First Sunday Music and Special Services

First Sundays offer a chance to hear masterworks from across the centuries in their sacred context. This music was written with the hope of giving glory to God using all the gifts of human creativity.


Sacred Russian Treasures
St. Michael and All Angels, Sunday, October 1, 9:00 and 11:15am

In collaboration with the Icons In Transformation exhibit, we celebrate the finest of the Russian choral tradition in the context of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom with works by Sergei Rachmaninov and Nikolay Golovanov.

Canterbury Choir and Saint Philip’s Singers


Commemoration of All Faithful Departed
All Souls’ Day, Thursday, November 2, 7:00pm

Requiem for My Friend, Zbignew Preisner

In Paradisum, Ēriks Ešenvalds

Soul-stirring settings of the requiem text by the contemporary Polish composer Zbignew Preisner and Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds adds to our solemn commemoration of All Souls’ Day. This is the Southern Arizona premiere of both works.

Saint Philip’s Staff Singers and Canterbury Choir


Trinity Te Deum
All Saints' Sunday, November 5, 9:00 and 11:15am

Celebrate the great festival of all saints with the Trinity Te Deum by contemporary Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds and other contemporary masterworks

Canterbury Choir, Saint Philip’s Singers, and Saint Nicholas Choir


Keble Missa Brevis
First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 9:00 and 11:15am

Mark the First Sunday of Advent with the Keble Missa Brevis, a lovely choral mass setting by a young and upcoming Anglican composer, Philip Stopford, and a setting of Rowan Williams’ poem Advent Calendar by Saint Philip’s newly appointed Director of Music, Justin Appel.

Canterbury Choir and Saint Philip’s Singers


Advent Lessons and Carols
First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 6:00pm

Join us in the evening for a celebration of Advent Lessons and Carols, sung by the Saint Nicholas Choir and Schola Cantorum.


The Promise of His Glory: the Great “O Antiphons” of Advent
Third Sunday of Advent, December 17, 4:30pm

7 Magnificat Antiphonen, Arvo Pärt

Join us for an evening service with Advent lessons and Arvo Pärt’s ethereal setting of the “O Antiphons” as we prepare for the birth of Christ.

Canterbury Choir


Sunday, December 24


Saint Cecilia and Cherub Choirs

A young-child-centered Christmas service with communion



Saint Nicholas Choir

A festive service for families with carols of the season



Saint Nicholas Choir and Schola Cantorum

A contemplative Eucharist by candlelight featuring George Malcom’s Missa Ad Praesepe



Saint Philip Singers

Traditional Christmas Carols with brass and organ featuring Joseph Haydn’s Mass in B-flat Major, Kleine Orgelmesse”



Canterbury Choir

Traditional Christmas Carols with brass and organ featuring Joseph Haydn’s Mass in B-flat Major, Kleine Orgelmesse”


Homero Cerón and Friends
First Sunday after the Epiphany, January 7, 9:00 and 11:15am

Homer Cerón and Friends contribute to our season after the Epiphany service with jazz offerings.


Son of God Mass
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 4, 9:00 and 11:15am

Mark the season after the Epiphany with James Whitbourn’s atmospheric Son of God Mass for choir, organ, and soprano saxophone.

Canterbury Choir and Saint Philip’s Singers


Missa Trinitatis Sanctae (Mass for the Holy Trinity)
Third Sunday in Lent, March 4, 9:00 and 11:15am

The mystical vision of Francis Grier’s Missa Trinitatis Santae provides a moving accompaniment to the Lenten journey to Easter.

 Canterbury Choir and Saint Philip’s Singers



Passiontide Vespers
Palm Sunday, March 25, 6:00pm

A contemplative service of music and reflection as we prepare ourselves to encounter dramatic events of Holy Week.

Canterbury Choir and Saint Nicholas Choir


Wednesday, March 27, 7:00pm

One of the most dramatic ancient liturgies of Holy Week, in which the ancient psalms and anthems are sung as we move from light to the darkness of the tomb.

Canterbury Choir


Maundy Thursday
March 28, 7:00pm

The liturgy of the Three Holy Days (Triduum) begins with this powerful service commemorating the Last Supper.

Saint Philip’s Staff Singers


Good Friday
March 29, 12:00 noon

The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday.

Staff Singers and Saint Philip’s Choristers


Great Vigil of Easter
Holy Saturday, March 30, 8:00pm

The Lighting of the New Fire, with the readings of the Old Testament and Psalms, culminates in the glory of the Easter Proclamation, including a powerful anthem, Christus Vincit, by contemporary Scottish composer James MacMillan.

Saint Nicholas Choir and Schola Cantorum


Easter Day
Sunday, April 1, 9:00 and 11:15am

Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV. 4, Bach (947)

Come and join our Easter celebration as we present Bach’s powerful Easter cantata, Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4 (“Christ Lay in Death’s Strong Bands”), and stirring hymns for congregation, brass, and organ.

Canterbury Choir and Saint Philip Singers


Saint Philip’s Sunday (and Bishop’s Visitation)
May 6, 9:00 and 11:15am

Tu es Petrus, MacMillan

Celebrate our Patronal Feast with exciting music for choirs, brass and organ by one of the outstanding contemporary composers for the church. A sonic feast!

Canterbury Choir and Saint Philip’s Singers