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 7 at 4 p.m.
Evensong & Pet Blessing ADD TO CALENDAR
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!
Friday, Nov 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Requiem Eucharist for All Souls ADD TO CALENDAR
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 Maurice Duruflé’s timeless Requiem that blends ancient chants with modern harmony. In the prayers, we remember by name those we love but no longer see.
Sunday, Nov at 4 p.m. (prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
Evensong for All Saints ADD TO CALENDAR
St. James honors all saints, known and unknown, with iconic works from the English Choral Tradition. Director of Music Stephen Buzard performs the Duruflé Suite at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Advent Lessons & Carols ADD TO CALENDAR
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.
Friday, Dec 21 at 6:30 p.m. (prelude at 6 p.m.)
Nine Lessons & Carols ADD TO CALENDAR
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 Mary Pan performs a prelude of music for Advent and Christmas.
Sunday, Jan 6 at 4 p.m. (prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
Evensong for Epiphany ADD TO CALENDAR
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 John Sherer from our neighboring Fourth Presbyterian Church to play the prelude.
Sunday, Feb 3 at 4 p.m. (prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
Evensong for Candlemas ADD TO CALENDAR
“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 plays Dieterich Buxtehude’s organ music at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Mar 3 at 4 p.m. (prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
York Minster cathedral has been the home to many great composers, including Edward Bairstow, Philip Moore, and Francis Jackson, whose Service in G is an innovative setting of ancient scripture. Organist Sean Knudson performs Bairstow’s organ sonata as a prelude to the service.
Sunday, Apr 7 at 4 p.m. (prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
Evensong for Passiontide ADD TO CALENDAR
We mark the beginning of Passiontide with the visionary music of William Walton, Kenneth Leighton, and Francis Poulenc. Before the service, Director of Music Stephen Buzard plays the iconic “Sonata on the 94th Psalm” by Julius Reubke.
Sunday, May 5 at 4 p.m. (prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
In William Shakespeare’s day, Orlando Gibbons was England’s leading composer. Come and hear his music with period instruments and a prelude played by the Second City Musick Viol Consort.
Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. (prelude at 6 p.m.)
Holy Eucharist on Ascension Day ADD TO CALENDAR
Ascension Day is one of the universally celebrated feasts of Christian churches. Jonathan Dove’s contemporary “Missa brevis” infuses the traditional Mass with pop rhythms. Before the service, Director of Music Stephen Buzard will present “L’Ascension,” a meditation on Christ’s ascension by French composer Olivier Messiaen. 
Sunday, Jun. 2 at 4 p.m. (prelude at 3:30 p.m.)
One of the enduring draws of choral evensong is the space for all to reflect, including non-religious people. The beauty of the service has inspired even agnostics to compose great sacred music. At 3:30 p.m., Organ Scholar Mary Pan’s performs the music of Max Reger for her final recital.