Archbishop Philip Freier will lead and preach at Christmas Morning Choral Eucharist at St Paul’s Cathedral, one of eight services to be held there on 24-25 December — two of which will be in Mandarin.
Dr Freier, who is Anglican Primate of Australia as well as Archbishop of Melbourne, will lead the 10am service on 25 December, which will also feature hymns and carols accompanied by the Cathedral Choir and organ.
The Dean of Melbourne, the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, will preach at the First Eucharist of Christmas the previous night at 10pm.
A Children’s Christmas Service, including stories, music and activities, at 3pm on 24 December will open two of the busiest days on the Cathedral calendar. That night, at 11.45pm, a traditional Midnight Mass will be held, with singing led by the Open Door Gospel Singers, directed by Shaun Islip.
Two Mandarin services will be held — at 8pm on Christmas Eve and at 1.30pm on Christmas Day.
Here is the full program of services at St Paul’s Cathedral, corner Flinders and Swanston Streets, for 24-25 December:
CHRISTMAS EVE, Monday 24 December
3pm – Children’s Christmas Service
All are warmly welcome to celebrate the birth of Jesus with stories, music and activities especially for children.
6pm – Christmas Carol Service
Join us for a traditional Service of Lessons and Carols (a repeat of the service held on 16 December).
8pm – A Mandarin Christmas
10pm – First Eucharist of Christmas
A traditional service with Holy Communion, led by the Cathedral Choir. The Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, Dean of Melbourne, will preach.
11.45pm – Midnight Mass
The Open Door Gospel Singers, directed by Shaun Islip, will lead the singing at this traditional Midnight Mass to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, Dean of Melbourne, will preach.
CHRISTMAS DAY, Tuesday 25 December
8am – Holy Communion with Carols
Celebrate Christmas at this Book of Common Prayer service. The Revd Canon Heather Patacca will preach.
10am – Christmas Morning Choral Eucharist
The Archbishop of Melbourne, the Most Revd Dr Philip Freier, will preach and lead this Christmas morning Eucharist. Be uplifted by wonderful Christmas readings, hymns and carols accompanied by the Cathedral Choir and organ.
1.30pm – Mandarin Eucharist