Christmas in St Columb’s Cathedral

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The Advent Candlelight Procession at St Columb’s Cathedral takes place on Sunday, November 29 at 7.30pm.

It is based on the Great Advent Antiphons and begins in darkness, representing the darkness before creation as well as the darkness of sin. The procession begins at the west end of the Cathedral and moves gradually from west to east, symbolizing our journey of faith towards Christ; during the Holy Gospel, the candlelight, symbolizing Christ the true Light, moves from east (the altar, the direction of the dawn) to west. The words and music seek to enable us to worship God, who calls us to do his will and make the world what He created it to be – full of His Glory. The music, sung by the Cathedral Choir will include works by Palestrina, Bach, Howells and Vaughan Williams. All are invited to join in the prayers, and in the singing of hymns.

Christmas services: December 13, 11am, Sunday School Carol Celebration; December 20, 7.30pm, Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols; the Cathedral Choir sings each Sunday at 11am and 4pm (Choral Evensong). For full details of Christmas Services, visit