Advent and Christmas

Advent marks the beginning of the Church's year, and is a season of reflection, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas. Our schedule of special services for these season, to which all are welcome, can be found below.

Saturday 30 November at 6.00pm
ADVENT PROCESSION

A special candlelit service moving from darkness to light, with readings and carols sung by the Cathedral Choir.

Monday 2 December at 2.30pm

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE  (Dementia friendly, booking is essential)

This Christmas Carol Service on has been specially developed to be dementia friendly. The service has been organised in partnership with the Chichester Anna Chaplaincy, the Alzheimer’s Society Chichester and Bognor Positive Thinkers, a group of people living well with dementia.  Residential Care Homes and Day Care Centres are welcome to bring groups. More details can be found here: Carol_Service_Dementia_Friendly_2.pdf

Tuesday 3 December at 1.45pm

'OUR CITY' CAROL SERVICE (For people with support needs, booking is essential)

The ‘Our City’ Carol Service on Tuesday 3 December at 1.45pm has been developed for people with support needs who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. The service has been organised in partnership with the Wrenford Centre for adults with learning difficulties and Coastal MIND. Day Care Centres etc. are welcome to bring groups. More details can be found here: Our_City_Carol_Service_2.pdf

Both these special services will celebrate Christmas with carols, short prayers, readings and a retelling of the Christmas story assisted by local school children and donkeys from Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary. All are invited for refreshments afterwards. There is no charge to attend but booking is essential, please contact sue.poil@chichestercathedral.org.uk or 01243 812497.

Thursday 19 December and Friday 20 December at 6.00pm, and Saturday 21 December at 3.00pm
THE CATHEDRAL CAROL SERVICES
A service of lessons and carols sung by the Cathedral Choir.
Please note that public seating for the Chichester Cathedral Carol Services are not ticketed, and seats in the nave and side aisles will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. (This new arrangement was introduced last year due to large reservations of tickets which were subsequently not used, resulting in people being unnecessarily disappointed). Doors will open an hour before each service.

 

Tuesday 24 December
SERVICES FOR CHRISTMAS EVE
2.30pm or 4.00pm
- Crib Services
Two opportunities to hear the Christmas story at this special service for young families. Children are encouraged to dress up as Angels, Shepherds and Wise Men.
5.30pm - Choral Evensong for Christmas Eve
11.00pm - Midnight Eucharist

Wednesday 25 December
SERVICES FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
8.00am
- Holy Communion (said)
10.00am - Choral Mattins
11.00am - Sung Eucharist
5.30pm - Evening Prayer (said)
The Cathedral will be closed from 12.30-5.00pm.

Throughout Advent, the Cathedral will be host to a number of Carol Services for local schools, colleges and other organisations, as well as other concerts and events. Details of all of these can be found in Services and Events.

Epiphany

The feast of Epiphany celebrates the arrival of the three Wise Men at Bethlehem, when the infant Jesus was presented with gifts of gold (symbolising kingship), frankincense (symbolising Jesus' priestly ministry) and myrrh (foreshadowing Jesus' death). The annual Epiphany Procession will take place on Sunday 12 January 2020 at 6.00pm.