The Lord is coming, always coming.

When you have ears to hear and eyes to see,

you will recognize him at any moment of your life.

Life is Advent; life is recognizing

the coming of the Lord.

- Henri Nouwen

 

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Everyone 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to attend services. The 8am service on December 25 will not require vaccine passports, but capacity will be limited to 50 percent.

Christmas Eve

Gospel for the City | 1pm 
Celebrate the holiest night of the year in song. The Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir leads this music filled, family friendly service. Sing along to beloved Christmas carols, hear the Christmas story, and enjoy an all-ages reflection on what this night means.
*ASL Interpretation available*
*Live stream available* 

Carols for the City  | 4pm 
Let the sounds of brass lift your spirits and fill your heart with the joy of this night. The Caribou Hill Salvation Army Temple Band leads this musical service featuring traditional Christmas hymns and carols, the reading of the Christmas story and a brief reflection on the meaning of this night. 

*Live stream available*

Mass for the City | 8 pm & 11pm 
Enter into prayer with this traditional Christmas Eve service. The Very Rev. Christopher A. Pappas, Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, leads this service. The Rt. Rev. John Stephens, Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster preaches, and the Cathedral’s award-winning choir provides the music 
*8pm service will be live streamed* 

Christmas Day

Holy Eucharist | 8am
Greet the day with this quiet, reflective service. The Very Rev. Christopher A. Pappas presides and preaches. 

Choral Eucharist | 10:30am 
Celebrate Christmas Day with this festive, family friendly Eucharist Service. The Very Rev. Christopher A. Pappas presides and The Rev. Clare Morgan preaches. 
*Live stream available* 

The Sounds of the Season
Music is a large part of the Advent and Christmas journey a the Cathedral because of its ability to help lift our minds and hearts to God. Join in one of these musical services. Anyone 12 and older must be fully vaccinated in order to attend services.

Sunday November 28 | Advent Lessons & Carols - 3pm 
Open your heart to the mystery and wonder of the Advent season. This music-filled service is designed to help you start your journey toward Christmas. 

Advent Lessons and Carols is a unique service in the Anglican church. It consists of bible readings—lessons—interspersed with advent hymns. The readings foretell the birth of Jesus, Light of the World. This year, to mark the 45th anniversary of the ordination of women in the Anglican Church of Canada, the women clergy of the Diocese of New Westminster will read the lessons at this service. 

Sunday December 19 |  Nine Lessons & Carols - 3pm 
Start Christmas week by wrapping yourself in the mystery and beauty at the heart of this special season. Join Christ Church Cathedral’s choir in this annual service filled with traditional Christmas hymns and carols. 

December 24 |  Gospel for the City - 1pm 
Celebrate the holiest night of the year in song. The Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir leads this music filled, family friendly service. Sing along to beloved Christmas carols, hear the Christmas story, and enjoy an all-ages reflection on what this night means. 

December 24 | Carols for the City - 4pm 
Let the sounds of brass lift your spirits and fill your heart with the joy of this night. The Caribou Hill Salvation Army Temple Band leads this music filled service featuring traditional Christmas Hymns and Carols, the reading of the Christmas story and a brief reflection on what this night means. 

Sit in Prayer
Make time to still your mind and open your heart. Anyone 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to attend in-person gatherings at the Cathedral.

Wednesday, December 15 | Blue Advent: A Seasonal Service of Comfort & Contemplation - 7pm 
This gathering is for any who find the holiday season challenging: for those who carry pain and loss juxtaposed with celebration; for those who find that busyness has overshadowed or overwhelmed the meaning of the season. 

This 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. Featuring the gentle music of the Rev. Clare Morgan. You can attend in person, or participate on-line via livestream at thecathedral.ca/live 

Saturday, December 18 | A Quiet Morning with Mary, Mother of God -  9:30am - 12:30pm   
The Rev. Dixie Black and the Rev. Jeffrey Preiss host this quiet morning. Mothering and being mothered is a complex relationship for most of us. Mary as mother of God has been interpreted and used to establish and enforce standards of behaviour and nurturing that are not reasonable or even human. We will spend a morning in silence, working with images and prayers to understand, learn, heal, forgive, shed guilt and shame, and/or express our laments about 'mother'. All gender identities welcome. 

This gathering takes place in person at the Cathedral. 

Study and Formation Series
Advent is a time of waiting in hope for something new. As we wait we prepare ourselves for a new way of being. Why not make one of these series part of your advent journey? 

Mondays from November 29 - December 20 |  Bible, Tea & Toast Advent Series - 6:30pm on Zoom 
This Advent, BTT will be following the Way of Love Advent Calendar from the Episcopal Church. We will explore the seven practices of the Way of Love (Worship, Go, Learn, Pray, Turn, Bless and Rest) through weekly meetings and through daily practices on the Way of Love Advent calendar. Please email Jane or Jonathan for more information. 

Tuesdays from November 30 - December 21 |  Light of the World Book Study - 6pm on Zoom
The Rev. Melanie Calabrigo leads this biblical study focued on Light of the World: A Beginning’s Guide to Advent, by Amy-Jill Levine. In this study explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus and traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi. These stories open conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt.
This is a free online four-week offering. Please register here