2-3 December 2017, 18.00
One of the year’s most dramatic services as a procession moves from darkness to light. Words and music focus on the Advent theme of light in darkness, hope in despair, and a new relationship with God in Christ. Sung by the Cathedral Choir.
3 December 2017, 13.00
Sunday Forum: The Grace of Waiting
Advent is the season of waiting and contemplation, when we prepare for the joyful coming of Christ at Christmas. But waiting is not always chosen or joyful, and can bring times of great spiritual testing – through illness, old age, or the struggles and frustrations of everyday life. Margaret Whipp will explore the challenges of life’s waiting times and the skills they demand, drawing on vivid metaphors of wine-making, wilderness, winter and the womb, and how the paradoxical grace of patience can point to the kindness of the God who wait for us.
6 December 2017, 18.30
Messiah - George Frideric Handel
The Cathedral Choir and Chorus perform Handel’s perennial favourite with the City of London Sinfonia.
8 December 2017, 19.00
The Swedish Church in London brings its dramatic service of light to St Paul's once again. With traditional British, Swedish and international carols.
12 December 2017, 19.00
Breast Cancer Care Carol Concert
The Breast Cancer Care charity brings its Carols by Candlelight service to St Paul's. With celebrity readers, special choir performances and a generous helping of roasted chestnuts.
14 December 2017, 18.30
A Celebration of Christmas
Celebrity readers join the Cathedral Choir and City of London Sinfonia for this popular annual celebration. Music conducted by Andrew Carwood.
16 December 2017, 11.00
Enjoy Christmas favourites in a service lasting 45 minutes.
Children especially welcome.
17 December 2017, 15.15
The Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants come to the Cathedral for this special service of Choral Evensong.
17 December 2017, 18.00
La Nativité du Seigneur Messiaen
Messiaen’s organ meditation on the mystery of the birth of Christ, interspersed with readings and prayers. Performed by Simon Johnson.
19 December 2017, 19.00
Carol Concert for Unicef
Choral classics and exclusive performances hosted by Kirsty Young. This concert will raise money for the children of Syria, whose childhoods have been shaped by fear and conflict.
21 December 2017, 17.00
Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten
The ever-popular work for boys' voices and harp, performed by the Choristers of St Paul’s and Sioned Williams. Motets sung by the Vicars Choral and readings for Advent.
23, 24 December 2017, 16.00
Christmas Carol Service
As we approach Christmas Day we gather for words and music with the Cathedral Choir.
24 December 2017, 23.30
The First Eucharist of Christmas with congregational carols and music sung by the Cathedral Choir.
Christmas Day 2017
08.00 - Holy Communion
08.45 - Morning Prayer
11.00 - Sung Eucharist
15.15 - Festal Evensong
26-28 December 2017, 17.00
Evening Prayer with Carols