Services & Events

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7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong
6:30pm Summer Lates

Services & Events

Unless stated, all services and events during Advent and Christmas are free and unticketed.

Doors generally open one hour before the published start times.

Many of the services are popular and unfortunately we are often unable to accommodate all who wish to join us.
We advise early arrival, especially on December 17, 23 and 24.


Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November
6pm - Advent Procession
One of the year’s most dramatic services as a procession moves from darkness to light. Words and music focus on the Advent theme of light in darkness, hope in despair, and a new relationship with God in Christ. Sung by the Cathedral Choir.

Thursday 1 December
6.30pm – Messiah - George Frideric Handel

The Cathedral Choir and Chorus perform Handel’s perennial favourite with the City of London Sinfonia. Conducted by Andrew Carwood.


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Saturday 3 December
10.30am to 5pm – Behold the Lamb of God - Handel's Messiah 

St Paul's Cathedral Director of Music Andrew Carwood will explore in this reflective day at St Kathereine's Foundation in Limehouse how this great work illuminates the story of the life of Christ, and what it can offer us as a way to consider our own journey to salvation. See the link above for further information.

Sunday 4 December
1pm - Sunday Forum: Barbara Mosse - Light in the Darkness

Advent is a season of watchful reflection, full of the symbolism of dark and light. We are called to contemplate the unseen workings of God in preparation for new life and new hope. Priest and writer Barbara Mosse will explore the many gifts of God to be found, and the wisdom to be found in the seasons of the church year as we begin them once again. See the Sunday Forum link above for further information.

Wednesday 7 December
3.30pm -  Broadcast of Choral Evensong by the BBC.


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

Celebrity readers join the Cathedral Choir and City of London Sinfonia for this popular annual celebration. Music conducted by Andrew Carwood.

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Saturday 17 December
11am - Family Carols
Enjoy Christmas favourites in a service lasting 45 minutes, sung by the chamber choir, Cantate. Children especially welcome. ~With puppeteer Simon Buckley.

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.