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Rise up with the Shepherds: Christmas Eve Vespers
December 24, 2018
5:00 P.M.
Christmas Eve Vespers is an experience unique to Saint Peter’s, with jazz, classical music, and dance collaborating to celebrate the mystery of Christ's Incarnation.

This year Cantor Bálint Karosi presents “In Nativitatem Domini Canticum” H.416 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, a moving example of French Baroque Christmas, performed by the Saint Peter’s Choir and Orchestra. Dance at Saint Peter’s presents choreography created specifically for the Saint Peter’s Church sanctuary space making use of its many levels and baptismal font.

Director of Music for Jazz, Ike Sturm, presents a world-premiere setting of the historic chant “Of the Father’s love begotten.” Additionally, the Ike Sturm Ensemble leads the assembly in Christmas carols during the liturgy.

The liturgy starts at 5:00 p.m. and runs for approximately one-and-a-half hours. A jazz prelude begins at 4:45 p.m.

The Backstrom Memorial Fund provides funding for new works by Bálint Karosi and Ike Sturm.
Please join us for this joyous liturgy at Saint Peter’s.

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Saint Peter’s Church is a welcoming and diverse evangelical catholic communion. This community's liturgical practice is rooted in the long and robust tradition of the church expressed in contemporary time and thoughtful innovation. People of all different backgrounds find nourishment in and are welcome to take part fully in the life of this community.

Planning your visit

Saint Peter's Church is located at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 54th Street in midtown Manhattan, and is accessible to all people at the building entrances on Lexington Avenue and on 54th Street.

The E, M (weekdays only), 4, 5 and 6 trains stop nearby. As do the M57, M31, M50, M101 and M103 buses.