Christmas and Advent Services at your cathedral

You are all warmly welcome at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul this Advent and Christmas season.  Here are the services our Cathedral whānau are offering during this time (you can download a PDF of the services here):

Sunday, 16 December: 7.00 pm
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
A beautiful service preparing us for Christmas, with lessons read by community leaders from around our city.

Sunday, 23 December: 5.00pm
La Nativité du Seigneur (The birth of the Saviour)
Nine meditations for organ by Olivier Messiaen with scripture readings.  This will take the place of the usual Choral Evensong.

Monday, 24 December (Christmas Eve): 4.30 pm
Christingle Service
For children and families – come dressed as an animal, an angel, a shepherd or a wise man or woman.

Later on Christmas Eve: 10.30 pm
Community Carol Singing
Then at 11.00 pm
Midnight Mass with Cathedral Choir
Setting: Missa Brevis Dove
Preacher: The Right Reverend Dr Eleanor Sanderson, Assistant Bishop of Wellington

Tuesday, 25 December (Christmas Day): 7.45 am
Christmas Eucharist with Carols
Then at 10.00 am
Festal Choral Eucharist and Blessing of the Crib
Setting: Missa Brevis Dove
Preacher: The Very Reverend David Rowe, Dean of Wellington


Following Christmas, Sunday services continue on 30th December and throughout January 2019 at these times:

  • 8:00am Holy Communion
  • 10:00am Eucharist with Hymns

On Sunday the 27th of January:
Patronal Festival: Conversion of St Paul and “Blessing of the Backpacks” for the new academic year

  • 8:00am Holy Communion
  • 10:00am Choral Eucharist
  • 5:00pm Choral Evensong

Then from Monday the 28th of January 2019, the Cathedral’s daily pattern of services re-commences:

  • 8:15am Morning Prayer resumes
  • 12:15pm Weekday Eucharist resumes
  • 5:15pm Evening Prayer resumes

On Sunday the 3rd of February, the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas) will be held:

  • 8:00am Holy Communion
  • 10:00am Choral Eucharist
  • 5:00pm Choral Evensong

And on Thursday the 14th of February, Thursday Choral Evensong resumes at 5:30pm.