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Advent and Christmas at Holy Cross

Advent

First Week of Advent

Advent Lessons & Carols
Nov. 28, 5:00pm

Advent Bible Study
Dec. 1, 7-8:30pm

 

second Week of Advent

Visit from St. Nicholas
Dec. 5, morning
He’s a busy man, so we don’t know
his schedule yet

Advent Bible Study
Dec. 8, 7-8:30pm

 

third Week of Advent

Women’s Christmas Tea
Dec. 12, 3:00pm

 

fourth Week of Advent

Blue Christmas Service
Dec. 19, 5:00pm

Advent Bible Study
Dec. 22, 7-8:30pm

Christmas

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24

Pageant & Holy Eucharist, 4:00pm

Musical Prelude, 10:00pm
Festival Eucharist, 10:30pm

 

Christmas Day, Dec. 25

Holy Eucharist, 10:00 am

 

Sunday, Dec. 26

Christmas Lessons & Carols,
10:00 am (No Eucharist)

 

Sunday, Jan. 2

Feast of the Epiphany observed
Holy Eucharist, 10:00am

Advent Lessons & Carols

Throughout the ages music has been used as a tool to deepen our prayers and bring us closer to the divine. We once again “prepare ourselves to hear again the message of the Angels, and in heart and mind to go even unto Bethlehem, to see the Babe lying in a manger” at our annual Advent Lessons & Carols. This service of scripture and song is steeped in beauty and tradition that is uniquely Anglican.  We hope to see you there—and maybe even with a friend.

Advent Bible Study—The Messiah

Wonderful Counselor. Mighty God. Everlasting Father. Prince of Peace. These titles are familiar to anyone who knows Handel’s Messiah, and they are drawn from a prophecy in the 9th chapter of Isaiah. Inspired by the work of Biblical Scholar Walter Brueggemann, join Rev. Kelly for a deep dive into the history of the prophet Isaiah, what those titles meant when they were written, and what they mean to us today. On Zoom.

Women’s Christmas Tea

Women and girls of all ages are invited to enjoy the holiday season at our annual Christmas Tea. Bring your own teacup and a treat to share, and spend a relaxing afternoon getting to know your sisters of the parish. Have a friend you’d like to introduce to Holy Cross? This is the perfect first event. All are welcome.

Blue Christmas Service

For many of us—and for many of us this year especially—Advent isn’t joyous, and Christmas isn’t likely merry. Perhaps, we’ve lost someone close. Perhaps, we’re unable to be with those we care about. Perhaps, there are times when we’re just not feeling “it,” whatever that’s supposed to be. For one reason or another, the season isn’t what we’d hoped or expect. Our Christmas isn’t white but blue.

Joy and peace are Christmas spirits, but so too are grief and a troubled heart. Bring those feelings to Holy Cross and to God. Churches often mark this time with a special service of prayer, a “Blue Christmas,” Another Advent for those marking an other Advent. Join us for a special evening service and mark this holiday, whatever its color. There will be time for quiet, time for prayer, and time for healing. It will be time with God.