Cathedral Summer Music Festival of Sacred Music featuring German Music of the Baroque
8:00am – Holy Communion
Presider & Preacher: Dean Peter Elliott
10:30am – Choral Eucharist
Presider: The Rev. Ross Bliss
Preacher: Dean Peter Elliott
Choir: Cathedral Choir
5:30pm – St. Brigids Eucharist
Presider: The Rev. Marnie Peterson
Preacher: Andrew Stephens-Rennie
8:00pm – Gregorian Chant: The Service of Compline
The Cathedral bells ring just prior to services on Sundays, and during the week. Please note the bells may be rung for special services and events outside this schedule. The weekly schedule can be found here.
Christ Church Anglican Cathedral offers many services on Sundays. Are you interested in attending a service but don’t know which you might like to attend? Below is a brief outline of what you can expect at the different services.
8:00am Holy Communion
This is a quiet, reflective service which uses the old language of the Book of Common Prayer (thee and thou, for example). There are usually between 30 – 40 people in the congregation and the service lasts about 45 minutes. There is no singing but the organ is usually played while people receive communion and at the end of the service.
10:30am Choral Eucharist
This is a service filled with music! Most often the organ is played and the Cathedral choir sings, but sometimes there are visiting choirs. Between 300-400 people usually attend and the service usually lasts about an hour and a quarter. The language is modern and the age range varies from the very young (there is a nursery and a great children’s program) to those in their 90’s, with everyone in between.
5:30pm St Brigids Eucharist
St. Brigids is an emerging Christian community where faith is nurtured, discipleship pursued, and questions are honoured. Throughout this service, we read scripture, sing and pray together as we gather “in the round,” facing one another. The homily (or sermon) is shared, and offers a time when members of the community respond to and complete the initial reflections offered by the preacher. Eucharist is celebrated with the entire congregation gathered around the table, before sending one another out to live lives reflective of Christ’s gospel.
8:00pm Gregorian Chant: The Service of Compline
This is a contemplative way to end the day with beautiful ageless music and gentle lighting. The congregation sits in the semi-dark listening to the choir and finding their own spiritual space through the music and silence. About 60-90 people usually attend and the service lasts about half an hour.
This service generally does not occur during Advent and Epiphany (December-January) each year. Please see current service listings for details.