12th to 24th December 2020
York Minster's most popular and beloved Advent and Christmas services will be livestreamed for 2020, so that people who cannot visit the cathedral can still participate in real-time or catch up later via the Minster’s website, You Tube and Facebook channels. As well as its regular daily and Sunday worship, York Minster’s Advent and Christmas schedule will include a range of services in the building and on-line.
Candlelit Choral Evensong
Tuesday to Saturday during Advent at 5.30pm
Experience the beauty of Choral Evensong in the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, sung by the Choir of York Minster on most week nights during December. Free tickets need to be booked in advance for Evensong services on Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16, Thursday 17, Friday 18 and Sunday 20 December to help them safely manage numbers inside the cathedral.
A little story for Christmas: Tales from the Crib for children and families
Join York Minster’s clergy, in their best Christmas jumpers, for a little story for Christmas. The short service will take place at the crib, surrounded by the angels and shepherds. Children are invited to come in fancy dress of their choosing. Free tickets for this family service must be booked in advance to help us safely manage numbers inside the cathedral. Capacity will be limited and tickets will be available on a first come first served basis at 10am eight days in advance of each service. The service will also be broadcast online at 3.30pm on Saturday 19 December on our Facebook and YouTube channels.
Chapter House Choir: Virtual Carols by Candlelight (Wednesday 16 December at 7.30pm)
The ever-popular and atmospheric ‘Carols by Candlelight’ moves online. Presented by the Chapter House Choir, an associate choir of York Minster, this year’s performance includes new virtual recordings from the Choir, alongside highlights of past ‘Carols by Candlelight’ performances, set against beautiful footage of York Minster’s Chapter House in candlelight.
The concert will be broadcast at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16 December. Links will be available at www.yorkminster.org and via the choir’s social media channels.
Christmas Week at York Minster
Daily worship will continue at York Minster throughout Christmas Week. The following services and events will also take place:
Candlelit Evensong with Carols for Christmas (Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 December, 4pm)
Join the Choir of York Minster for these special candlelit services of Evensong with Carols for Christmas, including Christmas carols sung by the choir, readings, prayers and beautiful music from choir and organ, to prepare us all for the birth of Christ.
Tickets for this service need to be booked in advance and will be available from 10am on Monday 7 December here. The service will also be livestreamed via their website, Facebook and YouTube channels.
A Vigil Eucharist for Christmas (7pm)
A quiet, contemplative service of Holy Communion at the cathedral, reflecting on the birth of Christ, and holding before God in prayer our world, our nation, our communities and our families during this time of pandemic. The Dean of York will preside and the Canon Precentor will preach with Organ accompaniment. Tickets for this service need to be booked in advance and will be available from 10am on Monday 7 December from York Minster's website.
Digital Midnight Mass from York Minster with the Archbishop of York – online only (11pm)
The First Communion of Christmas with Blessing of the Crib, with the Archbishop of York and music from the Songmen and Choral Scholars of the Choir of York Minster This will be a pre-recorded online service only (there will be no service taking place at the cathedral at this time). The service will be available online at www.yorkminster.org and on our YouTube and Facebook channels.
Christmas Day, Friday 25 December
Join York Minster’s worship for Christmas Day at the cathedral or from the comfort of your home. Please note that free tickets for the 10am, 11am and 4pm services must be booked in advance to help them safely manage numbers inside the cathedral and that capacity is limited. Tickets will be available on a first-come first served basis from 10am on Monday 14 December.
8am: Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer (Said)
10am: Choral Matins
11am: Solemn Eucharist
The Archbishop of York, The Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, will preside and preach at this service with music from the Choir of York Minster. The service will also be livestreamed via the website, Facebook and YouTube channels.
4pm: Solemn Evensong
Join the Choir of York Minster for the final service of Christmas Day. A Service of Choral Evensong for Christmas Day will also be livestreamed via the website, Facebook and YouTube channels.
Special digital services for Advent and Christmas
For the first time, York Minster will be delivering a schedule of pre-recorded prayers, music, readings and lessons for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany exclusively online. Family and friends will be able to experience the cathedral’s Advent and Christmas celebrations in the comfort of their home. These services and events will be pre-recorded only and will be available via www.yorkminster.org or via our YouTube and Facebook channels. York Minster’s digital schedule for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany is as follows:
Digital Lessons and Carols for Advent – Tuesday 8 December at 7pm (online only)
A service of beautiful music and readings for the season of Advent, with music from the Choir of York Minster, stunning images from around the cathedral and readings and prayers from our clergy and congregation.
O Antiphons and Organ: Thursday 17 until Wednesday 23 December (online only)
The Great O Antiphons are usually spoken or sung each day from the 17 December. Each Antiphon uses one of the names traditionally used to describe Jesus Christ.
Digital Lessons and Carols for Christmas – Saturday 26 December at 2pm (online only)
Based on the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols developed by a former Dean of York, Eric Milner White, this wonderful service journeys through the Christmas story, with readings from scripture, images from the building and music from the Choir of York Minster.
12th to 24th December 2020
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