Advent and Christmas at Saint Philip's in the Hills
Advent is a time of reflection, waiting, and repentance - as time when we prepare ourselves to meet Jesus freshly as he comes among us as the source of our life and joy together. There are a number of ways that we mark this time of waiting and celebrate the Savior's birth in the coming weeks. For more information about our regular Sunday and weekday service offerings, see here.
Walk with Mary and Joseph as they journey from Inn to Inn seeking shelter…and a place for the Word of God to be born. Will they find the shelter they need? Might we give them room in our hearts? Could it be that the Word desires to be born in each of us?
Las Posadas (“The Inns” in Spanish) is a Mexican Advent tradition that speaks to the hospitality at the heart of conversion to the Christian life of love and what it might mean to practice the Gospel call to welcome Christ by welcoming the stranger and the seeker among us.
The traditional Seven Magnificat Antiphons, set by the contemporary composer Arvo Part, create a mood of reflection and contemplation as we await the coming of the Chirst Child. Preceeded by an Organ Recital at 4 pm.
Join us as we gather together to decorate the campus with evergreen boughs and bright red ristras!
Join us for our earliest Christmas Eve service, a celebration of Holy Communion with Christmas Carols and a pageant by our children. The Saint Cecilia's and Cherub Choirs will sing at this service.
Join us for our 5:00pm Christmas Eve service, a family-friendly celebration of Holy Communion with Christmas Carols. The Saint Nicholas Choir will sing at this service.
Join us for our 7:00pm Christmas Eve service, a contemplative Eucharist with Christmas Carols. The Saint Nicholas Choir and Schola Cantorum will sing George Malcolm’s Missa Ad Praesepe.
Please join us for our 9:00pm Christmas Eve service, a celebration of Holy Communion with traditional Christmas Carols, brass and organ, and featuring Joseph Haydn’s ‘Kleine Orgelmesse,’ sung by the Saint Philip's Singers.
Please join us for Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, as we welcome the birth of the Christ Child. The service will include traditional Christmas Carols with brass and organ, featuring Joseph Haydn’s ‘Kleine Orgelmesse,’ sung by the Canterbury Choir.
After the presents are opened and the stockings are all unstuffed, join us as we celebrate the Christ-Mass, observing the feast day of the Nativity of our Lord. There will be festivity and carols, and we will welcome a new member to our community through Baptism, the sacrament of new birth! All are welcome.
Christmas Eve Offering
On Christmas Eve, Saint Philip's commits to using all of the money put in the plate at our five Christmas Eve services to serve the underserved and to support those on the margins. Last year, for example, we designated the entire offering to go to a project that supported refugee families and to the After School Music Program which provides high quality music and homework assistance to children from under-resourced schools. We hope that if you are able to give that you will do so generously knowing that it is going to be used to change the lives of those in need.