The Season of Advent

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Tales of Magi

December 4, 11 & 18, 10:15–11:00am in Roper Hall

Although we normally remember the Magi on the Feast of the Epiphany, this year we will journey with these learned Easterners toward Bethlehem during the season of Advent. The Magi from Matthew’s Gospel have been remembered through countless stories and works of art throughout the centuries. Join us for a panel discussion in which we will dive into works such as O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi,” T. S. Elliot’s poem “The Journey of the Magi,” and others. This class is designed to spark the imaginations of parishioners of all ages.

Transfigured Nights: Advent Lessons and Carols

December 4, 5:00pm in the Nave

Reflect on the themes of Advent through Scripture and music in this gorgeous Transfiguration tradition. Before we hurry to the manger in Bethlehem, let us remember the words of the prophets who foretold of the Savior’s birth.

Reading the Gospel of Matthew

December 10, 1:00–4:00pm on the Labyrinth

The Church’s new year begins on 1 Advent, and our Sunday morning gospel readings for this new year will draw primarily from Matthew’s Gospel. Join us for an afternoon reading through the entire book. We will take turns, going chapter by chapter, reading from our Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible.

Taizé for Advent

December 18, 6:00pm on the Labyrinth

While Advent is a season of prayerful introspection and hopeful expectation, too often we get lost in the rush of the holiday season. If you are looking for a way to prepare your heart for the birth of Christ, we hope you will join us for this service of song, prayer and silence. Participants will have the opportunity to walk the labyrinth and sing music from the community at Taizé.

The Longest Night: A Service of Remembrance, Consolation, and Assurance

December 21, 6:00pm in the Nave

Many in this season are not ready to sing “Joy to the World.” For some of us this is the first Christmas without someone we love. Others are hurting or still mourning losses from long ago. Join us as we gather to shed tears and cry out together “How long, O Lord?”

Christmas Eve

We begin our celebration of the birth of our Savior with four services filled with light, joy, and love.

Advent Pagent

December 24, 3:00 p.m. in the Nave

Watch the children of the parish re-tell the story of the birth of the Messiah in our annual Christmas Pageant. The service of Holy Eucharist includes anthems from the Holy Family choir and joyous carol-singing.

Childcare is available by our professional nursery staff for infants through 4-year olds.

Holy Eucharist with Children’s Choirs & Carols

A Carol Prelude will begin 30 minutes before this service.

December 24, 5:00 p.m. in the Nave

Hear the voices of the Canticle and Youth Choirs announce the birth of Christ at this family-filled Holy Eucharist with Christmas carols.

Childcare is available by our professional nursery staff for infants through 4-year olds.

Holy Eucharist with Special Music

December 24, 8:00 p.m. in the Nave

A thirty-minute prelude of carols, anthems, and voluntaries will precede this festive Eucharist with the Transfiguration Choir.

Childcare is available by our professional nursery staff for infants through 4-year olds.

Holy Eucharist with Special Music & Incense

A Carol Prelude will begin 30 minutes before this service.

December 24, 10:30 p.m. in the Nave

Our final Christmas Eve celebration will be a reprisal of the 8:00 service with the addition of incense.

Childcare is available by our professional nursery staff for infants through 4-year olds.

Christmas Day

Holy Eucharist

December 25, 10:00 a.m. in the Nave

Explore the mystery of the Incarnation as we read the prologue of John’s Gospel in this service of Holy Eucharist, which will include a chamber choir and voluntaries for organ and trumpet by Joel Martinson.