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Advent and Christmas at Taranaki Cathedral
Advent will shortly be upon us, a new Church year, the time when we, the Church enter that time of anticipation and waiting as we begin the annual re-telling of the story of our salvation in Jesus Christ. here are our special events this Advent season.
|Wednesday 29th Nov, 7.30pm
Ecumenical Service - Blessing of the Advent Wreaths
Each year we join with our Roman Catholic friends and other Anglican parishes to share an ecumenical service for The Blessing of the Advent Wreaths. The Cathedral choir and the choir of St Joseph's will sing together. It is our turn to host this service on Wednesday 29th November at 7.30pm here in the Interim Cathedral. Please mark your diaries and aim to join us.
|Sunday 3rd Dec, 10am
Advent Sunday / 40th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women
This Sunday not only marks the beginning of a new year in the church calendar, but 40 years since New Zealand became the fourth province of the Anglican Communion to ordain women to priesthood. A special liturgy - encompassing the three-tikanga nature of the church in New Zealand and Polynesia - has been developed by Archdeacon Carole Hughes of Auckland, as well as two hymns written for the occasion.
|Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd Dec. 6pm
CDG presents Into The Woods
Carrie's Drama Group are proud to present the Junior Version of the famed Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine Musical, at the Devon Intermediate School Hall. Tickets are free, available from the Cathedral, Devon Intermediate School, Green Door Cafe or Locals Cafe. A koha is appreciated at the door.
|Sunday 3rd Dec, 5pm
Advent Service of Lessons and Carols
Advent is the season observed as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.
|Wednesday 6th Dec, 11.30am
Christmas Hymn Lecture - O come, all ye faithful
The final Hymn Lecture for 2018 will take place on Wednesday 6 December at 11.30am at Taranaki Interim Cathedral. Christopher Luke will present an insightful look into the creation of the popular Christmas carol O come, all ye faithful, looking at both the text and music. Supported by recordings of various arrangements of the carol searched out by Luke, the lecture will conclude with the singing of the carol. Gold coin donation. The series will return again in June 2018. Proudly supported by the TSB Community Trust.
|Saturday 9th Dec, 2pm-4pm
Christmas Craft FairKick off the festive season by visiting our annual Christmas Crafts Fair, full of gift ideas and heirloom decorations made with love. Held in the Hatherly Hall (Cathedral foyer/visitor centre)
|Sunday 17th December, 5pm
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, StratfordThe Cathedral Dean and choir travel to Holy Trinity Church, Stratford, to present the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
|Sunday 20th December, 7.30pm
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Interim CathedralThis popular and traditional service tells the story of the birth of Jesus with a series of Bible readings and carols, both congregational and from the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Christopher Luke. The Cathedral Handbell Ringers will perform from 7pm as a prelude.
|Thursday 21st Dec, 1pm
Christmas Organ Recital at St Joseph's
The final Lunchtime Organ Recital at St Joseph's Catholic church will take place on Tuesday 5 December at 1.00pm. Organist Christopher Luke will celebrate the Advent season by performing works by J.S. Bach, Andreas Kneller, Noel Rawsthorne, Rebecca te Velde and Karl Wolfram. Gold coin donation supporting the St Vincent de Paul Community Meals. The series will return in February 2018. Proudly supported by the TSB Community Trust.
|Saturday 23rd Dec, 2pm
Christmas Organ RecitalRounding off the annual series on the Johannus Sweelink Digital Organ in the Interim Cathedral. Organist Christopher Luke will celebrate the Advent season by performing works by J.S. Bach, Andreas Kneller, Noel Rawsthorne, Rebecca te Velde and Karl Wolfram.
|Sunday 24th Dec, 5pm
Children's Christmas Service
Introduced with great success last year, this is a colourful, joyful telling of the Christmas story, complete with Bobo the donkey. Timed so children can get to bed early!
|Sunday 24th December, 11.30pm
Midnight Mass of the Nativity
Carol singing from 11pm precedes this traditional atmospheric Christmas service in the candle lit Interim Cathedral with our joyful singing led by the Cathedral choir.
|Christmas Day, 8am
A reflective quiet celebration with carols to celebrate our saviour's birth.
|Christmas Day, 10am
Festival Family Eucharist
'Joy to the world, the saviour comes'. A holy communion service with a difference for the whole family to celebrate our saviour's birthday
|Tuesday 26th Dec, 10am-3pm
Give Something Back
"Give something back" our annual Boxing Day gift giving event in the Hatherly Hall. Make a difference in our community by bringing in your "unwanted" gifts or perhaps buying something special to be given to those in need over the Christmas season. Going away over Christmas? No worries drop off your gift before you leave at the Cathedral Office. As a "Thank You" - everyone who brings in a gift on Boxing Day receives a free Chaos Café Coffee. Want to know more? Talk to Ailsa 021 758247
May Christ our infant saviour give you the joy of Bethlehem shepherds, the awe of the worshipping sages and the humility and love of the holy family, this Christmastime and always...