The four week season of Advent leading up to Christmas, marks the beginning of the Church’s year. The emphasis in Advent is on waiting for the coming of God and so it is a season of hope as we seek to silence the noise of the  mind, be still, and wait in expectation.

Though Christmas carols are sung at many services through Advent, the season of Christmas itself really begins a few days before Christmas Day when the Cathedral, lit by thousands of Candles, celebrates, at two great candlelit concerts, the coming of the child of Bethlehem.

The Cathedral Carol Service, normally held on 23rd December, is one of the great occasions of the Cathedral’s year as hundreds of people pack the nave and aisles to hear and sing carols, both familiar and new, which herald the coming of God. This service and the services at midnight on Christmas Eve and on Christmas morning remind us again that the coming of God was, extraordinarily, through the life of a vulnerable child.

Advent and Christmas Service and Event Information

Details of our Advent and Christmas service and event highlights can be found on our What’s On pages for December, including our Advent Carol Service, Candlelit Concerts and Christmas Carol Service on 23 December

Click here for our general service times.