Christmas Services in the Cathedral

Christmas is one of the great feasts of the Christian year. All are welcome to the Cathedral as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, with hope and joy. As our Dean, the Very Reverend Gerwyn Huw Capon, writes, “It is the meaning of the Christmas story that compels us to come and adore the new-born King, to bring him our worship and praise, to offer our gratitude for the love that has come into our world and embraced it. Christmas is about the profoundest truth of who God is, and who we are, and what ultimately matters most in life, and where the destiny of the world lies.”

Take a look at a clip of the Cathedral Choir rehearsing for the Advent Procession on Sunday 1st December. See below for the list of Christmas Services here in Llandaff.

A variety of services offer the opportunity to explore the meaning of Christmas, from quiet reflection to lively celebration. In addition to the Cathedral’s usual pattern of services:

Organ Recital – La Nativite du Seigneur
Wednesday 18 December, 6.30pm

Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur (The Birth of the Saviour) is arguably one of the most important organ works of the twentieth century. Its devotional nature is remarkably direct, for Messiaen possessed a deep-rooted faith and theological insight which gave a strongly spiritual dimension to all his work. The music will be interspersed with biblical readings, making this a special opportunity to experience the Christmas story in an atmospheric setting through words and wonderful music. The organ will be played by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, Stephen Moore.


Christmas with the Cathedral Choir
Saturday 21 December, 7.00pm

Much-loved Llandaff Cathedral Choir will perform a concert of music and readings for Christmas at 7.00pm on Saturday 21st December. The choir, with their angelic boy choristers, will sing a variety of choral favourites for the festive season, including “Ding dong! Merrily on high”, “Lully, lulla”, “In the bleak midwinter”, and music by Mathias, Leighton and Lauridsen. There will be one or two surprises along the way too!

We are also delighted to welcome BBC Wales favourites Rebecca John and Nicola Heywood Thomas as special guest readers and Beverley Humphreys as host for the evening.


Service of Light for Children and their Families
Sunday 22 December, 5.30pm

A service centred on the theme of light which is particularly suitable for children. Families welcome too!


Christmas Eve – Holy Eucharist
Tuesday 24 December, 10.00am

Begin Christmas Eve with a quiet and reflective Eucharist service in the wonderful surroundings of the St David Chapel.

Christmas Eve – A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
Tuesday 24 December, 3.30pm

Our ever popular Nine Lessons and Carols Service features much-loved carols, as the Christmas story is re-told through Bible readings. Doors will open soon after 2.00pm. Please arrive in very good time to be assured of a seat.

Christmas Eve – The First Eucharist of Christmas
Tuesday 24 December, 9.30pm

Celebrate the birth of Jesus in a beautiful Choral Eucharist. The service includes music by Mozart, Rutter and Wilberg.


Christmas Day – Holy Eucharist
Wednesday 25 December, 8.00am

Begin Christmas Day with a quiet and reflective Eucharist service.

Christmas Day – All Age Eucharist
Wednesday 25 December, 9.00am

The Parish Eucharist is celebrated in the Cathedral’s main body and using the Nave Altar. It is a lively act of collective worship, particularly suitable for families with young children.

Christmas Day – Choral Eucharist
Wednesday 25 December, 11.00am

The Eucharist is offered and celebrated within a Choral setting. It is a solemn celebration where the High Altar is used and where the splendour of the liturgy is enhanced not only by the music, but also by the use of incense.


First Sunday of Christmas – Sung Eucharist
Sunday 29 December, 10.00am

The Sung Eucharist is celebrated in the Nave.

First Sunday of Christmas – Evening Prayer
Sunday 29 December, 3.30pm

A short service of Evening Prayer with hymns.