Lift Up Your Heart in Prayer

Sunday, November 27 the Advent wreath will be blessed and lit to symbolize the start of the Advent season. During the four weeks of Advent, all Sunday services will start with the lighting of the wreath. One additional candle will be lit each week. 

Here are other special services happening this Advent: 

Sunday, November 27 - First Sunday of Advent 

3pm - Advent Lessons & Carols
Mark the start of Advent by joining in this traditional, candlelight, Anglican 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.

Tuesday, December 6

6:30pm - Awaiting: Songs for the Road to Bethlehem
This special worship event will feature Advent prayers and music both modern and contemplative, featuring familiar music from Taize and other well-known hymns and worship songs.Music will be presented from Rev. Clare Morgan and Lauren Odile Pinkney, and we are hoping to include special musical guests!Email Lauren or Clare for more information.

Saturday December 17 

9:30am to 12:30pm - Quiet Morning
The Rev. Harold Munn leads this quiet morning at the Cathedral. It will be a time for stillness and contemplation to focus on the arrival of Jesus in our world and our hearts. Register HERE to attend. This event is free. 

Sunday, December 18 - Fourth Sunday of Advent 

3pm- Nine Lessons & Carols 
Start Christmas week surrounded by joy and wonder. Christmas Lessons & Carols is a service of readings and music interspersed. Together they tell the story of God’s presence in the world and human history. The Cathedral Choir leads this service, which has become an annual tradition in the city. All are welcome.

Tuesday, December 20

6:30pm -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. This service will also be available via livestream at

Throughout Advent there are several formation opportunities available to take part in. Pick your favourite and dive into the meaning of this season.

November 30, December 7 and 14 - EE Cummings & The Joyful Poetry of Advent
You are warmly invited to join in on this beautiful study created by the Salt Project. The Rev. Melanie Calabrigo and the Rev. Clare Morgan faciliate this study on Zoom. Register here to receive the link and further details. 

40 Minute Forums - Sunday Mornings at 9:15am. 
The forums take place between Sunday morning service. All are welcome to attend these free sessions: 

December 4 - the Rev. Dixie Black on the Spirituality of Illness 

December 11- Christmas Fair 
9:15am - 12pm in the Parish Hall. A selection of jams, jellies, and handmade gifts are available for purchase. This year all proceeds from the fair will be given the WISH Drop-in Centre Society, which works to improve the safety and well-being of women who are involved in Vancouver’s street-based sex trade by providing access to opportunities to make free, healthy and positive choices.

December 11 - The Rev. Adam Dawkins - Comparing the nativity narratives in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew

December 18  - The Rev. Adam Dawkins - Comparing the nativity narratives in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew 



Christmas Eve & Day

Christmas Eve 

To attend the 1pm and 4pm services, a free wristband is required. Starting December 1, a number of wristbands will be available at the Cathedral for seniors, people with mobility issues, and families with young children. Wristbands will also be available on Christmas Eve beginning at noon until supplies last. Check back here for updates on wristband availability. 

1pm - Gospel for the City 
The Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir leads this uplifting musical service filled with beloved Christmas carols and hymns and reading of the story of Jesus’ birth. This family-friendly service will have you singing - and dancing - in your seats. Start your Christmas with the sheer joy of this service. You can attend in person or via livestream. 

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 - 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.

11pm - Mass for the City 
As stillness descends on the city on this holy night, celebrate the birth of Jesus with the Cathedral with this traditional Anglican Eucharist service.

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.