Christ Church Events: 2 - 26 December 2006

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C H R I S T  C H U R C H  C A T H E D R A L  D U B L I N
S a t u r d a y  2  -  T u e s d a y  2 6  D e c e m b e r  2 0 0 6

D i a r y  O v e r v i e w

Saturday 2 December
  13.15 - Concerts @ Christ Church 5 (Judy Lambert & Tristan Russcher)
Sunday 3 December
  15.30 - Evening Prayer
  17.00 - The Advent Procession (Cathedral choirs	)
Wednesday 6 December—Nicholas, bishop of Myra, c.326
  17.00 - Evening Prayer (said)
  17.45 - Choral Evensong (Cathedral Choirs at St Patrick's Cathedral)
Saturday 9 December
  13.15 - Concerts @ Christ Church 6 (Aisling Kenny & Fraser Wilson)
  20.00 - Concert: Amnesty International Christmas Carols for Freedom
Tuesday 12 December
  13.15 - Charity Carol Service (Cathedral Girls' Choir & ATB Lay Clerks)
Wednesday 13 December
  20.00 - Concert: Carols at Christ Church (Cathedral Choirs)
Friday 15 December
  19.30 - Concert: 3Rock 'Essential': multimedia Christmas experience
Sunday 17 December
  15.30 - Service of Lessons and Carols (No tickets required)
Monday 18 December
  20.00 - Diocesan Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (Tickets required)
Sunday 24 December - Advent IV (Christmas Eve)
  11.00 - Cathedral Eucharist (said)
  15.30 - Evening Prayer (said)
  23.00 - First Eucharist of the Nativity (Cathedral Choir)
Monday 25 December (Christmas Day)
  11.00 - Cathedral Eucharist (Cathedral Choir)
Tuesday 26 December—St Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr
  10.00 - Cathedral closed to visitors all day.


Saturday 2 December 2006 - Concerts @ Christ Church 5 (13.15)
Judy Lambert, a soprano lay clerk in the cathedral choir, accompanied
on the piano by Tristan Russcher, acting assistant organist, will give a
recital on Saturday 2 December at lunchtime. Further details of the
lunchtime recital series on the cathedral website at:

Sunday 3 December 2006 - Evening Prayer (15.30)
As the Advent Procession takes place this Sunday,
said evening prayer will replace choral evensong.

Sunday 3 December 2006 - Advent Procession (17.00)
Sung by the combined cathedral choirs, the Advent Procession
is a service of carols and readings by candlelight, and will include
Bairstow 'Let all mortal flesh', Hough 'Advent Calendar', Britten
'Hymn of St Columba' and Finzi 'Magnificat'. The service will be
filmed and recorded for a DVD, and the congregation is invited to
be seated by 4.50pm at the latest.

Wednesday 6 December 2006 - Evening Prayer (17.00)
Evening prayer will be said at Christ Church. The congregation is also
invited to attend choral evensong at nearby St Patrick's cathedral at
17.45, when the service will be sung by the combined girls' choirs
and lay vicars of St Patrick's and Christ Church cathedrals.

Wednesday 6 December 2006 - Choral Evensong (17.45 @ St Patrick's)
Sung by the combined girls' choirs and lay clerks of both Christ Church
and St Patrick's cathedrals, the music will include Leighton responses,
Leighton 'Colleguim Madgalenae Oxoniensis' and Britten 'A hymn
of St Columba'. For the St Patrick's music list, see:

Saturday 9 December 2006 - Concerts @ Christ Church 6 (13.15)
Aisling Kenny, a soprano lay clerk in the cathedral choir, accompanied
on the piano by Fraser Wilson, the cathedral organ scholar, will give a
recital on Saturday 9 December at lunchtime. Further details of the
lunchtime recital series on the cathedral website at:

Saturday 9 December 2006 - Amnesty Christmas Concert (20.00)
Amnesty International hold their annual Christmas concert,
'Carols for Freedom' at Christ Church on Saturday 9 December at 8pm.
With Bethan Kilfoil as MC, artists will include: John Spillane and Louis
De Paor (The Gaelic Hit Factory), Fil Campbell (RTÉ Songbirds Series),
the cathedral choir, directed by Judy Martin, organists, Tristan Russcher
and Eoin Tierney, soprano, Sylvia O'Brien and Liam Lawton. Doors open
7.30pm (8pm start), and tickets are €25 available from Ticketmaster:
Supported by RTÉ lyric fm and Sunday Tribune.
To support the human rights work of Amnesty International,
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For further details of the 'Carols for Freedom' concert see online at:

Tuesday 12 December 2006 - Charity Carol Service (13.15)
Sung by the cathedral girls' choir with the alto, tenor and bass
lay clerks, the charity carol service will this year be in aid of
Our Lady’s Hospice, Harolds Cross. For details see:

Wednesday 13 December 2006 - Cathedral Choirs Christmas Concert (20.00)
The combined cathedral choirs present 'Carols at Christ Church', a concert
of seasonal favourites with festive fun for all the family. Come and join
in! Directed by Judy Martin, with accompanists, Tristan Russcher &
Fraser Wilson. Tickets €15 / €10 from the music office on
01 671 2426, or at the door. Details on the cathedral website at:

Friday 15 December 2006 - 3Rock Christmas Concert (19.30)
3Rock will hold their Christmas youth carols service at Christ Church,
called 'Essential at Christ Church'. Billed as a multimedia Christmas carol
experience where 'Nostalgia becomes a Reality’, this is the first of two
carol services, the second of which will take place in St Saviour's, Arklow
in Glendalough diocese. Admission is free, but pre-booking is advised
For further details see 3Rock's website online at:

Sunday 17 December 2006 - Service of Lessons and Carols (15.30)
Sung by the cathedral choirs, this service of lessons and carols will take
the place of choral evensong on Sunday 17 December at 3.30pm. No tickets
are required for the service, and all are most welcome. See online at:

Monday 18 December 2006 - Diocesan Carol Service (20.00)
The diocesan festival of nine lessons and carols will take place
at the cathedral on Monday 18 December at 8pm. Tickets are
required for this service. For those wishing to attend, please
send a stamped addressed envelope to the cathedral office:
Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8.

Sunday 24 December 2006 - Cathedral Eucharist (11.00)
As the fourth Sunday in Advent this year is also Christmas Eve,
the cathedral eucharist will be said in advance of the evening eucharist.
The preacher will be the dean's vicar, the Revd Mark Gardner.

Sunday 24 December 2006 - Evening Prayer (15.30)
Evening prayer on this Christmas Eve is said.

Sunday 24 December 2006 - First Eucharist of the Nativity (23.00)
Sung by the cathedral choir, the preacher will be the dean, the
Very Revd Desmond Harman. Music will include Haydn, 'Missa
Sancti Nicolai' and Mathias 'A babe is born', with concluding
organ voluntary, 	Vierne 'Final (Symphonie VI)'.

Monday 25 December 2006 - Festal Christmas Eucharist (11.00)
Sung by the cathedral choir, the preacher will be the archbishop,
the Most Revd Dr John Neill. Music will include Palestrina 'Missa
Hodie Christus natus est', Poulenc 'O magnum mysterium' and
concluding organ voluntary, Widor 'Toccata (Symphonie V)'.

Tuesday 26 December 2006 - Cathedral closed (10.00 - 17.00)
On St Stephen's day, the cathedral will remain closed to visitors.

All are most welcome to attend all cathedral services and events.
Details of these can usually be found online at:

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