Advent & Christmas Worship


Advent Lessons & Carols
Sunday, November 27 at 5 PM

From Darkness to Light is the theme of this year’s Advent Lessons & Carols on Sunday, November 27 at 5:00 PM in the Cathedral. Advent is the beginning of our Church Year, and its signs and symbols remind us that we are in a season of preparation and waiting.  Filled with tradition, the universal symbol of lighting a candle reminds us that though we live in a dark world, at the heart of the Christian Gospel is the message of hope. Advent is rich in music and verse, including some of the finest poetry in scripture; the prophecies of Isaiah and the heroic stories of John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary. Sometimes our lives are dark, but year by year we light a candle in a dark room, affirming that God has already lit a candle in our dark world. We invite you to come to Lessons and Carols, help us light the candle, hear the words of our story, sing the sometimes quiet and thunderous melodies, prepare, wait, and know that ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never overcome it.’ Come, be with us.

Christmas Pageant
Saturday, December 17 

4:30 PM Music & Meditation
5:00 PM Come and hear the story we love and treasure told by the children of the Cathedral.

Sunday, December 18 at 7 PM

The 3rd annual ‘Sing-along’ performance of the mostly Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. Come, bring your score, sit in your preferred section, enjoy the arias by soloists Christa Warda (soprano), Lauren Curnow (alto), Gregory Oaten (tenor), Donald Barnum (bass), and when we get to the choruses, stand and sing your heart out with conductor David Macbeth and organist Stephen Williams. ($10 or more suggested donation at the door.)

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Tuesday, December 20 at 7 PM

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols by candlelight will include music by recent composers sung by the Cathedral Choir accompanied by harpist Andrea Wittchen, flutist Elaine Martin and organist Stephen Williams. Come, bring family and friends, experience the joy of Christmas! ($10 suggested donation)

Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24
5 PM Festive Eucharist, Special Music, and Children’s Sermon
10 PM Music for Brass & Organ
10:30 PM Candlelight Festival Eucharist

Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25
10 AM Holy Eucharist with Music
3 PM Organ Noëls with Stephen Williams, organist, and guests baritone Ian Murphy and soprano Lauren Smith. A wonderful, unique tradition, and great way to spend Christmas afternoon!

Celtic Spirituality Night
Saturday, December 31 at 5 PM

Celtic Christmas, Candlelight, Live Christmas Celtic Music

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