Advent • Christmas • Epiphany​

2020 – 2021

 

Advent

 

The season of Advent marks the beginning of the Christian year, and extends across the four Sundays prior to Christmas. This year, Advent 4 is also Christmas Eve. The liturgical colour for Advent is purple (representing the call of God's kingdom on our lives, as purple was associated with the Emperor in Ancient Rome), and a common symbol for Advent is the advent wreath with its four coloured candles and a central white candle. as we light each successive candle at the first service of week, we offer prayers for different spiritual blessings.

 

 

Sunday, November 29 • First Sunday of Advent

9.00am Christ Church Cathedral: Sung Eucharist

11.00am All Saints Church, Lawrence: Eucharist

 

Sunday, December 6 • Second Sunday of Advent

9.00am Christ Church Cathedral: Sung Eucharist

 

Sunday, December 13 • Third Sunday of Advent

9.00am Christ Church Cathedral: Sung Eucharist

11.00am All Saints Church, Lawrence: Eucharist

 

Sunday, December 20 • Fourth Sunday of Advent

9.00am Christ Church Cathedral: Sung Eucharist

 

 

Christmas

 

The common name for this festival of Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ is derived from the older name, Christ Mass (just as halloween is derived from All Hallows Eve). In the Western Churches the celebration last 12 days, as the old Christmas Carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas, reminds us. (Sadly, that song also reminds us that religious prejudice and fear of people whose religious practices are different from our own is not a new thing.) In the Eastern Churches, Christmas is celebrated on several different dates, with January 6 (our Twelfth Day, the Feast of the Epiphany) as the most common date. The liturgical colour for this special season is white or gold.

 

 

Thursday, December 24 • Christmas Eve

6.00pm Christ Church Cathedral: Children’s Service (Blessing of the Christmas Crib)

11.00pm

 

Friday, December 25 • Christmas Day

9.00am Christ Church Cathedral: Eucharist

 

Sunday, December 27 • Feast of the Holy Family

9.00am Christ Church Cathedral: Eucharist

 

 

 

Sundays after Epiphany

 

The Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord Jesus Christ marks the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas. It is special day to celebrate the visit to the Christ Child by the Oriental sages (the magi, or even "wise men") who were not part of the Jewish faith tradition but sensed God calling them closer in the birth of Jesus. The Sundays that follow Epiphany invite us to explore different ways that God is revealed to us today: in Jesus, in nature, in the Bible, in other people, etc. The liturgical colour for the Sundays after the Epiphany is green, even though the proper colour for Epiphany is white or gold.

 

 

January 2021          

The only service on a Sunday during this period will be the 9.00am Eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral.

 

Sunday, January 3 • Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord Jesus (9.00am Eucharist)

Sunday, January 10 • Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus (9.00am Eucharist)

Sunday, January 17 • Second Sunday after Epiphany (9.00am Eucharist)

 

 

Sunday, January 24 • AUSTRALIA DAY LITURGY                    

9.00am Christ Church Cathedral: Sung Eucharist

PLEASE NOTE: There are no weekday services at the Cathedral between Christmas and the first Wednesday in February. The Wednesday morning Eucharists will resume on 3 February. There will be no services at All Saints Church, Lawrence until February. There are no plans for services to be held at the Church of the Holy Apostles during this period.

ASH WEDNESDAY will be 17 February 2021.

REGISTRATION UNDER COVID SAFE RULES

Unless the restrictions in place under the current NSW Public Health Orders are relaxed prior to Christmas, we shall need to limit numbers at services to 75 people while also collecting your contact infomation.

Prior registration is recommended to avoid missing out on a place and also to reduce waiting times at the door of the Cathedral.

You can register by calling (02) 6642 2844 or emailing us.

REGISTRATION UNDER COVID SAFE RULES

Unless the restrictions in place under the current NSW Public Health Orders are relaxed prior to Christmas, we shall need to limit numbers at services to 75 people while also collecting your contact infomation.

Prior registration is recommended to avoid missing out on a place and also to reduce waiting times at the door of the Cathedral.

You can register by calling (02) 6642 2844 or emailing us.

LOCATIONS

Grafton Cathedral
8 Duke St, Grafton

Holy Apostles, Copmanhurst
Sussex St, Copmanhurst

All Saints Church, Lawrence
Cnr Ward St & High St, Lawrence

CONTACT US

8–12 Duke St, Grafton

 

02 6642 2844

 

PO Box 258

Grafton, NSW 2460

parishoffice@graftoncathedral.org.au

CATHEDRAL OFFICE
 

TUE–WED–THR

9.00am to 1.00pm
2.00pm – 5.00pm

 
 
 
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