Christmas & Theophany

Christmas & Theophany

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We celebrate the Birth of Christ on 7 January, and
the Baptism of Christ (‘Theophany’) on 19 January.

This page is a resource for this vital season in our church calendar.

In 2018-19, Christmas falls on a Monday.  Because of our rubrics, this has an impact on our schedule.

Christmas Eve
Service texts can be downloaded through this link.

4 January 2019: The Royal Hours (9am-10:30am).  These are preparatory services, meditating on themes of the Birth of Christ.

5 January 2019: Christmas Eve Vigil (6pm-8pm).  This combines Pre-Christmas themes with hymns on the Holy Fathers – how the Incarnation of Christ was brought about, and the people from the Old Testament who helped (however indirectly) to make it happen.

6 January 2019: Christmas Eve Liturgy (8:30am-10:30am).  This is our Communion service.
Then, Vespers of the 8 Prophecies (10:30am-11am), which is a service focused on Old Testament readings which prophesied about the Birth of the Messiah, the Saviour of the world.

Christmas Day
Service texts can be downloaded through this link.

6 January 2019: Great Festal Vigil for Nativity (6pm-8:30pm).  This service focuses on the Birth of Jesus Christ, and what that means for our salvation.

7 January 2019: Christmas Day Liturgy (8:30am-10:45am).  This is our Communion service.

Theophany – The Baptism of our Lord
Service texts will be able to downloaded here.

18 January 2019: Great Festal Vigil for Theophany (6pm-8:30pm).  This service focuses on the Baptism of Jesus Christ, and what that means for our salvation.

19 January 2019: Theophany Liturgy (8:30am-10:30am).  This is our Communion service.
Then, the Great Blessing of the Waters (10:30am-11am), which commemorates the Baptism of Christ, in part through blessing water – a building block of human life.

Note: In 2019, on the evening of the 19th and the morning of the 20th, there will be no services at Holy Annunciation.  Parishioners are invited to attend the patronal feastday services for St John the Baptist Mission in Toowoomba.

We welcome you to worship Christ with us!