Advent and Christmas at Christ Church Cathedral Darwin

We're excited to commence our advent journey in December. Come share with us as we explore Christmas stories and traditions, both fresh and familiar over this festive season. Highlights include:
  • Hope - Sunday 3 December, 7:30 & 9am
  • Peace - Sunday 10 December, 7:30 & 9am
  • Carols Service - Sunday 10 December, 6pm
  • Joy - Sunday 17 December, 7:30 & 9am
  • Love - Sunday 24 December, 9am ONLY
  • Families' and Children's Service - Sunday 24 December, 5:30pm
  • Midnight Mass - Sunday 24 December, 11:30pm
  • Christmas Day - Monday 25 December, 7:30 & 9am
For more details, look on our Advent & Christmas 2017 page or check us out on Facebook.

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Centenary Service for Darwin RSL

A service to commemorate the Centenary of the Darwin Sub-branch of the Returned & Services League is being held on Wednesday 13 September at 3.30 pm. During the service the restored plaques in memory of Lieutenant Charles Lloyd Herbert and Private Sidney James Lauder will be rededicated in their new location inside the Cathedral. Both Chas Herbert and Sid Lauder were parishioners of this church, who died in the Battle of Ypres in October 1917.

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St James’ Day Pilgrims’ Mass and Blessing – Tuesday 25 July at 6pm

Have you ever made a pilgrimage? Do you know someone who has? Many of you know that I walked the camino in 2010. That 980km from Irùn to Fisterra via Santiago de Compostela was much more than just a walk; for me it was a pilgrimage. Any journey can be a pilgrimage when an inward journey accompanies an outward journey, when we don't just seek to be somewhere else but to become someone else. All over Darwin, from all different backgrounds and traditions, there are people who have had such experience or would like to. And, of course, there are also many who have made an outward journey to Darwin—many backpackers and grey nomads—who may be seeking an inward journey. This feast day is an opportunity to gather such people together around the Scriptures and sacrament and share together in prayer and breaking of bread, to offer to walk with them and to invite them to the way of Jesus. So, for all pilgrims, hikers, backpackers, sojourners, nomads, wayfarers, refugees, bushwalkers, trekkers, trampers, migrants, alpinists, wanderers and others: bring your credencial, scallop, trekking poles, walking stick or backpack and join us at Christ Church Cathedral Darwin at 6pm on 25 July. Please contact me if you'd like to assist with the readings or liturgy at this ecumenical service. ¡ultreia! Cam.
[God] is a God of the Way. His sanctuary is the Mobile Ark, His house is a tent, His Altar a cairn of rough stones... He leads [the Israelites] out of Egypt... There He gives them their Solemn Feast, the Passover: a feast of roasted lamb and bitter herbs, of bread baked not in an oven but on a hot stone. And he commands them to eat "in haste," with shodden feet and sticks in hand, to remind them, forever that their vitality lies in movement. – Bruce Chatwin, The Songlines (New York, N.Y.: Penguin, 1987) pp 194-195

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Ascension Day ecumenical service

This Thursday evening at 6pm we join with our brothers and sisters at Darwin Memorial Uniting Church to celebrate the Ascension of the Lord, and the Dean will be preaching. As the week between Ascension Day and Pentecost is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity this is an especially welcome invitation – if you're free to come, please join us!

Ascension Day proclaims that there is no sphere, however secular, in which Christ has no rights—and no sphere in which his followers are absolved from obedience to him. Instead of it being a fairy tale from the pre-space age, Christ’s ascension is the guarantee that he has triumphed over the principalities and powers, so that at his name “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10–11)

Bruce M. Metzger, “The Meaning of Christ’s Ascension,” in Search the Scriptures: New Testament Studies in Honor of Raymond T. Stamm (ed. J. M. Myers, O. Reimherr, and H. N. Bream; Leiden: Brill, 1969), 128; as quoted in Michael F. Bird, Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013), 459.

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Palm Sunday 9 April 7.30 am & 9.00 am Eucharist Holy Tuesday 11 April 7.00 pm Tenebrae Holy Wednesday 12 April 7.30 am Chrism Mass Maundy Thursday 13 April 7.00 pm Institution of the Eucharist & Foot Washing Good Friday 14 April 9.00 am Liturgy 12 noon Stations of the Cross Holy Saturday 15 April 5.00 pm Evening Prayer Easter Sunday 16 April 6.00 am Service of the Light 9.00 am Eucharist & Confirmation