Advent and Christmas 2018 – Stable Family

Our Advent, Christmas and Epiphany theme uses word play to point to the Inn of Bethlehem whilst asking what might make for resilient families.

The Holy Family was hardly conventional. Before they had chance to settle, they fled as refugees. Returning home, Jesus turned out to be a challenging child. Grief scarred them as he died young from a violent death echoing too many families today.

Families come in all shapes and sizes: for example take a mum, a dad and 2.2 children, or a gay couple with elderly parents living together as a household. Families frame our lives. They can be sources of strength. For others they become a threat as perhaps the context for abuse.

Jesus entrusts his mother to John and his disciples to Peter. So a diverse, unlikely group grow to be a band of sisters and brothers. They build a new way of family in a shaky world. These Christians discover a love beyond biological ties.

This is a love of Jesus which is unchanging. It creates compassion over division. It resists evil and overcomes fear with forgiveness. It can even heal the wounds inflicted from broken family relationships.

The original Stable Family offers us wisdom. It can help us build Stable Families at home and within society. After all, we need to be loved, and to belong, to feel safe so we can thrive.

The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester

The Dean’s Advent and Christmas Message

Services and Events


Sunday 23 December – Advent IV

15.00    The Cathedral Carol Service (II)
A traditional service of readings and prayers with Choir and Congregational carols. No booking needed. All welcome.

Monday 24 December

15.00    Blessing of the Crib
A short service with carols and readings for children of all ages and their families as we build and bless the crib.

18.00    The Cathedral Carol Service (III)
A traditional service of readings and prayers with Choir and Congregational carols. No booking needed. All welcome.

23.30    Midnight Mass: The First Communion of Christmas
All welcome, to celebrate in the presence of the Christ Child and the Crib, with the Cathedral Choir, carols, incense and candlelight.

Tuesday 25 December

08.00    Eucharist (BCP)
All welcome.

10.30    Festal Eucharist for Christmas Day
A Christmas morning service with carols, incense and Holy Communion. All welcome.

Sunday 6 January 2019 – Epiphany

10.30    Epiphany Eucharist
All welcome.

Saturday 2 February 2019 – Candlemas

15.00    Installation of The Revd Canon Paul Rattigan
All are welcome to a special service on Candlemas to install Paul Rattigan as Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Canon Chancellor of Leicester Cathedral. Preacher: The Bishop of Leicester.

Christmas in the Gardens

13–22 December
5pm–10pm daily

Cathedral Gardens – Free

Marvel at LightWeight, a four metre high sphere in the Cathedral Gardens, lit up with shimmering colours and live animation.

A quick stop at the face-recognition camera and you can add your own face to the mix of this unique and interactive installation. Will your image be in a flock of mischievous angels flying around the sphere, or the face of another quirky animated character?

Come along and see for yourself, and soak up the festive atmosphere in the beautifully lit gardens.

Christmas in the Gardens is presented by BID Leicester and St Martins House, produced by Big Difference Company.

Stable Family

2 December 2018 – 6 January 2019

Throughout Advent and Christmas, we invite you to visit our Prayer Stable in the north aisle. We invite you to pray for your own family or for another family who need God’s peace or healing. We recognise that families come in all kinds of configurations and we know them to be places of great pain as well as great joy. God promises to meet us where we are. Please also pray for the Household of Faith in all its diversity across this Diocese. You may wish to use these bible verses to focus your prayers:

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. Ephesians 3.14–17

Building Family

28 January 2019

Can you share a story about what is putting pressure on you and the people you care about?

The Cathedral is a founding member of Leicester Citizens: a people’s alliance of education, labour, and faith working together for the common good in the city. We are listening to hundreds of people in our institutions to find out what people care about preparation for an accountability assembly in Leicester before the May 2019 Mayoral election.

If you have a story to tell about what is putting pressure on you and the people you care about, we are listening.

Search for Leicester Citizens Listening Eventon Eventbrite.

Dates for your diary

Join us for two Comedy Festival gigs in the Cathedral in 2019:

James Cary: The Sacred Art of Joking
Wednesday 13 February 2019, 7.30pm (Tickets)

The devil may have all the best times. But does he have all the best jokes? Was Jesus funny? Why does religion have to be so serious? BBC Comedy writer and church-goer James Cary (Miranda, Bluestone 42) explains why Christians should be able to take a joke and how the Bible is way funnier than it first appears. Seriously.

An Improvised Funeral
Wednesday 20 February 2019, 7.30pm (Tickets)

Oxford Imps ask you to join us at Leicester Cathedral for a completely improvised funeral! Taking your suggestions we will show the life and times of a fictitious individual. With vibrant vicars, horrendous hymns, and flashbacks to the life of the deceased. You’ll die laughing as we urn your applause putting the fun into funeral. “refreshingly interactive” Opening Night “Devilishly funny” Daily Info “Dead Funny” Oxford Mail “Devastatingly funny” ***** Ed Fringe Review

Changed Opening Hours over Christmas

From Wednesday 26 December 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019, the Cathedral closes earlier every day at 16.00. Please take note of these reduced opening hours before arranging your visit.

Below you can see the seasonal booklet – pick one up in the Cathedral now!

Christmas Booklet 2018 – Stable Family – A4 folded to A5