Event: Christmas Services at National Cathedral this weekend

Visit the National Cathedral on Saturday December 19 at 2 p.m. for a Christmas Pageant especially for children.  Children are invited to dress as shepherds, angels, or animals and participate.  On the day of the event, please be in the nave by 1:30 pm for a brief rehearsal before the pageant. The pageant will begin at 2 pm and last approximately one hour. Join us for this wonderful telling of the true meaning of Christmas.

On Sunday, December 20, at 4 p.m., there will be a Candlelight Carol Service.

The Vespers service which is held at 4 p.m. on Christmas Day.  This is a lovely, quiet service (there is some singing) and a beautiful way to end Christmas Day.  It is well-attended, but not nearly as crowded as the Christmas Eve service (for which tickets are required) and other services and concerts.  After the service, at 5:15 p.m., there is an organ recital.

You could bring children to Vespers, but I would not recommend it.  The atmosphere is hushed and solemn, and there is a sermon (which has always been wonderful, but it is not geared to children).  I think a child would be pretty unhappy and  restless, and wouldn’t you be, too, after all the excitement of Christmas day? I only go on the alternate years when I don’t have my son at Christmas.

If you have kids, and you want to bring them to the National Cathedral for a service, then consider the children’s service today, or bring them to see the exhibit of creches anytime the Cathedral is open for visitors.  My son really enjoys that.  Then let them blow off some steam in the gardens, just adjacent to the Cathedral building!

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