The cathedral’s Advent Procession with Lessons and Carols takes place at 3.30 pm on Sunday 2 December, with music provided by the cathedral choir directed by Geraint Bowen and accompanied by Peter Dyke. No tickets are required for this very special and atmospheric event marking the beginning of the Church’s year and the start of preparations for Christmas.

The service is based on the pre-Reformation Advent Offices of the English Church, and is full of music and texts chosen to emphasise that Advent is not only a season of preparation for the birth of Christ, but also a challenging time of making ready for his second coming as judge of the world. It starts with a slow procession through the cathedral nave from west to east, leaving behind the darkness of night and moving towards the light of the rising sun, towards the dawning of a new age in which the love of God is triumphant over sin and death.

This movement is reflected in the sequence of lessons, which, through the words of the prophets, tell the story of how the ancient people of God (the Jews) looked forward to the coming of God’s Kingdom, when there would be a new order of justice and righteousness. The final lesson recounts the baptism of Christ, which marked the beginning of his public ministry.

Diocesan readers and clergy may robe (scarf and hood)

Please be seated by 3.20 pm