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. This year, we are inviting the Chichester community and beyond to come together in celebration, under the banner of Drop Down, Ye Heavens – referring to the ancient Advent antiphon Rorate caeli: ‘Drop down ye heavens, and let the skies pour down righteousness’.

Our schedule of special services for this season, to which all are welcome, can be found below.

Due to limited capacity as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, advance booking is essential to attend these services. Booking for the Cathedral Carol Services will be available from Monday 7 December, and for services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from Monday 14 December - please click here

Alternatively, many of our Christmas services will be available to watch live on the Cathedral website - please click here

ADVENT PROCESSION
Sunday 6 December at 4.30pm
A special candlelit service moving from darkness to light, as we await the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ, with readings and carols sung by the Cathedral Choir.

THE CATHEDRAL CAROL SERVICES
Saturday 19 December at 4.00pm
Saturday 19 December at 6.00pm
Sunday 20 December at 4.00pm
Sunday 20 December at 6.00pm

A celebration of Christmas in a service of lessons and carols sung by the Cathedral Choir.

These services are now fully booked - click here to watch the service at 6pm on Saturday 19 December live or afterwards

CHRISTMAS EVE
5.30pm - First Evensong of Christmas - sung by the Cathedral Choir
7.30pm - Said Christmas Eucharist with organ music - preceded by a short Organ Recital by Charles Harrison, Cathedral Organist and Master of the Choristers, at 7.00pm
11.30pm - Midnight Mass - sung by the Cathedral Choir, led by The Bishop of Chichester

Booking essential due to limited capacity - click here to book from Monday 14 December
If you are not able to attend the services in person, click here to watch live or afterwards

CHRISTMAS DAY
8.00am
- Holy Communion (BCP - said)
9.30am and 11.00am - Christmas Day Eucharists - sung by the Cathedral Choir

Booking essential at the 9.30am and 11.00am services due to limited capacity - click here to book from Monday 14 December
If you are not able to attend the services in person, click here to watch the 9.30am Eucharist live or afterwards

Please note - the Cathedral will close to the public for the rest of the day following the 11.00am Eucharist.