A very busy fortnight of services lies ahead for the many clergy of the district, and that includes the historic St Columb’s Cathedral.
On Sunday the Cathedral was packed to capacity for the evening service which replaced the traditional Evensong. Instead, hundreds filled the pews for the later Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which featured the full Male Voice Choir and Boy Choristers.
On Monday evening was the Emergency Services Carol Service, which is always very widely attended.
Other services this week: Tuesday, December 22, 10.30am, Holy Communion.
Christmas Eve, at 11.30pm, Midnight Echarist and Carols.
Christmas Day: 8am Holy Communion and Carols; 11am Choral Eucharist.
Saturday, December 26, St Stephen’s Day, 10.30am, Holy Communion.
Sunday, December 27, St John the Evangelist’s Day, 8am and 11am, Holy Communion.
Monday December 28, The Holy Innocents, 10.30am, Holy Communion; Tuesday, December 29, Holy Communion.
New Year’s Eve: 11pm, Holy Communion.
New year’s Day, The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus: 10.30am, Holy Communion.
Sunday, January 3, Christmas II: 8am, Holy Communion; 11am, Choral Eucharist; 4pm, Choral Evensong.
Tuesday, January 5: Holy Communion.
Wednesday, January 6, The Epiphany of Our Lord: 10.30am, Holy Communion.
Sunday, January 10, Epiphany I: 8am, Holy Communion; 11am, Choral Matins; 4pm, Carols of the Epiphany.
At a recent meeting of the Chapter, a new rota for preaching engagements was drawn up.
The Canon in Residence for January will be the Archdeacon of Derry, the Venerable Robert Miller, who will be the preacher at Choral Eucharist on Sunday, January 17, at 11am.