Advent and Christmas 2018

28 November 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…at Wakefield Cathedral

Wakefield Cathedral is preparing for Christmas with plenty of opportunities for people of the city and beyond and for those of faith and no faith to come together to prepare for and celebrate the birth of Christ this Advent and Christmas

Our volunteer flower arrangers are busy creating our Advent wreath and flowers to decorate the church this season and it all starts with the Advent Carol Service at 15.30 on Sunday December 2 with readings, carols and hymns to begin the Advent journey.

On Friday December 7 at 19.00 there is a unique opportunity to hear the cathedral choir and youth choir of our sister cathedral in Skara, Sweden share with us their Lucia Celebrations with the St Lucia concert. Saint Lucy – the bearer of light - holds a special place in the hearts of Swedish people and this service is traditionally held at the darkest time of the year as we prepare to receive Christ and his light into our hearts this Christmas. The service will start in darkness, the cathedral will gradually be lit by light as the first of the Advent Candles is taken in procession through the church.

On Saturday December 8 14.30-15.30 is our Community Children’s Christmas party in the Treacy Hall with arts crafts and games and the opportunity to make your own decorations to hang on our 12 ft Christmas tree in the Cathedral or take them home.

On Sunday December 9 we host the Wakefield Hospice Light Up A Life at 14.00 – 15.15 and again at 17.00 – 18.15.There will be two services on this day to remember those loved ones not here at this special time of year.

On Wednesday December12at 19.00 we host the Mayor’s Civic Carol Service and on Tuesday December 18 it’s our City Carols and a chance to escape the Christmas shopping and have a short time of peace and reflection with popular readings and Christmas carols.

Friday December 21 is our popular Carols by Candlelight at 19.30. This is a ticketed event and tickets are selling fast. They are available from the office or the Cathedral Shop.

There will be the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols telling the story of the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus in readings interspersed with carols, hymns and other choral music sung by the Cathedral Choir on Sunday December 23 at 15.30.

And on Christmas Eve we have our Christingle at 16.00 with the opportunity for you to be part of the nativity story – come dressed as your favourite character.

We are pleased to announce we have the Anglican Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines at our Midnight Mass at 23.00 on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day will see two Eucharist Services one at 09.15 and at 11.00 to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Come and join us.

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