Weekly Update | December 3, 2023

The Season of Advent arrives on Sunday, 3 December as we light the first candle. This time of waiting, anticipation, preparation and hope will be filled with opportunities to gather for prayer and reflection.

Later that day at 5pm on 3 Dec., Lessons and Carols will be sung by the St. John’s Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Gravis and accompanied by Dr. Zachery Neufeld.

On Advent II we will celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe during the 10am Sunday service on 10 Dec., followed by a festive Latin feast.

During the following week, on Dec. 13 in the evening at 7pm, The Guibord Center will host an Interfaith Program of Grief and Spiritual Solidarity in response to the war in Israel and Palestine. As a house of prayer for all people, St. John’s Cathedral is honored to host this special gathering. Please join us.

After Sunday services on Dec. 17th, the Vestry of St. John’s will meet at noon for our monthly business meeting. This is an open meeting; you are most welcome. Sometime that weekend, it is my hope that we can green our Cathedral for Christmas. If you are interested in helping, please let us know. Stay tuned for more information.

On Advent IV, which is also Christmas Eve, there will be a combined 9am service in the morning, followed by a 7pm candlelight service, and a festive 10:30pm Christmas Eve service with the Bishop of Los Angeles, The Rt. Rev. John H. Taylor, who will preside and preach late night. Then on Christmas Day, there will be a joyful service at 10am.

2023 will draw to a close on Sunday, 31 Dec. with Sunday services at 8am and 10am – at our regular times.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the month of December as we gather in hope once again. May you experience God’s love and peace this Season.

Blessings and love,