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.
The Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe, D.D.
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.
Sunday, November 28
10 am Advent Fair for All Ages (in place of The Forum)
Prepare for the festive holiday season with interactive crafts, refreshments, music, and other fun. The Advent Fair will be held in the Great Hall in place of The Forum.
Our combined choirs offer Advent carols and anthems in alternation with readings of the beautiful prophecies of the coming of Christ. (Livestream offered on our website, Facebook and Youtube)
Join in singing the most beautiful music of the season, with the combined choirs and organ, in the candle-lit sanctuary. Eucharist in the chapel follows the service for those who wish.
St. Bartholomew’s Choir and Choristers
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
Jeff Morrissey, baritone
William Trafka, pianist
Jeff Morrissey, baritone, and Bill Trafka 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.
Paolo Bordignon, organist
Ring in the new year with a fun & festive concert at 11 pm played with the console out front-and-center, followed by a champagne reception at midnight (subject to change). With 12,422 pipes sounding from both sides of the chancel, the Gallery, and even the dome, St. Bart’s Aeolian-Skinner organ is an experience to behold in person. Free Admission; no tickets or reservations are necessary.
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.
In this season of watchful waiting, take some time to slow down and reconnect. Led by the Reverend Meredith Ward, Associate Rector for Pastoral Care, we will spend the day together in conversation and prayer as we contemplate the story of the Annunciation through art, poetry, and scripture.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
12:05 pm A Quiet Christmas Eucharist
An intimate service, with congregational carols, that embraces the quiet joy of Christmas.
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.
7 pm Christmas Eve Festival Eucharist
(Choral Prelude begins at 6:30 pm)
Featuring music led by all three of our choirs: St. Bartholomew’s Choir, St. Bart’s Singers, and St. Bart’s Choristers. This is a big joyful festival service when we “pull out all the stops.” Livestream available here, on Facebook and YouTube.
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.”
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.
Beginning Sunday, November 28, all persons over the age of 12 attending in-person worship and events at St. Bart’s must show proof of vaccination. Masks are required for all, at all times. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our whole community. Read the statement by our Rector, Bishop Dean Wolfe, here.
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.