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Holidays & Seasons

Holidays, special seasons, and special days provide unique opportunities to allow the gospel to do its work and to engage with other Adventers. From our Lenten Preaching and Lunches series each Spring through our Christmas Eve services each December, the vibrant and active Advent congregation offers something for everyone all year.

RALLY DAY​

The first Sunday after Labor Day every year, Adventers celebrate the start of a new year with a special 9:00 a.m. service in the Nave that features a gospel-centered skit and special Sunday school teacher commissioning. In the evening, two separate fellowship events take place: a family-friendly picnic at the Birmingham Children’s Zoo and a fellowship meal in our Rector’s Garden following our 5:00 p.m. service.

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Lessons & Carols

The Cathedral Church of the Advent offers several services of Lessons and Carols every year during the Advent season, leading up to Christmas. These services are based on a structure popularized by Kings College, Cambridge (in England) and features passages of Scripture read, anthems, hymns and carols sung, drawing all who attend more deeply into the story of the coming of Christ. The Advent offers these services during one of our Sunday morning services, on a Thursday evening in December, and on a Sunday evening during our 5:00 p.m. service.

Advent Choir singing
The Rev. Katherine Jacobs speaking from a podium

Christmas at the Advent

December is a special month at the Advent, filled with  services and activities that celebrate the Advent season, remembering Christ’s first coming and expecting his coming again. Excitement builds toward our anticipated Christmas Eve services and Christmas Day service. Our worship spaces are decorated with Christmas greenery and candles, creating a unique, beautiful, and traditional Christmas experience in downtown Birmingham.

Man and a woman posing for a picture

LeNT at the Advent

Running continuously since 1908 and beginning on Ash Wednesday of every year, our Lenten Preaching and Lunches mark a time of openness and generosity at the Advent. Guest preachers come from across the United States and around the world to share the gospel each weekday at 12:05 p.m. Hundreds of Advent volunteers turn our space into a restaurant, serving delicious lunches to all who enter.

Holy Week & Easter

Our Holy Week services include the last week of our Lenten Preaching and Lunches, as well as special services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. We have five glorious services on Easter morning and evening. Traditional services featuring the Cathedral Choir are held in the Advent’s beautiful and historic Nave, while services with modern arragements are held at 11:00 a.m. on Easter morning in our Refectory worship space and at 5:00 p.m. in the Nave. 

Sanctuary full of people