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REGISTER via EVENTBRITE for free tickets to any of the following events, which will also be live-streamed:

Organ Music for Advent & Christmas
Sunday, 20 December at 7.00 pm


Christmas for Children: Carols and blessing of the crib
Christmas Eve, 6.00 pm

Midnight Service
Christmas Eve, 11.00 pm


Under the restrictions in place through the current NSW Public Health Orders we are limited to 150 people in the congregation at the Cathedral. We still need to collect 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.

Register via Eventbrite for our special services or call the Cathedral office on (02) 6642 2844.

Advent • Christmas • Epiphany​

2020 – 2021




The season of Advent marks the beginning of the Christian year, and extends across the four Sundays prior to Christmas. 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

7.00pm Christ Church Cathedral: Organ Music for Advent & 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: Christmas for Children: Carols in the Cathedral Gardens

11.00pm Christ Church Cathedral: Festival Eucharist with Choir and Incense


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 at Copmanhurst during this period.

ASH WEDNESDAY will be 17 February 2021.