Christ Church Events: 2 - 31 December 2007

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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 u n d a y  2  -  M o n d a y  3 1  D e c e m b e r  2 0 0 7

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

Sunday 2 December
  15:30 - Evening Prayer
  17.00 - Advent Procession
Monday 3 December
  Cathedral Closed: Warner Music Filming
Tuesday 4 December
  13.15 - Carol Service (Peata)
Saturday 8 December
  13.00 - Eastern District Ringing Practice
  17.00 - Choral Evensong (Cathedral Choir)
  20.00 - Amnesty Carols for Freedom
Sunday 9 December
  16.00 - Choral Evensong (Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3)
Tuesday 11 December
  13.10 - Charity Carol Service (Alzheimer Society of Ireland)
Wednesday 12 December
  17.00 - Evening Prayer
  20.00 - Christmas Carol Concert (Cathedral Choirs)
Friday 14 December
  19.30 - 3Rock Youth Service: Essential 2007
Saturday 15 December
  13.15 - Lunchtime Recital: Aisling Kenny
  17.00 - Choral Evensong
  20.00 - Eimear Quinn Concert
Sunday 16 December
  15.30 - Carol Service (Cathedral Choirs)
Monday 17 December 2007
  20.00 - Diocesan Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
Wednesday 19 December 2007
  19.00 - Evening Recital (Schubert 'Winterreise')
Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December 2007
  14:00 - Cathedral Closed
  23:00 - 'Midnight' Eucharist (Please note time)
Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2007
  11:00 - Festal Eucharist
Wednesday 26 - Thursday 27 December 2007
  Cathedral Closed
Sunday 30 December 2007
  11.00 - Said Eucharist
New Year's Eve, Monday 31 December
  23.30 - Ringing out old year and ringing in the new.


Sunday 2 December 2007 - Evening Prayer (15.30)
As the Advent Procession will take place at 5.00pm,
evening prayer will replace choral evensong at 3.30pm.

Sunday 2 December 2007 - Advent Procession (17.00)
Sung by the cathedral choir and cathedral girls' choir, the candlelit
Advent procession forms a dramatic turning point in the yearly
liturgical cycle of the church. Music at the service will include
works by Bingham 'The clouded heaven', Naylor 'Vox dicentis',
Rutter 'There is a flower', Hough 'Advent Calendar', Bruckner
'Virga Jesse', Poston 'Jesus Christ the apple tree' and the
magnificat from Blair 'Evening Service in B minor'. For further
details of Advent and Christmas services and events see online at:
For the DVD of last year's Advent Procession, see:
(Select 'Advent Carols by Candlelight').

Monday 3 December 2007 - Cathedral Closed
The cathedral will be closed all day for filming by Warner
Music for a forthcoming Christmas television programme.

Tuesday 4 December 2007 - Lunchtime Carol Service (13.15)
Peata which organises therapy dogs so enjoyed last year's charity
carol service, that an additional carol service has been held for it.
All, including animals, of which there will be many, welcome.
For details of Peata, see online at:

Saturday 8 December 2007 - Eastern District Ringing Practice (13.00)
The Eastern District ringing practice takes place at Christ
Church on Saturday 8 December. It takes place at the slightly
earlier time of 1.00pm than advertised, which is to accommodate
a BBC sound test in the cathedral in the afternoon.
For details of the Eastern District of bell ringers, see:

Saturday 8 December 2007 - Choral Evensong (17.00)
Sung by the cathedral choir. Moore 'Preces and responses',
Lloyd 'Hereford service' and Bingham 'The clouded heaven'.

Saturday 8 December 2007 - Amnesty Carols for Freedom (20.00)
The annual Carols for Freedom concert held by Amnesty
International (Irish section) will be held on Saturday 8 December
at 8.00pm preceded by a pre-concert wine reception in the crypt
starting at 7.00pm. The concert will feature Eleanor McEvoy,
Virginia Kerr, RTÉ Cór na nÓg, Fred Deane, Eoin Tierney and
special guests, with MC Bethan Kilfoil. Tickets are 25 euro
available from Amnesty International & Ticketmaster.
For further details visit or callsave 1850 882500
Supported by RTÉ Lyric FM and Waltons make music.
Full details of the Amnesty concert on the cathedral website at:

Sunday 9 December 2007 - Broadcast Choral Evensong (16.00)
Sung by the cathedral choir, this service will be broadcast live
on BBC Radio 3. The congregation is therefore asked to be seated
by at least 15.45. Music to include Moore 'Preces and responses',
Lloyd 'Hereford service' and Bingham 'The clouded heaven'. For
details of BBC Radio 3's programme of Choral Evensong see:

Tuesday 11 December 2007 - Charity Carol Service (13.10)
Sung by the cathedral girls' choir, this year's charity carol
service is in aid of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. It is followed
by mulled wine and mince pies courtesy of the Friends of Christ
Church Cathedral. For details of the service see online at:
(Select 'Lunchtime Carol Service') and the Alzheimer website:

Wednesday 12 December 2007 - Evening Prayer (17.00)
As the Christmas concert of the cathedral choirs is being
held this evening, evening prayer will take place at 5.00pm
in place of the usual 6.00pm choral evensong

Wednesday 12 December 2007 - Christmas Carol Concert (20.00)
The cathedral choirs will hold their annual Christmas concert
at the cathedral at 8.00pm. Directed by Judy Martin and
accompanied by Tristan Russcher and John Mountford,
the concert MC will be Fred Deane. Tickets are 16 and 12 euro
and are available from the Music Office at 677 8099,
music at, or at the door. Festive Fun for all the family.
 Come and join in! Full details of the concert are online at:

Friday 14 December 2007 - 3Rock Essential 2007 (19.30)
Essential 2007: where nostalgia becomes reality is an event
for secondary-school students and older organised by 3Rock
Youth, a Dublin & Glendalough diocesan youth initiative. It takes
place at Christ Church on Friday 14 December from 19.30-21.00.
Complimentary afters by Doors open at
19.00. Admission is free. Pre-book online at:

Saturday 15 December 2007 - Lunchtime Recital (13.15)
Aisling Kenny, a soprano lay vicar choral in the cathedral choir
and doctoral student in music at Maynooth University will give
a lunchtime recital at 1.15pm at the cathedral on Saturday 15
December. All are most welcome to attend. Details of concerts at:
For details of Aisling Kenny, see online at:

Sunday 15 December 2007 - Choral Evensong (17.00)
Sung by the cathedral consort. Music includes Ebdon
'Preces and responses', Moore 'S. Johannis Cantabrigiense'
and Vaughan Williams 'The truth from above'.

Saturday 15 December 2007 - Eimear Quinn Concert (20.00)
Eimear Quinn will perform a concert in the cathedral on Saturday
15 December 2007 at 8.00pm as part of a tour of Irish cathedrals
entitled 'O Holy Night - A Cathedral Tour' to promote her new album
of the same title. Eimear, who won fame as the winner of the Eurovision
Song Contest in 1996 is also a former member of the cathedral choir,
and will also perform Christmas concerts in December at St Canice's
cathedral, Kilkenny (12 December) and St Fin Barre's cathedral, Cork
(13 December). Tickets are 25 euro for the Christ Church concert
and are available from, tel: 0818 719 300 or any
ticketmaster agent including: Celtic Note, Rollercoaster and Promusica.
For full details and a link to her website, see the cathedral website at:

Sunday 16 December 2007 - Carol Service (15.30)
In place of choral evensong, the combined cathedral choirs will
sing in a carol service at 3.30pm. No tickets are required for this
service, and all are most welcome. For details of other Advent and
Christmas events, see the cathedral website online at:

Monday 17 December 2007 - Diocesan Nine Lessons and Carols (20.00)
The traditional diocesan service of nine lessons and carols will be
held at 8.00pm in the cathedral sung by the combined cathedral choirs.
Tickets are required for this service which are available free from
the cathedral office. Please send a stamped addressed envelope
to Sarah Drumm at the cathedral, or ring 01 677 8099.
Full details of Advent and Christmas events are available at:

Wednesday 19 December 2007 - Evening Recital (19.00)
Baritone, Paul Thomas, a lay vicar choral in the cathedral choir,
accompanied by Tristan Russcher, the assistant director of music
at the cathedral will perform Schubert's well know cycle of 24 poems
by Wilhelm Müller entitled 'Winterreise' (Winter Journey) at 7.00pm
on Wednesday 19 December 2007. Admission free, retiring collection.

Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December 2007 - Cathedral Closed (14.00)
As the cathedral will be reopening for the 'midnight' eucharist at 11.00,
the cathedral will remain closed from 2.00pm on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December 2007 - 'Midnight' Eucharist (23.00)
Sung by the cathedral choir. Preacher: The Very Revd Dean Desmond
Harman. The eucharistic setting will be Charpentier 'Messe de minuit'
with communion motet, Mathias 'A babe is born'.

Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2007 - Festal Eucharist (11.00)
Sung by the cathedral choir. Preacher: The Most Revd Dr John Neill,
archbishop of Dublin. The eucharistic setting is Peeters 'Missa Laudis'
and communion motet Mouton 'Nesciens Mater'. A candle of hope will
also be lit this morning for the World Cancer Research Fund).

The cathedral choirs are on holidays until
Epiphany on Sunday 6 January 2007.

Wednesday 26 - Thursday 27 December 2007 - Cathedral Closed
The cathedral will be closed for St Stephen's day and 27 December
following the festivities of Christmas day.

Sunday 30 December 2007 - Said Eucharist (11.00)
A said eucharist with hymns will be celebrated on Sunday 30 December
at 11.00. The preacher will be the dean's vicar, the Revd Mark Gardner.

New Year's Eve, Monday 31 December - Ringing in the New Year (23.30)
The old year will be rung out and new year rung in, as all Dubliners who
congregate in Christchurch Place know, at midnight at the cathedral,
where the tower will be filled with bell ringers to ring the 19 cathedral
bells. For details of the bells of the cathedral see online at:

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