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Dear Friends,

The St. Bart’s community is excited to be planning this year’s Advent and Christmas celebrations.  You are warmly welcomed to join us for these events, in whatever form feels most comfortable…in person or online.  

In this season when the light pierces the darkness, the illumination of Christ brightens a shadowed world.  Come all ye faithful…along with all of ye who are yet searching for faith. 

In Christ,

The Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe, D.D.
Rector

Christmas at St. Bart's

Free parking available at the Doubletree Hotel Garage (136 E. 51st Street). Voucher required. (Pick up a voucher from St. Bart's Central or one of our ushers.) 

No reservations or tickets are required to attend our Christmas services, although we recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of time. All are welcome.

Questions? Please call St. Bart's Central at 212-378-0222 or email

Christmas Eve
Friday, December 24

12:05 pm A Quiet Christmas Eucharist
An intimate service, with congregational carols, that embraces the quiet joy of Christmas. Download the worship leaflet to follow along.

4 pm Christmas Eve Service for Children and Families
This service is especially nice for children and their families who want to come to church and still have time for family and friends that night. Download the worship leaflet to follow along. 

7 pm Christmas Eve Festival Eucharist
(Choral Prelude begins at 6:30 pm)
Featuring music led by both of our choirs: St. Bartholomew’s Choir, and St. Bart’s Singers. This is a big joyful festival service when we “pull out all the stops.” Livestream available here, on Facebook and YouTube. Download the worship leaflet to follow along. 

11 pm Christmas Eve Festival Eucharist (with incense)
(Choral Prelude begins at 10:30 pm)
Featuring music led by St. Bartholomew’s Choir and St. Bart’s Singers. This is a big joyful festival service when we “pull out all the stops.” Download the worship leaflet to follow along. 

Christmas Day
Saturday, December 25

11 am Christmas Day Choral Eucharist
Our singular service on Christmas morning is a big joyful celebration featuring music led by St. Bartholomew's Choir. This is a wonderful service for those who enjoy a festive service in the light of Christmas Day. Livestream available here, on Facebook and YouTube. Download the worship leaflet to follow along. 

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

All persons over the age of 12 attending in-person worship at St. Bart’s must show proof of vaccination. Masks are required for all, at all times. KN95 and N95 masks, or double masking with cloth and surgical masks are encouraged. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our whole community. 

At the 7 pm service on Christmas Eve and the 11 am service on Christmas Day, outdoor seating is now available on the heated terrace. The outdoor congregation will view our live stream from the church, and receive Holy Communion in person from a priest. Proof of vaccination is not required for outdoor seating.

Please do not attend services in person if, at any time, you experience symptoms known to be associated with COVID-19. We ask that all who experience such symptoms, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, receive a negative PCR test result before returning physically to St. Bart’s. For the safety of the wider community, we encourage all of our members to receive the vaccination.

Holiday Concerts 

A Joyous Christmas Concert
Friday, December 10, at 7:30 pm

St. Bartholomew’s Choir

From Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center to the Jazz Standard, the musicians of St. Bartholomew’s Choir are heard in the most important venues in the city and beyond. Hear them celebrate the holiday season in our beautiful sanctuary with beloved traditional carols as well as festive new arrangements of sacred and secular Christmas favorites, all accompanied on our famed pipe organ.

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The Adoration of The Magi
Monday, December 13, at 7:00 pm

Jeff Morrissey, baritone 
William Trafka, pianist

Jeff Morrissey, baritone, and Bill Trafka, pianist, return to St. Bart’s with their popular Christmas program inspired by the elegant paintings that adorn our Chapel. The program is inspired by the elegant paintings that adorn the 1919 Ethel Parsons Paullin and Telford Paullin mural in St. Bartholomew’s Children's Chapel. The beautiful Adoration of the Magi and the 13 medallions surrounding it depict subjects connected with the Nativity of Christ. Enjoy traditional carols, carols from around the world, spirituals, and popular Christmas favorites.

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POSTPONED - A Concert to Usher in the New Year

Paolo Bordignon, organist

Postponed. Without the opportunity to pop champagne and have a festive reception in the church on New Year's Eve, we've decided to find another date when we can enjoy wonderful organ music, see the organ console up close, and gather to enjoy each other's company at a festive reception. We'll keep you posted!

Carol Services

Join us in person or online.  Livestream will be available at stbarts.org/worship/livestream, Facebook and YouTube.
Free parking available at the Doubletree Hotel Garage (136 E. 51st Street). Voucher required. (Pick up a voucher from St. Bart's Central or one of our ushers.)

Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols 
Sunday, December 5, at 5 pm

Our combined choirs offer Advent carols and anthems in alternation with readings of the beautiful prophecies of the coming of Christ. Although this service has passed, you can watch the recording of the live stream here.    Download the service leaflet to follow along. 

Candlelight Carols
Sunday, December 19, at 5 pm

Hear the Christmas story and sing your favorite carols in this majestic service that includes music by our combined choirs and an awe-inspiring candlelit procession. Although this service has passed, you can watch a recording of the live stream here

Light in the Darkness — A Service of Hope

Tuesday, December 21, at 6 pm

Free parking available at the Doubletree Hotel Garage (136 E. 51st Street). Voucher required. (Pick up a voucher from St. Bart's Central or one of our ushers.) Livestream available here, on Facebook and YouTube.

The days leading up to Christmas can be some of the most joyous ones in the year. But they can also be especially difficult for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, those who are struggling with illness and the COVID-19 pandemic, those who are dismayed by the rancor of our politics, or those who simply find the pain of the world too much to bear. On this longest night of the year, come and celebrate the Light that shines through every kind of darkness in this quiet, contemplative, and hopeful service held in the candlelit, cavernous space of our beautiful church. Although this service has passed, you can watch a recording of the live stream here.  Download the worship leaflet to follow along.

Sunday Worship

We continue to offer in-person worship at 8 am, 9 am, 11 am, and 5 pm, with congregational singing and St. Bartholomew's Choir participating at the 11 am service and St. Bart's Singers participating at 9 am.  Livestream available for The Forum and the 11 am service here, on Facebook and YouTube.

Join us for The Forum at 10 am to explore important issues at the intersection of faith and the modern world. 

Free parking available at the Doubletree Hotel Garage (136 E. 51st Street). Voucher required. (Pick up a voucher from St. Bart's Central or one of our ushers.)

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