Of Note

Christ Church Cathedral

Christmas at the Cathedral

Annual Christmas Offering

The Vestry of Christ Church Cathedral is dedicating this year’s Christmas offerings to the HOPE Coalition’s efforts with Habitat for Humanity (H4H). Habitat for Humanity is a Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing around the world. What the Greater Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity offers is a hand up — not a handout— to families who build and work alongside our volunteers. The HOPE Coalition effort was founded in the Cathedral Cafe three years ago, and represents not only the cathedral, but also additional Cincinnati Episcopal churches and faith based organizations that look to fund and build at least one house a year. For every dollar you contribute, the Coombe Fund will provide matching funds to maximize the contribution we can offer to The Greater Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity efforts, as we work locally to increase affordable housing for our brothers and sisters. Look for the Christmas offering envelopes at the cathedral and please be generous.


Each year we offer a festive and moving selection of worship services and music performances in celebration of the birth of Jesus. 



2017 Schedule


A Ceremony of Carols
Tuesday, December 19 | 12:10 PM

For decades, the sopranos and altos of the Christ Church Cathedral Choir have presented Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols during the holiday season. This lovely collection of carols is gloriously medieval in spirit—sometimes joyous, sometimes mysterious, and always deceptively simple. This year’s performance features Elizabeth Motter on harp.


Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 24

Holy Eucharist | 4:00 PM
A Babe Is Born – William Mathias
Softly – Will Todd

Carols before the Eucharist | 10:30 PM
There Is a Flower – John Rutter
Now May We Singen – Cecilia McDowall
Bethlehem Down – Peter Warlock
In dulci jubilo – arr. Robert Lucas PearsallThe Shepherd’s Carol – Bob Chilcott


Festal Eucharist | 11:00 PM
Missa brevis – Jonathan Dove
Novo profusi gaudio – Matthew Martin
O magnum mysterium – Morten Lauridsen


Christmas Day
Monday, December 25 | 10:00 AM
I Saw Three Ships – arr. Andrew Carter
The Wexford Carol – arr. Robert Lehman 


The 78th Annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival
Saturday, December 30 | 5:00 PM
Sunday, December 31 | 2:30 and 5:00 PM


Since 1940, during a weekend following Christmas, Christ Church Cathedral has presented an annual production of the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival as a gift to the community. Adults and children from across the Diocese of Southern Ohio and from elsewhere in the community serve in the cast and crew. Medieval costumes, a large orchestra and choir, spectacular lighting effects, and general holiday cheer make this an unforgettable experience!


Ticket information: 513.621.BOAR (2627) or boarsheadfestival.com.