2 December 2018, 16.00
An Advent Liturgy
A dramatic, candle-lit service of hymns, readings, and anthems sung by the Abbey Choir, lasting about an hour, reflecting on the Advent themes of patience and preparation as we await the second coming of Christ.
16 December 2018, 17.45
Christmas Meditation featuring Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols
A short concert (35-40 minutes) including a reading of the Nativity story by David Suchet, and a performance of Britten’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ sung by the Abbey Choristers.
23-24 December 2018, 16.00
Service of Lessons and Carols
Two traditional services including the singing of Christmas carols, readings, and anthems sung by the Abbey Choir, lasting about an hour.
24 December 2018, 12.00
A short service, lasting about 30 minutes, telling the Christmas story, and with the singing of Christmas Carols, designed for families with young children.
24 December 2018, 23.30
Christmas Midnight Mass
Free, tickets required
The quintessential, late-night service celebrating the birth of Christ, the Light of the World, in the midst of darkness. It includes the singing of Christmas Carols, music from the Abbey Choir, a sermon and Holy Communion, lasting about an hour and a half.
25 December 2018, 08.00
Holy Communion Christmas Day
A quiet, said service, in traditional language, according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, lasting around 40 minutes.
25 December 2018, 10.30
The main service to celebrate Christmas morning, and the appearing of Jesus as Emmanuel – ‘God with us’. It includes the singing of Christmas Carols, music from the Abbey Choir, a sermon and Holy Communion, lasting about an hour and a half.
25 December 2018, 15.00
A traditional service of Evening Prayer according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, sung by the Abbey Choir, with Christmas Carols, lasting about 45 minutes.