Advent Special Services 2019

Published on: Tue, 03/12/2019 - 11:33


There are plenty of opportunities to get into the Christmas spirit at Lichfield Cathedral as the Festive season approaches.

These will be beautiful thought-provoking services with readings, carols and hymns that help worshippers begin the Advent journey.

Starting in darkness, the Cathedral is gradually lit by thousands of candles as the first of the Advent Candles is taken in procession through the church.

Then on Wednesday December 4 there is an opportunity to join an evening hosted by TV presenter and writer Pam Rhodes for The Leprosy Mission Carol Service. This will be a chance to hear about leprosy in the 21st Century. The service will end with free shared refreshments.

A very special carol service will be on Thursday December 5 at 2pm when there will be the chance to celebrate and pray for the work of Embrace, our partners and the church in the Middle East.

The Entrust Christmas Festival of Music is on Friday December 6 at 7.30 and on Saturday December 7 will be a special concert by Lichfield Cathedral Chorus which is at the end of its 60th anniversary year with a performance of Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols topped off with a set of Christmas carols specially arranged by musical director Ben Lamb.

On Sunday December 8 at 4pm is the Christmas Lantern Service. Sung by the Cathedral Choir, this service for people of all ages and will include a Lantern Procession around the Cathedral and the lighting of the Christmas Tree.

Also on Sunday December 8 at 6.30pm is the St Giles Light Up a Life service. This will be a special service outside the cathedral to remember loved ones lost in recent years. It’s a chance to reflect and remember while also viewing the books of remembrance, lighting a candle and sharing in some refreshment.

The ever popular Cathedral Chorus and Salvation Army Christmas Carols will be on Thursday December 12 at 7.30pm. Sing along with your festive favourites and enjoy music and readings to usher in the Christmas spirit. Arrive early to be sure of a seat.

The very special and popular Christmas by Candlelight featuring the cathedral choir is on Saturday December 14 at 7.30pm and the Emergency Services Carol Service is on Sunday December 15 at 6pm.

On the same day at 3pm will be Sharing the Gift, in which people are invited to bring toys and gifts suitable for distribution to children and/or store cupboard items to support the work of the foodbank.

On Saturday December 21 at 2pm and 3pm, take a break from the Christmas shopping for a short time of peace and reflection with some popular readings and carols at the Shoppers Carol Service.

For further information on all of these and for tickets see