Special Services

Besides the three Sunday services, there are many other opportunities for people to worship and pray at St. James. The Cathedral Choir provides music for these services unless otherwise noted. On the first Sunday of each month, is a particularly moving service of choral evensong, a service of song, stillness, and scripture. Feast Days are services that commemorate important moments in the life of Jesus and the Church. The principal feasts of the church year are Easter Day, Ascension Day, the Day of Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, All Saints' Day, Christmas Day, and the Epiphany.


Sunday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m.
Pet Blessing
Animal lovers and their pets join the procession for our annual pet blessing. Benjamin Britten’s cantata “Rejoice in the Lamb” celebrates both human and non-human love for our creator… particularly the solo about the frisky cat Jeoffry!
   BYRD Responses
   SUMSION Evening Service in A
   BRITTEN Rejoice in the Lamb
Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. (prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
Evensong for All Saints
St. James honors all saints, known and unknown, with iconic works from the English Choral Tradition. Director of Music Stephen Buzard performs Mendelssohn at 3:30 p.m.
   HARRIS Holy is the true light
   AYLEWARD Responses
   DYSON Evening Service in D
   ELGAR Give unto the Lord
Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m.
All Souls' Requiem Eucharist
On All Souls’ Day, it is the custom of the Church to remember in love and prayer those who have died. The Cathedral Choir sings Gabriel Fauré’s radiant and comforting Requiem. In the prayers, we remember by name those we love but no longer see.
   FAURÉ Requiem
Sunday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Advent Procession
This traditional service of scripture, anthems, and carols on the first Sunday of Advent moves from darkness to light as a reminder of the hope we look for in the coming of Christ.
   PALESTRINA Matin Responsory
   ORD Adam lay ybounden
   PEERSON Blow up the trumpet
   TAVENER Hymn to the Mother of God
   GIBBONS This is the Record of John
   BIRD Rorate caeli
   MANZ E’en so Lord Jesus

Thursday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. (prelude at 5:45 p.m.)
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Familiar carols, lesser-known melodies, and new holiday classics are the musical highlight of Nine Lessons & Carols. Made famous by King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, the Festival was introduced to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. Organ Scholar Isaac Drewes performs a prelude of music for Advent and Christmas.
   WILLCOCKS Sussex Carol
   STEPHEN BUZARD I wonder as a I wander
   ARR. WILLCOCKS Cherry Tree Carol
   JUDITH WEIR Illuminate, Jerusalem
   POSTON Balulalow
   MACONCHY There is no rose
   MORTEN LAURIDSEN O magnum mysterium
   JOHN RUTTER Shepherd Pipe’s Carol
   PETTMAN Sing lullaby

Sunday, Jan. 5 at 4 p.m. (prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
Evensong for Epiphany
The Feast of Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus as Christ to the three wise men from the East, with lullaby-like music to end the Christmas season. We welcome organist Richard Hoskins from St. Chrysostom's Episcopal Church to play the prelude.
   WARLOCK Bethlehem Down
   SMITH Responses
   GIBBONS Short Evening Service
   CROTCH Lo! Star-led chiefs
Sunday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. (Prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
Evensong for Candlesmas
“Candlemas” features a congregational candlelight procession to symbolize Jesus as the light of the world, as proclaimed by the old man Simeon who said, “Mine eyes have seen thy salvation.” Director of Music Stephen Buzard and baritone Kevin Krasinski perform Bach at 3:30 p.m.
   ECCARD When to the temple Mary went
   BYRD Responses
   PÄRT Magnficat
   JOSQUIN Nunc dimittis
   RACHMANINOV Bogoroditse djevo
   BACH Ich habe genug
Sunday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. (prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
Treble Festival Evensong
Choristers from Chicago, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis will sing with the altos, tenors, and basses from the St. James Cathedral Choir in this beautiful service led by R. Walden Moore.
Sunday, Mar. 1 at 4 p.m. (prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
As England’s greatest composer of Baroque music, Henry Purcell is admired for his dramatic settings of texts, both in church and the opera house. With the setting of verse from Psalm 102, Purcell’s imagination is raised to its highest level for the unfinished funeral anthem Hear my prayer, O Lord. The organ prelude will be J. S. Bach’s cello suites performed by cellist Anna Steinhoff.
   PURCELL Hear my prayer
   AYLEWARD Responses
   PURCELL Evening Service in G minor
   BACH Komm, Jesu, komm
Sunday, Apr. 5 at 4 p.m. (prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
Evensong on Palm Sunday
We mark the beginning of Passiontide with the visionary music of Herbert Howells. Before the service, Director of Music Stephen Buzard plays the Eleven Chorale Preludes by Johannes Brahms.
   HOWELLS "Salvator mundi" from Requiem
   PLAINSONG responses
   HOWELLS St. John’s Service
   HOWELLS Take him, earth, for cherishing
Sunday, May 3 at 4 p.m. (prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
The Cathedral Choir performs the music of quitessential English composer Charles Villiers Stanford and Director of Music Stephen Buzard performs Vierne at 3:30 p.m.
   STANFORD Beati quorum via
   SMITH Responses
   STANFORD Evening Service in G
   STANFORD Ye choirs of new Jerusalem
   VIERNE Symphony VI


Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. (prelude at 6 p.m.)
Ascension Day
Ascension Day is one of the universally celebrated feasts of Christian churches. Anthony Piccolo's “Canterbury Mass” infuses the traditional Mass with contemporary rhythms.
   ANTHONY PICCOLO Canterbury Mass
   GOWERS Viri Galilaei

Sunday, Jun. 7 at 4 p.m. (prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
Evensong on Trinity Sunday
One of the enduring draws of choral evensong is the space for all to reflect. The Cathedral Choir performs the music of William Walton.
   WALTON Set me as a seal
   ROSE Responses
   WALTON Chichester Service
   WALTON The Twelve