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, 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. Childcare provided.
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 this imaginative approach to worship made famous by King's College. Organ Scholar Mary Pan performs a prelude of music for Advent and Christmas. Childcare provided.
Sunday, Dec. 23 at 8 and 10 a.m.
Ordination of Anna Broadbent ADD TO CALENDAR
There are services at 8 and 10 a.m. on this Sunday, as Bishop Jeffrey Lee ordains Curate Anna Broadbent to the priesthood, an important milestone in the communal life of St. James Cathedral. Childcare provided.
Monday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m.
Christmas Eve Children's Pageant ADD TO CALENDAR
Children from the cathedral community and our neighborhood are invited to present the Christmas story during this family-friendly Christmas Eve celebration. Congregational carols will be led by the Cathedral Choristers. Children are invited to participate in the service, as childcare is not provided for this service.
Monday, Dec. 24 at 11 p.m. (choral prelude at 10:30 p.m.)
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass ADD TO CALENDAR
Bishop Jeffrey Lee preaches and presides at Midnight Mass, the church’s principal celebration of the joyful feast of Christmas with music provided by the Cathedral Choir. Children are invited to participate in the service, as childcare is not provided for this service.
Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 10 a.m.
There will be one service on Christmas Day. We commemorate the birth of Jesus with congregational carols and Holy Eucharist. Children are invited to participate in the service, as childcare is not provided for this service.
Sunday, Dec. 30 at 8 and 10 a.m.
First Sunday after Christmas ADD TO CALENDAR
There are two services this Sunday. Childcare provided.
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.