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Advent and Christmas Services

A Great and Mighty Wonder

Worship, Prayer and Christian Formation at Ely Cathedral

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We celebrate with great joy the coming of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, in these seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, as the child of Bethlehem. We rejoice in the revealing of God to all nations, peoples, languages and cultures throughout history, and especially to us in our own generation.

Advent & Christmas Services

Sunday 27 November, 6pm
Advent Procession
This awe-inspiring service helps us prepare our hearts and minds for the season of Advent, a time of patient waiting and joyful expectation.

Tuesdays 29 November, 6, 13 & 20 December, 8pm
Advent Compline
A beautiful candlelit service in the Lady Chapel to help wind down at the end of the day.

Saturday 3 December, 3pm (Livestreamed)
Christingle Service in aid of the Children’s Society
A family celebratory and community event. It is named after the Christingles that are lit during the service and made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle.

Sunday 4 December, 5.15pm (Livestreamed)
The Big Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on Service

Come and enjoy the biggest, most spectacular, Christmas tree in Ely as we count down to the switching on of the lights. This popular family event celebrates the festive season in song and prayer, concluding with the blessing of the magnificent tree!

Sunday 11 December, 4pm (Livestreamed)
Evensong featuring Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with The Girl Choristers
Accompanied by Anne Denholm, Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales 2015-19

Sunday 11 December, 6.30pm
Advent Taizé Service
Contemplative worship in the Taizé tradition.

Friday 23* & Saturday 24 December, 6pm (Livestreamed)
Carol Services
With the Girl Choristers, Boy Choristers, Choral Scholars and Lower Voices of the Cathedral Choir.
*British Sign Language Interpreted

Saturday 24 December, Noon & 3pm (Livestreamed)
Crib Services
The children of the Cathedral retell the story of Christmas in this wonderful tableau of shepherds, angels and wise men. Sing carols and enjoy this family friendly celebration to mark the birth of Jesus. Dressing up optional!
Sung by The Ely Imps. With special guest Marley The Donkey.
3pm: Sung by The Cathedral Choristers. With special guest Carrot The Donkey.

Saturday 24 December, 11pm (Livestreamed)
Midnight Mass
British Sign Language Interpreted

Sunday 25 December (Livestreamed)
10.30am Christmas Day Sung Eucharist
4pm Christmas Day Evensong