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Christmas Services

UPDATE 31/12/20: Following the region’s move overnight to the strictest tier four coronavirus measures, we’ve decided to change our worship service time this Epiphany Sunday, 3 January, to 10am only. If you pre-booked a place on either the 9:30am or 11am service, please turn up at 10am instead. Should you wish to join us while remaining in the comfort of your own home, we will also be live streaming this 10am service on our YouTube channel. Please join us online here: https://tinyurl.com/NclCathedral. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this change in time may cause you.

Join us for Christmas at Newcastle Cathedral

Despite the extraordinary times in which we find ourselves this year, we are offering a full range of Advent and Christmas services, which you can join in person (having pre-booked your place) or online, from the comfort of your home.

Congregational Sunday Worship takes place on:

Advent 2Sunday 6th December
Advent 3Sunday 13th December
Advent 4Sunday 20th December
All at both 9.30am & 11am (the 11am is also on YouTube)Holy Communion with music from the Cathedral Choir, readings, prayers and a seasonal sermon
1st Sunday after Christmas
(Feast of St John the Evangelist)
Sunday 27th December
At 11am only (and also on YouTube)A simple service of Holy Communion, with organ music and seasonal sermon
Epiphany SundaySunday 3rd January
At 10am only (and also on YouTube)A simple service of Holy Communion, with organ music and seasonal sermon.

To attend any of these services in person, it is essential that you book your place in advance, as social distancing means that space in the Cathedral is very limited at present.

Please ring the Cathedral Secretary on 0191 232 1939, any weekday morning until Friday 18th December. This month, you may book ahead for more than one Sunday at a time.

Congregational Christmas Services should be booked on Eventbrite, by following the links below.

Christmas Eve, Midnight MassThursday 24th December
At 11.30pm (and also on YouTube)A beautiful, atmospheric, candlelit service with sermon from the Dean of Newcastle, and traditional carols
ONLINE BOOKINGS ARE NOW CLOSED
Christmas DayFriday 25th December
At both 9.30am & 11am (the 11am is also on YouTube)A joyful celebration for Christmas morning with stunning choral music, well-loved carols, and a festival sermon from the Bishop of Newcastle
ONLINE BOOKINGS ARE NOW CLOSED

A “Carousel of Carol Services” take place on:

Saturday 19th December and Thursday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

These 6 “bite-sized” Carol Services will each last only 30 minutes, and numbers will be limited to 47 to preserve social distancing.

You may sit to listen, or wander quietly around the East End of the Cathedral, where our Crib Scene will be on display, lighting a candle for prayer if you wish. The Cathedral Choir will sing from our stunning Quire, and there will be short readings and prayers for the season.

ONLINE BOOKINGS ARE NOW CLOSED

Join us for Worship Online on the Cathedral’s YouTube Channel, which you can find here: tinyurl.com/NclCathedral

If you can’t join us in person, or feel safer not to, there is a wonderful feast of Christmas music and worship that will be available online from our ministry team and gifted musicians.

Don’t forget that all of these services will be available to “catch up” later if you miss them!

On Sunday Mornings the 11am service will be broadcast live to watch at home.

On Sunday Afternoons the following services will be broadcast at 4pm:

6th DecemberChoral Evensong
13th DecemberA Service of Advent Carols & Readings
20th DecemberChoral Evensong
27th Decembersaid Evening Prayer
3rd Januarysaid Evening Prayer

Our special Christmas Services will also be available to watch online:

Christmas Eve at 6pmA Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
A traditional service of uplifting readings from Holy Scripture, and exquisite sacred music, sung by our excellent Cathedral Choir
Christmas Eve at 11.30pmMidnight Mass
A beautiful, atmospheric, candlelit service with sermon from the Dean of Newcastle, and traditional carols
Christmas Day at 11amThe Eucharist of Christmas Day
A joyful celebration for Christmas morning with stunning choral music, well-loved carols, and a festival sermon from the Bishop of Newcastle
Christmas Day at 4pmA Festal Choral Evensong

And finally – on the Feast of the EpiphanyWednesday 6th January – join our Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars for a Festal Evensong for Epiphany at 5.30pm.