Christmas Eve & Day

Christmas Eve 

All are warmly welcome to take part in any of the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. The Cathedral is an accessible building. *See below for details. 

1pm - Gospel for the City: A Community Sing-along & Children's Message 

The Cathedral’s St. Brigid’s congregation offers this lively, music-filled service for the whole city. Jazz musician Ben Dobyns leads the music. The service includes reading of scripture passages about Jesus' birth, short prayers, and a children's talk. Come sing your heart out! 

4pm  - Carols for the City 
The Salvation Army’s Cariboo Hill Temple Band leads this Christmas Eve service which has become a tradition in the city. Sing along with the band to your favourite carols and hymns, hear the reading of the nativity story, and join together with the rest of the city in celebrating the joy of Christmas. This service is also available by livestream.

8pm & 11pm - Mass for the City 
On this holy night, join the city in prayer at this traditional Anglican Eucharist service. The Cathedral choir provides music, filling the service with hymns that tell the story of this night. All are welcome.  This service is also available by livestream.

Christmas Day 

8am - Holy Communion. Celebrate the wonder of Christmas morning with this quiet, traditional Anglican Eucharist service from the Book of Common Prayer. 

10:30am - Choral Eucharist. Celebrate with this traditional Anglican Eucharist service from the Book of Alternative Services.  

*Doors open for the general public 40 minutes prior to each service. Entry via the doors at Burrard & Georgia (at the top of the steps) 
*For folks with mobility challenges, or families with children in strollers, the Georgia St. laneway doors (the doors with the ramp) will open 50 minutes prior to each service. 
Lift Up Your Heart in Prayer

Throughout Advent (the four weeks before Christmas) the Cathedral offers a variety of special prayer services and opportunities for retreat and reflection. 

Sunday, December 3 - First Sunday of Advent 
4pm - Advent Lessons & Carols
Mark the start of Advent with this traditional, candlelight, service. The award-winning Cathedral choir fills the service with gorgeous advent hymns. Scripture readings tell the story of God’s love for humanity and presence in the world. All are welcome.

Saturday December 9 
9:30am to 12:30pm - Travelling in the Dark - A Quiet Morning
In our current reality of rapid change, political and social polarity, and climate crisis, fear can grow and spread faster than a virus. “What has come into being in him was life and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” Jn 1:3-5. Join us for a quiet morning exploring the spirituality and medicine of darkness through poetry, music, guided experiential contemplative exercises and stillness. Led by The Rev. Dixie Black. Harp music by The Rev. Clare Morgan. No registration needed. 

Sunday, December 17 - Third Sunday of Advent 
4pm - Nine Lessons & Carols 
Led by the Cathedral choir, this service consists of alternating scripture passages and music which tell the story of God’s history with humanity. Let the music wash over you and fill you with the sense of God’s love for the world.

Tuesday, December 19 
6pm - Blue Advent Service 
This gathering is for any who find the holiday season challenging. This gentle service is time and space for quiet and rest; for acknowledging loss; for sitting with sorrow; for attending to silence; for naming our longings; and for hoping in the peace, love, and true joy of the season. All are warmly welcome. While reservation is not mandatory, to ensure we prepare enough resources and booklets, you are invited to let us know you wish to attend here


Gather, Learn, Grow
Here are some gatherings - talks, study series, spiritual practices and other activities - to help enrich your Advent experience.

Wednesday, November 29 - Wednesday, December 13. 
6pm -Winter Night: Poetry & Practice. Online. 
In an often hectic season, you are invited to come to the quiet. Make your favourite cup and tea and gather your art supplies. Bring whatever crafty endeavour you are currently working on - or simply take some rest. There will be seasonal poetry and our time will be graced by beautiful music. Register here to receive the Zoom link. The link will be sent out before the first session. 

Sunday December 3
12pm - 1:30pm - Family Advent Wreath Making & Lunch
Advent wreaths are a physical way to mark the journey toward Christmas. Join the Cathedral Families Ministry to make your own advent wreath. Lunch will be provided. You can also pick up an Advent Calendar to use at home. For more information contact 

Sunday, December 10 
9:15am - Ponder these things: reflections on Mary. A 40 Minute Forum. 
The Rev. Areeta Bridgemohan leads this Advent themed forum reflecting on a variety of images of Mary and her significance in our tradition. Join us in the Park Room. Free. No registration required. 

Wednesday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 20
6pm - 7:30pm, Online. The Upper Zoom Advent Interlude: Reconciling Nativity stories in Matthew & Luke. 
Familiar Nativity plays and movies combine aspects of Matthew & Luke's Nativity narratives into a single drama. Many scholars, however, see the two narratives as fundamentally at odds, with seemingly irreconcilable differences. And yet, they dovetail quite neatly. Join the Rev. Adam Dawkins in the Upper Zoom for this in-depth look at these distinct but complementary accounts of Jesus’ nativity. Email to get the Zoom link. 

Saturday, December 16 
9:30am - 11:30am - Advent Holy Hike 
Join us for a gentle hike in Pacific Spirit Park, from 9.30-11.30am. We'll meet in the parking lot on W 16th Ave (4915 W 16th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6R 3E9). We will walk, enjoy each other's company and give thanks to God for the beauty of creation. All ages welcome. Friendly dogs are welcome too. We will hike rain or sun (not snow), so dress for the weather! Bring water bottles, a snack, and comfortable shoes. Feel free to show up on the day of, registration is preferred because a confirmation email will be sent the day before the hike. Register here

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