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Advent Liturgies

To mark this holy season of longing and waiting, we change some of our usual liturgical practices.  The procession is modified and the altar is decorated more simply. During the liturgies, a greater role is given to silence, to the chanting of psalms, and to the ringing of bells. In accordance with a very ancient tradition in the church, the use of the organ is reduced during Advent.

Advent Wreath

The Advent wreath is a devotion Catholics have adopted from the Lutheran tradition. Prior to each Mass, the priest gathers with the liturgical ministers for the prayer and candle-lighting associated with the wreath. With each succeeding Sunday of Advent, an additional candle is lit on the wreath, a symbol of the dawning of the light of Christ into the world.

Advent Bazaar

On Sunday morning, December 3, after the 8am, 10am, and Noon Masses, we have an opportunity to get started on our Christmas shopping while supporting a number of great causes! Jubilate! Young Women’s Ensemble, L’Arche, Catholic Relief Services, the Association of Catholic Childhood, and others will be selling items to support those in need.

The Giving Tree

Stop by Cathedral Hall or the Cathedral (outside the Mary shrine) to pick a tag off our annual Giving Tree. Each tag contains a gift wish from someone in need in our community. It’s easy and fun to participate: simply shop for the gift and return it after Sunday Mass or to the Parish Office by Sunday, December 17. Information, Patrick Barredo, 206-382-4515 or pbarredo@stjames-cathedral.org.

Catholic 101: Mary, Model of Prayer

Wednesday, November 29, 7:00pm, Holy Names Room. Dr. Victoria Ries helps us prepare for the season of Advent by reflecting on Mary as a model for Christian prayer. This presentation is part of our year-long series, Catholic 101, devoting one Wednedsay of each month to an exploration of Catholic life, tradition, and teaching.

Young Adults Sock Drive

Our 14th Annual “Warm Hearts and Soles” Advent Sock Drive is underway! Our Goal: 2,018 pairs of socks for homeless men. Please drop socks off at coffee hour after 8:00am, 10:00am, and 12 Noon Masses in Advent. If you're ordering socks online, have them shipped directly to St. James Cathedral! Information, Curtis Leighton, cleighton@stjames-cathedral.org.

Light: Contemplative Prayer

On Friday, December 1 at 6:30pm, you are invited to join in this beautiful prayer of music, candlelight, and silence. Set aside a Friday evening this Advent to experience the meditative, peaceful spirit of Taizé.

Madre de las Americas

Saturday, December 2, 11:30am, Entrance of the Dancers and Mariachi. 12:10pm, Mass with Archbishop Sartain. The Hispanic community of western Washington comes together at this celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Mother of the Americas. All are welcome.

Advent Evening of Reflection

Monday, December 4, 2017, 6:30pm (gather); 7:00-9:00pm (retreat), Pastoral Outreach Center, 907 Columbia Street. Enter the stillness of Advent by joining fellow parishioners for an evening of quiet prayer. Rosanne Michaels of the Cathedral staff will guide us through a time of prayerful silence and reflection, while parishioner Anne Sokol Philpott will provide musical meditations on the violin. Information, or to RSVP, Rosanne Michaels, 206 654-4658, or rmichaels@stjames-cathedral.org.

Murder in the Cathedral

On Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00pm, you are invited to explore T. S. Eliot’s classic meditation on the martyrdom of St. Thomas a Becket. Eliot’s play is a wonderful reflection for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Corinna Laughlin will discuss the poem and Scott Webster will read key passages. Reading the play in advance (it’s available in the Cathedral Bookstore) is helpful but not necessary.

The Immaculate Conception

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be observed on Thursday, December 7 at 5:30pm Mass and on Friday, December 8 at the 8:15 am, 10:10am, and 5:30 pm Masses.

Simbang Gabi Celebration

Saturday, December 9, 11:00am Mass. Join Bishop Elizondo and participants from some 80 parishes for the festive opening celebration of Simbang Gabi, a novena of Masses in which we prepare for Christmas in company with Mary. This colorful and prayerful Mass includes the blessing of parols (traditional star shaped lanterns from the Philippines) and helps us to focus our Christmas celebration on the coming of Jesus, Light of the World. All are welcome.

Communal Reconciliation Services

will be held on Saturday, December 16 at 4:00pm and Monday, December 18 at 7:30pm. During these beautiful services of readings, reflection and song, we will open ourselves to experience the gift of God’s gracious and loving forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance. It has long been a tradition in the church to confess one’s sins before celebrating the great feast of Christmas. These will be ideal times to do so.

Greening of the Cathedral

On Wednesday, December 20 at 6:15pm, Cathedral Young Adults are invited to help decorate the Cathedral for Christmas. This is a fun evening for anyone in their 20’s or 30’s to come together to make the Cathedral even more beautiful for the Christmas season. We’ll start with pizza and cider and then head over to the Cathedral. This is a favorite event for young adults—we hope you can join us! RSVP required! Information or to RSVP, Curtis Leighton, cleighton@stjames-cathedral.org.

Vespers: Evening Prayer

4:00pm Sunday afternoons. You are invited to join in the universal prayer of the Church, the Liturgy of the Hours, a forty minute service of sung prayer concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. This beautiful candlelit service is the perfect conclusion to a December Sunday.

Cathedral Kids Epiphany Party

Saturday, January 6, 11:00am—2:00pm, Cathedral Hall. It's really for the whole family—don’t miss it! There will be activities, games, lunch, caroling, piñatas and more. RSVP required. Please contact Theresa Van De Ven with the number of children and adults attending, 206-219-5822 or tvandeven@stjames-cathedral.org.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass Schedules
(note schedule change!)

This year, December 24 falls on a Sunday. Please note that the morning Masses on December 24 at 8 and 10 will be Masses for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, not Christmas. Please note: there will be no Noon Mass and no 4:00pm Vespers service on Sunday, December 24. The Christmas Masses will begin on December 24 at 5:30pm with the Vigil Mass of Christmas, followed by the Christmas Mass during the Night at 10:00pm (please note the time!). The Masses of Christmas Day on Monday, December 25 will be 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00 Noon, and 5:30pm. Solemn Vespers of Christmas will be at 4:00pm on Christmas Day. Find out more at www.stjames-cathedral.org.




Musical Prayer for Advent

Saturday, December 9 at 8:00 pm
Nowell Sing We
With roots in antiquity and beyond, winter celebrations have a long history in European culture. The Medieval Women’s Choir provides a uniquely medieval musical celebration of Christmas. Information and passes at www.medievalwomenschoir.org.
Friday, December 15 at 7:30pm
A Service of Readings & Carols
St. James presents the annual Service of Readings and Carols. In the soft glow of candlelight, youth readers tell the story of Christ’s birth. The Cathedral’s youth and adult choirs are joined by the Cathedral Brass and two organs to perform jubilant music for the Advent and Christmas seasons.
Sunday, December 17 at 7:30pm
Aye, Sing We Now of Joy!
Resident ensemble Opus 7 rings in Advent and Christmas with a program of European and American favorites conducted by Loren Pontén, including Poulenc’s dramatic Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël, Distler’s variations of Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming, and the exultant O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf by Brahms. The program also includes works by Pacific Northwest composers Giselle Wyers, Stephen Brozovich, John Muehleisen, and Bern Herbolsheimer.
Sunday, December 31 at 11:00 pm
New Year’s Eve Concert:
The Americans in Paris

Ring in the New Year with Seattle’s longest-running classical New Year’s Eve concert, featuring the Cathedral Choir singing music from significant Parisian churches including Notre Dame and St. Sulpice. The program for two organs and choir includes works by Dupré, Widor, Vierne, and others. This year’s concert marks the return of the “midnight surprise”!  Get your passes online at www.stjames-cathedral.org/music or call 206-382-4874.

Information, 206-382-4874 or www.stjames-cathedral.org/music


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