For most people Christmas is a time of immense busyness and the Cathedral is no exemption. From the beginning of December there will be a procession of carol services, concerts and other events as different groups join us to mark this great celebration. I hope you will be able to make space for some of the different things talked about in this booklet.
As well as being busy we will have all our regular congregations and visitors. Some will be looking for comfort at what can be a difficult time of the year. Others will be wanting some space and stillness from the hectic schedule they can find ourselves in. Please pray that the people that come into the Cathedral will find God’s presence and peace and I pray that you too may find the peace of the Christ child this season.
Finally, in thinking for a theme this year I was struck by how angels play a key part in the story. From the announcement to Mary to the warning to Joseph to flee to Egypt. In fact angels turn up all over the place in scripture and many times it is ambiguous as to who or what is being described. They can be ‘God’; they can be divine beings created by God; they can be human beings speaking on behalf of God. I think it is purposely vague so that we don’t get hung up on the detail but hear whatever is the message they are conveying. During Advent, we will be having a teaching series on angels on the Sunday mornings as we seek to hear God as a cathedral. Please pray that, as we approach 2020 and all that will entail with our building project and even moving out of the building, we will stay tuned into what God is saying and doing that we might continue to build the kingdom.
May you have a blessed Advent and Christmas and do not forget the challenging words of Hebrews 13.2:
With thanks to the Friends of Leicester Cathedral for supporting events and activities during Advent and Christmas. Join by filling in an application form from the South Door or the Cathedral website here. The Cathedral Christmas tree was kindly donated by Palmers Garden Centre, Enderby.
The Dean’s Christmas Message
Advent and Christmas Services
Advent Carol Service
Carols and music sung by the Cathedral Choir to mark the beginning of Advent.
Thursday 5 December | 6.30pm
Join with city workers, residents and the wider community for a festive celebration.
Friday 6 December | 7.00pm
Christian Union Carol Service Saturday 7 December | 5.30pm
Global Carol Service
A service of readings and carols from Christmas traditions around the world.
Sunday 8 December | 3.00pm
Carol Service attended by the Freemasons
Wednesday 11 December | 3.45pm
De Montfort University Carol Service
Thursday 12 December | 5.30pm
Carol Service for the Courts
Monday 16 December | 2.30pm
Dementia Carol Service
An informal service open to everyone, including people living with dementia, carers and families followed by refreshments.
Thursday 19 December | 6.00pm
The Cathedral Carol Service (I)
A traditional service of readings and prayers with Choir and Congregational carols. No booking needed. All welcome. Preacher: Canon Paul Rattigan.
Saturday 21 December | 3.00pm and 4.30pm
Shoppers Carol Service
Take a break from your Christmas shopping and experience a moment of calm in amongst the busy-ness of the season with a short carol service in the beautiful atmosphere of your Cathedral. No booking needed. All welcome. A second service is at 4.30pm.
Sunday 22 December | 3.00pm
The Cathedral Carol Service (II)
A traditional service of readings, prayers and carols. No booking needed. All welcome. Preacher: Bishop Guli.
Christmas Eve Tuesday 24 December
Blessing of the Crib | 3.00pm
A short service with carols and readings for children of all ages and their families as we build and bless the crib.
The Cathedral Carol Service (III) | 6.00pm
A traditional service of readings, prayers and carols. No booking needed. All welcome. Preacher: Bishop Martyn.
Midnight Mass | 11.30pm
All are welcome, to celebrate in the presence of the Christ Child and the Crib, with the Cathedral Choir, carols, incense and candlelight. Preacher: Dean David.
Christmas Day Wednesday 25 December
BCP Eucharist | 8.00am
A Christmas morning service sung by the Cathedral Choir with carols, incense and Holy Communion. Preacher: Bishop Guli.
Festive Music and Events
Seasonal musical meditations with bible readings and poetry. Admission free.
Monday 2 December | 1.00pm
Advent Meditation I
Monday 9 December | 1.00pm
Advent Meditation II
Monday 16 December | 1.00pm
Advent Meditation III
Monday 23 December | 1.00pm
Advent Meditation IV
Tuesday 3 December | 6.30pm
An evening exploring the birth narratives of Guru Nanak and Jesus. All welcome. With the Canon Chancellor.Wednesday 4 December | 7.30pm
LOROS Charity Christmas Concert
Get into the Christmas spirit with a night of festive song. Join LOROS in the beautiful surroundings of Leicester Cathedral for a candle-lit evening of traditional Christmas carols, topped off with mulled wine and mince pies. Refreshments: 7.00pm, concert starts: 7.30pm. Tickets for £10.00 (adult) & £5.00 (child) available from www.loros.co.uk/eventsSaturday 7 December | 12.00pm
From 12.00–3.00pm. All welcome.Saturday 14 December | 7.30pm
Christmas Concert with the Leicester Symphony Orchestra and Cathedral Choir
Join us for a special concert of orchestral music, choral pieces, and audience carols. Tickets for £12.00 available from www.leicestersymphonyorchestra.co.uk
Children and Family
Family Christmas Craft
Families are invited to join us for 90 minutes of Christmas crafts and activities. Book via Eventbrite. Please book for all children and adults attending.Monday 23 December | 7.00pm
BBC Radio Leicester Sing Christmas!
This is an interactive community carol service broadcast live from St Martins House on BBC Radio Leicester. See their website for more details.Tuesday 24 December | 3.00pm
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.Saturday 25 January 2020 | 3.00pm
Messy Christingle Service
A service for children and their families, singing carols and retelling the Christmas story with Christingles. Please note January date. Book via Eventbrite. Please book for all children and adults attending.
Sunday Eucharist Sermons in Advent
Exploring Biblical truths around angels, 10.30am Eucharist preachers will preach on a theme linking to the season of Entertaining Angels.
Burning in God’s Presence
Angels Among Us
The Battle Against Us
Angels and Guidance
Altered Opening Hours for Christmas
Candlemas Eucharist | 10.30am
Spread over two evenings, examine the emotionally-charged story which ponders the question ‘Where is God when the world is full of brokenness?’
During the first session on 13 January, you’ll watch the film (popcorn and tissues provided). At the second, on 20 January, you’ll discover some of the background to the story and its author before discussing the themes raised.
Admission is free and all are welcome. In St Martins House, next to Leicester Cathedral (7 Peacock Lane, LE1 5PZ)
Jesus: Angel, Man or Myth?
Explore your faith in this informal session with Canon Paul Rattigan
No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, during this session you’ll be exploring the core of Christianity. Canon Paul will guide you through in a lecture style and will finish with a Q&A. Admission is free and all are welcome. In St Martins House, next to Leicester Cathedral.
Exploring the Christian Faith