Advent and Christmas at the Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral

Sunday 1 December
  5.00 pm       Advent Sequence
Sung by the Cathedral Choir in procession to mark the beginning of Advent, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
Wednesday 4 December
12.00 noon   ‘Light up a Life’ Service led by Bishop Tom Williams
Dedicate a light and receive a star at the service to write a personal message.  The star will be placed on the tree in memory of your loved one and their name will be entered in a Book of Remembrance.  Details Tel: 0151 261 2023.
  7.30 pm       SAMM Service
This annual service is organised by SAMM (Support after Murder and Manslaughter) Merseyside and is intended for families and individuals who have suffered a traumatic loss to come together to remember loved ones with dignity and respect.
Thursday 5 December
  7.00 pm       Carols by Candlelight
A festive concert of carols and choir performances in aid of the NSPCC.  Tickets Tel: 0113 887 1120.
Saturday 7 December
  7.30pm        Concert Society Christmas Concert
Traditional Carols for choirs and audience.  Taking part are the Cathedral Cantata Choir, Carleton House School Choir, Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Westhoughton Choir and the Cathedral Orchestra.  Tickets available from the Cathedral Gift Shop 0151 707 3525 or
Sunday 8 December
  3.00 pm       Evening Prayer with J S Bach’s cantata ‘Wachet auf’ (‘Sleepers Wake’)
  6.00 pm       Marie Curie ‘Lights to Remember’ Service
Light a candle, take part in an evening of carols and readings and see the volunteer’s daffodil procession, followed by refreshments and mince pies.  Details Tel: 0151 801 1412.
Wednesday 11 December and Thursday 12 December
  1.30 pm       Schools Advent Services
For schools throughout the Archdiocese of Liverpool.  The Christmas story is told by staff and clergy from the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Friday 13 December
  7.30 pm       BBC Radio Merseyside Christmas Carol Service
Tickets from the BBC Radio Merseyside, Hanover Street, Liverpool.  The Carol Service will be recorded for broadcast on Christmas Eve.  Details Tel: 0151 708 5500.
Saturday 14 December
  7.00 pm       Celebration of Christmas
A magical evening of Christmas carols and seasonal favourites for all the family featuring the BBC’s Roger Phillips as compere.  Tickets £5 or £10 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children -no concessions).  Tickets available from or the Cathedral Gift Shop Tel: 0151 707 3525
Sunday 15 December
  3.00 pm       Evening Prayer with Britten's 'Ceremony of Carols'
Thursday 19 December
  2.00 pm       Dementia Friendly Christmas Carol Concert
‘Songs we remember.’  Featuring the students from Great Crosby and Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary Schools along with the ‘Songs we Remember’ Choir.  Details: Pastoral Formation Department Tel: 0151 522 1046 or
Sunday 22 December
  5.00 pm       Festival Carol Service
A mix of seasonal music and readings and congregational carols. Refreshments will be served after the Service.
Christmas Eve: Tuesday 24 December
  3.00 pm       First Vespers of Christmas and Blessing of the Crib
12.00 am       Midnight Mass of Christmas
Celebrant: Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP
Please be seated by 11.45 pm.  Mass will begin at midnight.
Christmas Day: Wednesday 25 December
  8.30 am       Mass (Blessed Sacrament Chapel)
10.00 am       Family Mass (Crypt)
11.00 am       Solemn Mass (Cathedral)