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.
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!
SUMSION Evening Service in A
BRITTEN Rejoice in the Lamb
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
DYSON Evening Service in D
ELGAR Give unto the Lord
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.
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
MELISSA DUNPHY O Oriens
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
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
MACONCHY There is no rose
MORTEN LAURIDSEN O magnum mysterium
JOHN RUTTER Shepherd Pipe’s Carol
PETTMAN Sing lullaby
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
GIBBONS Short Evening Service
CROTCH Lo! Star-led chiefs
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
JOSQUIN Nunc dimittis
RACHMANINOV Bogoroditse djevo
BACH Ich habe genug
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.
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
PURCELL Evening Service in G minor
BACH Komm, Jesu, komm
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
HOWELLS St. John’s Service
HOWELLS Take him, earth, for cherishing
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
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 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
WALTON Chichester Service
WALTON The Twelve