Advent and Christmas
At Christmas-time, the Church rejoices that in Jesus Christ, the Creator entered the creation. God continues to come into the world every day in many ways, but especially in human acts of love and self-giving. At the Cathedral, we see God present in every visitor, in every generous donor, and especially in those who come here seeking food and clothing through our CCC program or care and education at The Cathedral School and ACT.
The weeks leading up to Christmas are a season called Advent. During Advent, we open our eyes in the hope of seeing the wonders happening all around us. This year more than most, we at the Cathedral know how much people need to see that in the dark streets, the everlasting light shines.
The Service of Lessons and Carols is a recent but now classical element of Anglican Liturgy, first instituted for Christmas Eve 1880 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Truro. This year, the Cathedral's Service of Lessons and Carols will be held virtually on our website, Facebook, and YouTube channel. The Bishop of New York will preside, and the Dean of the Cathedral will offer a reflection.
Following the format of the Cathedral’s usual Sunday and Feast Day services during the time of COVID, we celebrate a Service of the Word virtually at 11 am on Christmas Day. The Dean of the Cathedral presides, and the Bishop of New York preaches.