Advent at Trinity Cathedral
The season of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year, beginning on Sunday, December 2. The liturgical color for the season is purple. The candles of the Advent wreath mark our progress through these four Sundays of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Advent service music is often contemplative in tone, including the ancient Trisagion. Greenery takes the place of flowers on the altar to help set this season apart. Advent hymns and readings help us prepare our hearts and minds for the gift of Christ’s Incarnation and the joy of Christmas. Worship allows us to take our minds off the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and focus instead on prayer, reflection, and service to others. As a popular Advent calendar states, “Slow Down. Quiet. It’s Advent.”
Advent Sermon Series
The ancient monastic way of St. Benedict orders the spiritual life around three pillars: Prayer, Community, and Service. Our Advent sermon series will explore these three spiritual practices, and offer ways you can experience them more deeply in your own life.
The Advent of Advent Wednesday Evening Discipleship Class
This great liturgical season helps us to focus on the Incarnation of Christ. That Incarnation, God becoming human, was initiated by God, but at God’s design, required the assistance of other beings as well. Brother James Dowd will lead The Advent of Advent, which will focus on four important “beings” of Advent. Join us on Wednesdays in Advent at 6:00 pm in the Clarkson Center conference room.
Wednesday, November 28: The Prophet Isaiah
Wednesday, December 5: The Angel Gabriel
Wednesday, December 12: The Forerunner of Christ: John the Baptist
Wednesday, December 19: The Great Mother of God, the Virgin Mary
Each week we will explore the “being” itself and how they helped to bring about the Advent of Advent, the Scripture behind that “being” and the Tradition that grows out of that Scripture. Come join us for the Advent of Advent!
Advent Dean’s Forum: “The Power of Love”
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the royal wedding in May received an overwhelming response from people all over the world. For a few weeks after, he made appearances on a number of popular television and radio shows. His bold, positive, inclusive, and affirming message is that the way of Jesus is the way of love, and that love can change the world. During Advent, the Dean’s Forum will explore Bishop Curry’s vision for how love can change the world, and how we might practice that way together here at Trinity Cathedral. We’ll be following his new book The Power of Love which is available in the Cathedral Gift Shoppe. The Dean’s Forum meets from 9:30 to 10:15 am in Gardner Hall; Sundays Dec. 2, 9, 16 & 23.
Entering the Season: Advent
Sunday, December 2, 11:45 a.m.
On the First Sunday of Advent we begin a series called Entering the Season which will be offered at the beginning of Advent, Lent, and other seasons as a way for all generations at Trinity to deeply engage with the church’s seasons. These events are intended to provide you and your family with meaningful and practical ways to experience, learn about, and pray during these seasons.
After the 10:30 am Eucharist on December 2, we will share a meal and learn about the Season of Advent by building Jesse Trees. The Jesse Tree is a practice of adorning a tree with ornaments that represent the people, prophesies, and events leading up to Jesus’ birth. At this event, we will be making Jesse Trees for you to take home as you and your household engage Advent.
Everyone who plans to a trend is invited to bring a pot of soup to share for lunch. Please contact Sue Wilkins at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to bring soup. Bread and drinks will be provided.
Advent Lessons and Carols at Trinity Cathedral
Monday, December 3, 7:00 p.m.
The Trinity Cathedral Choir will lead us in the traditional Advent service of readings and music as we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas. A festive reception with holiday treats follows in the Clarkson Center.
Join us at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral for prayer, music, and reflection every Tuesday of Advent from 12:10-12:30 pm on Tuesday December 4, 11 & 18
Trinity Choir Members Sing for “Christmas at Union Station”
Saturday, December 8 at noon.
Members of the Cathedral, Cantate, and Laudate Choirs are once again part of the holiday entertainment at the Durham Museum, 801 S 10th St. Look for us in front of the giant Christmas Tree! Regular museum admission rates apply.
Compline in Advent
Sunday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.
Compline – night prayer – is a contemplative office focused on spiritual peace. Trinity Cathedral’s Schola Cantorum will offer music for Advent at this candlelit liturgy of prayer and reflection.
Parish Holiday Party
Friday, December 14, 2018
Field Club of Omaha 3615 Woolworth Ave.
6:00 pm Social Hour (cash bar)
7:00 PM Heavy Hors d’oeuvres and Dessert
$25 per person, cash or check at the door
Reservations Required by Dec. 7th: contact Judy Metz at email@example.com or 402-891-0343
Thursday, December 20, 7:00 p.m.
A Blue Christmas service is a time when we can, with others, acknowledge the “blue” feelings we have at Christmas time. For many who have lost a loved one, this is a time of sharp loneliness. For others, who have lost a relationship, health, a job, or had a financial setback it may be a time of pain, confusion or fear. This is not a joyous season for everyone. We hope you’ll join us to pray, light candles, and mark this aspect of this season with one another this night.