Celebrating the Season: Christmas & New Year's Eve

Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 24
8 am - Morning Prayer

4 pm - Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols
The Cathedral Choristers are joined by members of the Cathedral Choir in this family-friendly service, featuring readings, Christmas carols, and larger-than-life puppets to tell the Christmas story. Kent Tritle and Associate Choirmaster Bryan Zaros lead the Choristers. No passes are needed to attend!

Carols by Willcocks, Britten, Machaut, Handl, Caccini, Rutter, and Briggs

10:30 pm - Christmas Eve Festal Eucharist
Prelude music begins at 10 pm. The Bishop of New York celebrates the Eucharist and preaches. The Cathedral Choirs and Orchestra perform a festive mass setting and anthems, as well as classic Christmas carols. Special guests Paul Winter and Susanna Phillips join to celebrate the Christmas spirit.

Advanced passes for this service have all been distributed, however passes are not required and all are encouraged to attend!

Selctions from Orgelbüchlein – J. S. Bach
Concerto for Two Trumpets in C Major - Antonio Vivaldi

Service Music:
Coronation Mass – W. A. Mozart
God is With Us – John Tavener
Cantique de Noël – Adolphe Adam

Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 25
10:30 am - Christmas Day Choral Eucharist
The Dean preaches and the Cathedral Choir sings. This will be the only liturgy this day. Music of Victoria and Lauridsen.

New Year's Eve
Monday, December 31
8 am - Morning Prayer
12:15 pm - Holy Eucharist
5 pm - Evening Prayer

7 pm - New Year's Eve Concert for Peace
Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event. Led by Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music, this year’s concert includes William Boyce’s Symphony No. 1 in B-flat. Soloist Sidney Outlaw joins the choir for Robert Convery’s powerful setting of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I have a dream, followed by the New York premiere of Wayne Oquin’s Allelulia. There is also music by Mozart, J.S. Bach, and special guests throughout the evening. And of course, the Cathedral Choir’s own Jamet Pittman leads the audience and invites them to join in with This little light of mine as we light candles to welcome the new year with hope, joy, and affirmation.

11 pm - New Year's Eve Watchnight Service
Join the Cathedral community in ringing in the New Year with this special late-night service.

New Year’s Day
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
10:30 am - New Year's Day Eucharist
Please note, this Eucharist will be the only service on New Year’s Day.

For information on daily services, browse the calendar or visit the main Worship page.