CHRISTMAS AT THE CATHEDRAL

While they were there, the time came to deliver her child. 

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth,

and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. 

Luke 2:6,7

Christmas at the Cathedral

Looking for information about
Christmas at the Cathedral? It's here.

 

Our culture promotes the days leading up to Christmas as a time of spending, acquiring, cooking, partying and decorating--of giving our time, money and attention over to the pursuit of something called "getting ready for Christmas," with the goal of a rather unrealistic fantasy of what the day will be for ourselves and our families. (And the day after Thanksgiving--a national holiday meant to be a time of gratitude and reflection upon our many blessings--is immediately followed by a day focused on acquiring material goods, popularly called "Black Friday.")  

 

As Christians, we approach the season before Christmas quite differently. Advent is a time of reflection, study and prayer, in preparation for receiving Christ in our hearts and in our lives. Advent is the first season in the church's year, and is “traditionally regarded as one of two penitential seasons (the other being Lent). But Advent is better thought of as a season of solemn preparation for remembering Christ’s incarnation at Christmas and for anticipating the eschatalogical fulfillment of his promise to return in power and great glory. The season’s biblical readings focus on the end time and on God’s promises for the people of Israel and the church of Christ.” {A Dictionary for Episcopalians by John N. Wall; Cowley Publications} 

At Christ Church Cathedral, our observance includes not only the traditional music and readings appointed for the season of Advent during our regular worship, but the special offerings listed below.  But Advent is not about doing things--it may be that this season is a time for you to do less. Take advantage of any of the following offerings, as you wish, but keep in mind that adding more to your to-do list is not the point!  As with everything at CHrist Church Cathedral, our Advent observances and offerings are open to all, regardless of whether you are an "official member" of this parish. 

Advent meditation emails

Whose meditation will we link this year? 

Advent Fair

Sunday, December 2, 10:10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Sunday school classrooms (top floor of parish house); no registration required
People of all ages can learn more about this season of preparation at the Advent Fair. Visit Room 14 (upstairs) to find supplies for Advent wreath making, and a brief presentation on the significance of the Advent wreath. There will also be a variety of Advent crafts and decoration-making especially suited to young children in Room 7. Nearby, one of our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atria will be open where adults and children are invited to stop by and hear about the “people who have walked in darkness” and some of the other prophecies associated with this season. The suggested donation for Advent wreath materials is $12. 

Advent Quiet Day

Saturday, December 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. // led by Father Martin Laird
Suggested donation: $25, and $7 for lunch // READ MORE HERE

Winter Solstice Concert

Friday, December 21, 7:30 p.m. // Virginia Girls Choir and Sanctuary, the Compline Choir
Adults, $20; students, $10 // tickets available here and in the parish office (online sales will close the morning of the concert, but tickets will still be available in the parish office)

On the longest night of the year, join us for a candlelight concert celebrating the lengthening of days and the coming of light. Sung by the Virginia Girls Choir and Sanctuary (the Compline choir), the concert will feature musical reflections on light from composers across the ages. 

Pageant

The annual children's pageant takes place Sunday, December 15, at 9:30 a.m.   If you want to learn more about participating in the pageant, please follow this link. 

Abundant Gifts Catalog

St. Stephen's offers an alternative gifts catalog from which you may purchase gifts that benefit others. The gift suggestions come from our outreach partners, including Fairfield Court Elementary School, Peter Paul Development Center and Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School in the East End of Richmond, as well as national and international partnerships. Gifts are available in a wide price range. Pick up a catalog at any of the welcome tables or Information Central at church.

Angel Tree

Each year members of the Cathedral family provide Christmas gifts for children of our partners in the Mobile Police Department's Family Intervention Team.  On the first Sunday in Advent, you may stop by the tree (in the chapter house) and select an ornament from the tree with a list of needs, purchase the gifts, and return them to church.  Gifts must be at the church by December 15.

The Daily Office

In addition to these special offerings, Advent is a particularly appropriate time to adopt a new spiritual practice like reading the Daily Office at home. Visit our Worship page  for more information on our year-round offerings in worship and prayer.   

QUESTIONS

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call the parish office at 251.438.1822.

ALL services and offerings at Christ Church Cathedral are open to everyone. 

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SERVICE TIMES
SUNDAYS  10:00 am 
Holy Eucharist, Rite II 

WEDNESDAYS   Noon in the Church 
Holy Eucharist, Rite II 

OFFICE HOURS
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday

 

ADDRESS

251.438.1822

 

115 South Conception Street

Mobile, Alabama 36602

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