SUNDAY SERVICES – 8 am & 10:30 am (with 9:30 am Sunday School)

Advent & Christmas at Saint David’s

Advent, derived from a Latin word meaning “coming,” is time of great expectation and preparation as the Church awaits the coming of the savior, both as remembrance of the nativity of Jesus and in hope of the second coming of the Christ in glory. 

Christmas is the culmination of Advent, the remembrance of the incarnation of our God, the blessed birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. The Christmas Season extends  to January 5, for a total of twelve days.

There are a number of traditions in the Episcopal Church and at Saint David’s that enhance the expecting and makes joyful the season.

Saint David’s Programs & Traditions

Christmas Eve Service (December 24, 5:30 pm)

The Christmas Eve service begins at 5:30 pm with the singing of Carols as we prepare to receive Christ at his birth. Then follows the Feast of the Nativity, with the festal reading of the story of the incarnation and the remembrance of Holy Eucharist. This is traditionally our main service of Christmas, with full choir and music and the singing of joyful hymns.

Christmas Day Service (December 25, 9:30 am)

The Christmas Day service is a quiet and contemplative service amidst the hectic pace of Christmas day. Beginning at 9:30 am, the service offers a calmer atmosphere with space for (brief) meditation to hear the still, small voice of God. The Church will remain open for some time on Christmas Day for those who want to remain or come later.

Lessons & Carols (Third Sunday of Advent, 5:00 pm)

For those seeking a respite from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Saint David’s Lessons & Carols offers a wonderful experience of sacred music and sacred story as we make our preparations for the Feast of the Nativity. 

The Advent Wreath is a circle of evergreen marked by four candles reflecting the four Sundays of the season of Advent. An additional candle is lit as each new Sunday is celebrated thus marking the passage of time as we move closer to the blessed nativity.

Three of the candles are purple or royal blue (the colors of the season), a color reflecting the coming the Davidic king. On the third Sunday of Advent, called Gaudate Sunday, the candle is rose. Gaudate, from the Latin antiphon: “Rejoice (Gaudete) in the Lord always,” reflects our joyous anticipation at the approach of the Christmas celebration. A white candle, called the Christ Candle, sits in the middle of the wreath and will be lit on Christmas Eve.

 

Bambinelli Sunday

Bambinelli (an Italian word meaning “little baby”) Sunday is on the second Sunday of Advent at Saint David’s. On Bambinelli Sunday, the creche adorning our sanctuary is blessed. Additionally, everyone is invited to bring the figures of the baby Jesus from their creches at home to be blessed. A creche is a model representing the scene of Jesus Christ’s birth, displayed in homes or public places.

Bambinelli Sunday

Bambinelli (an Italian word meaning “little baby”) Sunday is on the second Sunday of Advent at Saint David’s. On Bambinelli Sunday, the creche adorning our sanctuary is blessed. Additionally, everyone is invited to bring the figures of the baby Jesus from their creches at home to be blessed. A creche is a model representing the scene of Jesus Christ’s birth, displayed in homes or public places.