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Advent and Christmas at St Paul's Cathedral 2016
Plan your visit this season
05 December 2016
From surprise special celebrity readers to your favourite carols, and the wonder and worship of God's mystery - there's something for everyone at St Paul's during Advent and Christmas.
Bring the children for a family-friendly carol service on a Saturday morning, join us for the Bishop of London's last Midnight Eucharist at the Cathedral, or take in an organ meditation in the New Year.
Wednesday 7 December 3.30pm - Broadcast of
Choral Evensong by the BBC. Join us as BBC Radio 3 plays this beautiful service live on air.
Saturday 10 December 5pm - Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten. The ever-popular work for boys’ voices and harp, performed by the Choristers of St Paul’s and Sioned Williams. Motets sung by the Vicars Choral and readings for Advent.
Thursday 15 December 6.30pm - A Celebration of Christmas We can't announce our celebrity readers yet but some special guests will join the Cathedral Choir and City of London Sinfonia for our popular annual celebration. Music conducted by Andrew Carwood. Sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group.
Saturday 17 December 11am - Family Carols Enjoy Christmas favourites in a service lasting 45 minutes, sung by the chamber choir, Cantate. Children are especially welcome and look out for puppeteer Simon Buckley in the pulpit.
Sunday 18 December 3.15pm – Choral Evensong Sung by the Cathedral Choir, including the Blessing of the Crib and the lighting of the Christmas trees.
Friday 23 December 4pm - Christmas Carol Service Sung by the Cathedral Choir.
Saturday 24 December, Christmas Eve 4pm - Christmas Carol Service Sung by the Cathedral Choir.
11.30pm - Midnight Eucharist The First Eucharist of Christmas with congregational carols and music sung by the Cathedral Choir. The Bishop of London will preside and preach.
Sunday 25 December, Christmas Day 8am - Holy Communion Book of Common Prayer
8.45am - Morning Prayer
11am - Sung Eucharist The principal service of the day with congregational carols and music sung by the Cathedral Choir. The Bishop of London will preside and the Dean of St Paul's will preach. 3.15pm - Festal Evensong The traditional choral service with congregational carols and music sung by the Cathedral Choir.
Monday 26 December 5pm – Evening Prayer with Carols For the Feast of St Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr
Tuesday 27 December 5pm – Evening Prayer with Carols
Wednesday 28 December 5pm – Evensong with Carols For the Feast of the Holy Innocents
Friday 6 January, The Feast of the Epiphany 5pm – Sung Eucharist
Sunday 8 January 6pm - La Nativité du Seigneur, Olivier Messiaen Messiaen’s organ meditation on the mystery of the birth of Christ, interspersed with readings and prayers. Performed by Peter Holder.
Sunday 15 January Sunday services as usual, including: 3.15pm - Epiphanytide Procession We celebrate the revelation of Christ to the world through the visit of the Magi to the infant Christ, his Baptism and his first miracle at the wedding at Cana in Galilee, in words and music. Sung by the Cathedral Choir.