Christmas 2016 at St. John’s

We invite you to look around and get a feel for our community. We hope to provide a space that welcomes both the spiritual seeker and the seasoned disciple, so that people from many starting points can find their home in God with us.


Remaining Services

December 24, Christmas Eve,

5pm: Family Service with Children’s program. Familiar carols followed by a Christmas party and piñata.

10:30pm: Solemn Christmas Mass. All the fanfare and pageantry of Christmas Eve at the Cathedral. Traditional hymns and carols sung by all, with special offerings sung by the Cathedral Choir, accompanied by The St. John’s Baroque


music for Christmas Eve 10:30 Solemn High Mass

All this, in addition to many familiar carols, sung by all!


Chorale -prelude on ‘Silent Night’, Samuel Barber; Carillon de Westminister, Louis Vierne (played by Canon

for Music Ministry and Cathederal Arts, Ned Tipton)

Pastorale, from Concerto Grosso, Op. 6No. 8:VI, Arcangelo Corelli (played by The St. John’s Baroque Ensemble)

Canzonetta spirituale sopra la Nana: ’Hor chè tempo di dormire’, Tarquino Merula (sung by Hilary Fraser-

Thomson, soprano; accompanied by Jason Yoshida, luth; and Eva Lymenstull, violoncello)

Gloria in excelsis, from Missa Brevis in G (BWV 236), Vom Himmel hoch (BWV 243a), and Sanctus (BWV

240), J. S. Bach (the Cathedral Choir, accompanied by the St. John’s Baroque Ensemble)

… along with: O come, all ye faithful

                       Angels we have heard on high

                       The First Nowell

                       Of the Father’s love begotten

                       What child is this

                       Silent night, holy night

                       Hark! the herald angels sing

December 25, Christmas Day,

11am: Quiet Christmas Mass, with traditional carols.

Note: No 8am service this day.

New Year’s Day - Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017,

11am: Begin the New Year celebrating the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, with Traditional hymns and carols.

Note: No 8am service this day.

Other Advent and Christmas events and activities

Alternative Christmas Giving - the Advent Conspiracy This year, as in years past, we invite members of St. John’s to think of alternative gifts for those we love this Christmas. In particular, our focus will be to help four specific projects near to many of our hearts: 1) Laundry Love, 2) The Cathedral Food Pantry, 3) All Saints Highland Park Winter Shelter, and 4) Episcopal Relief and Development Water Project. In general, let’s try to spend less, give more, worship fully and love all. What better gift would rejoice the heart of the vulnerable and homeless Babe of Bethlehem? Minimum donation: $20. We will be selling cards for you to purchase in someone's name (to benefit one of the four projects listed above) after services on December 4, 11, and 18.  

Help decorate the Cathedral for Christmas! - The annual Greening of the Cathedral will take place on Friday, Dec. 23, beginning at 5pm. Volunteers are most welcome, and very much needed! A dinner follows. Signup during the Coffee Hour after services, or contact the Church Office. Please see Matt Leum for details.


New Year’s Day (after mass) plans? - come to a Parish-wide open house at Clergy House. 4-7pm, January 1, 2017.  Please respond to the Evite, or call/email the Church Office so that the cooks will know how much food to prepare.