Lichfield Cathedral is inviting visitors to join its Christmas journey for 2017, which will be marked through worship, prayer and some exciting special events.
People of all ages are invited to attend the cathedral’s services, where they can reflect and pray in the magnificent surroundings of the cathedral.
These include the Advent Carol Services on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Sunday 17th, 24th December, and Midnight Mass on Sunday 24th December, as well as Choral Eucharist on Christmas Day and Cloth for the Cradle on Boxing Day.
In the week leading up to Christmas there will be a spectacular Cathedral Illuminated, which takes ‘Star of Wonder, Star of Light’ as its theme. On the back of last year’s illuminated event and this summer’s Great Exhibition, this fantastic display, taking place at various times between Monday 18th and Saturday 23rd December, is not to be missed! This will be a ticket only event. Please check the website for more details.
Shoppers can take a break from their Christmas shopping at the Shoppers Carol Service on Saturday 23rd December and have an hour of peace and reflection with some popular readings and Christmas Carols from 2pm.
At the Family Crib Service on Christmas Eve, everyone is welcome to come dressed as a Nativity character. This celebration of Christmas in drama and song starts at 3pm.
Also perfect for the whole family is the screening of The Snowman film on Thursday 21st December at 1.30pm, 3.45pm and 7pm. The film will be brought to life by a live professional orchestra.
The cathedral’s annual Christmas Tree Festival will once again take place in the Quire aisles of the Cathedral, with local schools, charities and businesses being invited to participate. From £50,£75 and £200 they will receive a beautiful five-foot high Nordmann fir tree, a set of LED lights to adorn it, and a stand for their own publicity. Funds raised will go to The Friends of Lichfield Cathedral, a charitable organisation which supports the ongoing work of the cathedral.
Visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite tree with trophies awarded to the winners. In 2016 more than 40,000 people attended the festival, which this year is being held between Saturday 2nd December and Wednesday 3rd January.
Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield Cathedral, says: “We have a wonderful Christmas programme of services and events lined up this year which we’re very excited about, and we look forward as always to extending a very warm welcome to all our visitors.
“Our carol services, big-screen film performances and ‘A Cathedral Illuminated’ in particular are perennial favourites, and we hope to see both new and familiar faces paying us a visit over the festive period.”
For any shoppers looking for that perfect Christmas gift for a loved one, the cathedral’s Shop at No.9 is the ideal place to browse through a fantastic range of locally produced and unique handpicked items, including books, stationery, prints and candles.
To find out more about this year’s Christmas journey at Lichfield Cathedral, visit the website at www.lichfield-cathedral.org. Any businesses interested in taking part in the Christmas Tree Festival should call Oliver Birch on 01543 622460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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