Musical Offerings and Events
Advent Lessons and Carols
This service is an adaptation of the more famous Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols. The basic structure of this service recounts the coming of Christ to the world, beginning with creation and humanity’s fall, and continuing with readings from the prophets on God’s promise of a Savior to restore the earth. The choir sings anthems and the congregation sings hymns reflecting the readings, and is offered during the Liturgy of the Word on Sunday morning.
Christmas Eve at the Cathedral
Monday, December 24 at 5:00 pm
This liturgy will feature festival Eucharist with Cathedral Brass, Cathedral Choir and organ. Special worship bags will be available for children. Overflow seating with live stream of the service will be in Harvard Hall.
Monday, December 24 at 10:30 pm
You are invited to listen to the prelude with Cathedral Choir and organ at 10:00 pm. The Festival Eucharist with Cathedral Choir and organ service begins at 10:30 pm.
Christmas at the Cathedral
Tuesday, December 25 at 10:00 am
This simple service on Christmas morning includes Holy Eucharist with organ and congregational carol.
“Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ Luke 2:9-12
Sundays January 27, February 24, March 24 and April 28
These services of sung Evening Prayer, as outlined in the Book of Common Prayer, are offered by the Cathedral Chamber Choir on the fourth Sunday of the month. These services offer something for everyone — a place for prayer and reflection, enjoyment of unique choral arrangements for music lovers, a centering time with music and scripture. An organ prelude is at 4:45 pm with Evensong at 5:00 pm. A freewill offering is taken and a reception follows the service.
January 27, 2019 | 5:00 pm
Organ Prelude: Guest Organist, Marco Jimenez
Responses: Humphrey Clucas
Service: Howells “St. Paul’s Service”
Anthem: Boyle: Thou, O God
Sung by the Cathedral Chamber Choir
The St. petersburg festival chorus and orchestra
Bob Chilcott: St. John Passion
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Bob Chilcott, 63, is a British choral composer, conductor and singer. He is principal guest conductor of the BBC Singers and was principal conductor of the chorus at the Royal College of Music in London for seven years. He sang tenor with the King’s Singers from 1985 to 1997. His wide-ranging compositions include music for children’s choirs, sacred works, cantatas, and musical settings of Aesop’s Fables.
His setting of the St. John Passion, which premiered at Wells Cathedral in 2013, follows the format established by Bach, with the story narrated in recitative by a tenor evangelist interspersed with interjections from the chorus (as the crowd) and from Pilate and Jesus, the whole being interwoven with chorales and meditations sung by the choir. This hour-long Passion includes hymns for congregational singing, variations on familiar Passiontide hymns, including “There is a green hill far away” and “When I survey the wondrous cross.”
A $10 offering is suggested.