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York Minster's 2017 Christmas services

Article by Sharon Atkinson

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A range of special services will take place at York Minster this weekend to mark the final days of Advent and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.

Friday 22 December – Nine Lessons and Carols, 7pm

The first of two services consisting of nine special readings, carols sung by the York Minster Choir and hymns for everyone to join in.  A traditional Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Christmas Eve – Sunday 24 December

·         12noon – Crib Service: Traditional and popular family service.

·         4pm – Nine Lessons and Carols: The second of two services consisting of nine special readings, carols sung by the York Minster Choir and hymns for everyone to join in.  A traditional Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

·         11.30pm – First Eucharist of Christmas: Traditional ‘Midnight Mass’ with music from the St William’s Singers and York Young Soloists. Preacher Canon Chancellor Chris Collingwood.

Christmas Day – Monday 25 December

York Minster’s special services celebrating Christ’s birth.

·         8am – Holy Communion (said, 1662)
·         10am: Sung Eucharist of Christmas Day. Preacher: The Archbishop of York
·         11.45am:Christmas Day Choral Matins (sung by the Minster Choir). Preacher: The Dean of York
·         4pm:Christmas Day Choral Evensong (sung by the Minster Choir).

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