Advent

For four Sundays prior to Christmas, the Church observes a season of waiting, anticipation, and preparation known as Advent.


The Four Sundays of Advent

Each of the four Sundays of Advent is unique. The First Sunday of Advent features an Advent Procession, during which you will be treated to the choir singing from different parts of the church. The first half of the service is a woven tapestry of the entirety of Advent presented through music, word, and prayer, and dramatically ends with the singing of Come, thou Redeemer of the earth.

The Second Sunday of Advent features the Great Litany, in which the choir and clergy walk in a long procession through the aisles of the nave, among the congregation, as we ask God to hear our prayers.

The Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete) is a time of rejoicing, as we are now very close to the arrival of Christ.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent always falls within the week before Christmas Eve. In the morning we offer a Choral Eucharist at 11am sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir. This service is an Advent service and has the propers (the readings and prayers) associated with the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Then, in the afternoon, the doors open at 3pm for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at 4pm, which transitions us to Christmas services.

Below you’ll find information about other special services during Advent.


Advent and Christmas 2019

December 1-December 29

December 1 (Advent Sunday)

    • 11am Advent Procession and Choral Eucharist
    • 4pm Advent Procession
    • 5:15pm Organ Recital: Nicholas Quardokus, Assistant Organist

December 4

5:30pm Choral Evensong


December 8 (The Second Sunday of Advent)

    • 11am Litany and Choral Eucharist
    • 4pm Choral Evensong
    • 5:15pm Organ Recital: Jennifer Pascual

December 10 and 12

7:30pm Handel’s Messiah (These are ticketed concerts)


December 15 (The Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete)

    • 11am Festal Eucharist
    • 4pm Festal Evensong
    • 5:15pm Organ Recital: Benjamin Sheen, Associate Organist

December 17

5:30pm The Blessing of the Crèche and Christmas Pageant
A service for children and their families


December 18

    • 12:10pm A Service of Lessons and Carols
    • 5:30pm Choral Evensong with the Gentlemen of the Choir

December 19

5:30 pm Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” (A ticketed concert)


December 21

4:00pm A Service of Lessons and Carols


December 22 (The Fourth Sunday of Advent)

    • 11am Choral Eucharist sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir
    • 4pm A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

December 24 (Christmas Eve)

Doors open at 9am and close at 1pm

12:10pm Holy Eucharist (short, said Mass)

Doors re-open at 3pm and close at 5:30pm

4pm A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Doors re-open at 10pm

    • 10:30pm Christmas Music for Organ and Brass
    • 11pm Solemn Eucharist of the Nativity (Midnight Mass)

December 25 (Christmas Day)

Doors open at 10am

11am Solemn Eucharist of the Nativity


December 29 (The First Sunday in Christmas)

11am Festal Eucharist sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir

Doors close at 1pm


Regular Service Times

    • Sunday: 8am, 9am, 11am, 4pm
    • Monday through Friday: 8am, 12:10pm, & 5:30pm
    • Saturday: 12:10 pm, Confessions 11:00-11:45am