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, 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.