which took place from 21 to 25 September 1894, that the cathedral building was consecrated. It was also during this synod that Juan Bautista Cabrera, the Church's first bishop, was ordained bishop by three bishops of the Church of Ireland. The church was not allowed to open its principal doors for worship until 1905; during that time worshipers had to enter through a smaller side door.[5]

The organ of the cathedral was built by Juan Francisco Sanchez. It was a gift from Queen Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg.[6]

On 28 May 1967 Ramón Taibo, formerly pastor of Redeemer, was consecrated as the third bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain.[7] On 31 October 1981 Arturo Sanchez Galan was consecrated bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain at the cathedral, and there were some eight bishops in attendance.[8]

It is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Spain.[9] Since 1995 its chief pastor is Bishop Carlos López Lozano.[10]

According to the cathedral website, "The cathedral structure is one of three building structures, the central one is the cathedral itself, appropriately decorated. To its right is the old cathedral school which was closed by the Franco regime in 1939. The left wing is the old residence where the bishop once resided and now administrative church offices are found."[11]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ de Olaiz Fresno, Miguel (1994). La Iglesia Catedral del Redentor. IERE. p. 3.
  2. ^ Busquets, José (1980). Cien Años de Testimonio: 1880–1980. Spain: IERE. p. 17.
  3. ^ Robles Muñoz, Cristóbal (2001). "La otra catedral, y el otro obispo de Madrid". Anales de Historia Contemporanea. 17: 227–249.
  4. ^ Busquets, José (1980). Cien Años de Testimonio: 1880–1980. Madrid, Spain: IERE. p. 20.
  5. ^ de Olaiz Fresno, Miguel (1994). La Iglesia Catedral del Redentor. IERE. p. 4.
  6. ^ "Musica de la Catedral". Catedral Anglicana. IERE. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  7. ^ de Olaiz Fresno, Miguel (1994). La Iglesia Catedral del Redentor. Madrid: IERE. p. 7.
  8. ^ "Historia". Iglesia Espanola Reformada Episcopal. IERE. Archived from the original on 26 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  9. ^ Miller, Duane. "Celebrating the Reformation in Spain". VirtueOnline. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  10. ^ Conger, George. "Extra-provincial dioceses under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury–Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church". Anglican Ink. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Historia - Catedral". Catedral del Redentor. IERE. Retrieved 22 October 2017.

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