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Advent and Christmas Services

In Joyful Expectation and Triumphant Hope

Worship, Prayer and Christian Formation at Ely Cathedral - Advent, Christmas & Epiphany

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Our hope is in Jesus Christ, the light of the world, and this period of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany helps us turn towards him and celebrate his coming, and rejoice in the transforming joy that brings to the world. We celebrate God coming amongst us in the babe of Bethlehem and move from waiting to fulfilment, darkness to light - our great Creator, who was and is and is to come.

Advent & Christmas Services

Sunday 28 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 30 November, 7 & 14 December, 8pm
Advent Compline
A beautiful candlelit service in the Lady Chapel to help wind down at the end of the day.

Saturday 4 December, 3pm
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 5 December, 5.15pm
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 12 December, 4pm
Evensong featuring Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with The Girl Choristers

Accompanied by Anne Denholm, Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales from 2015-19.

Sunday 12 December, 6.30pm
Advent Taizé Service
Contemplative worship in the Taizé tradition.

Thursday 23 & Friday 24 December, 6pm
Carol Services
Sung by the Girl and Boy Choristers and Lower Voices of the Cathedral Choir.

Friday 24 December, Noon & 3pm
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!
The 3pm service will be British Sign Language interpreted.

Friday 24 December, 11pm
Midnight Mass
British Sign Language interpreted.

Saturday 25 December
10.30am Christmas Day Sung Eucharist
4pm Christmas Day Evensong

Sunday 26 December
10.30am Sung Eucharist
4pm (Rehearsal 2.15 - 4pm) Come and Sing Carols
Be part of the choir for an afternoon of favourite carols in this festive free-for-all!

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