Christmas Play open to all children

Children perform in the Christmas Play

The Christmas Play is a pageant-style performance during the 4 o’clock Christmas Eve service. There are no scary speaking parts, and all simple costumes will be provided. Children wishing to participate can sign up for parts on the Jones balcony during the 10 o’clock Education Hour on December 7 and 14. Parts are assigned with older children [read more…]

Hines Center to open in fall 2015

A four-story office building on the corner of a block

The Vestry of Christ Church Cathedral is pleased to announce the approval of the Bishop John E. Hines Center for Spirituality & Prayer. Named to honor the legacy of the former Christ Church rector, later the fourth Bishop of Texas and 22nd Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Hines Center’s mission is as follows: [read more…]

Cloister Gallery: The Art of Icons

An icon of the Guardian Angel

The Cloister Gallery will feature Houston iconographers and Cathedral members Bonnie Fairbanks and Wick Rowland in December. An opening reception will be held on Friday, December 5, from 6–8 p.m. The two artists “write” icons using the 15th-century Russian-Byzantine technique of egg-tempera painting, with ground pigments and 24-carat gold leafing. This technique encompasses the technical [read more…]

Longest Night service offers consolation, healing

A lit candle in the dark

One of the greatest acts of pastoral care in the Advent season is to offer a service for those grieving a loss. This year we will hold a service on the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, Sunday, December 21, at 3 p.m. in the Cathedral. This service acknowledges our suffering and grief [read more…]

Mission trip to Costa Rica planned

The Cathedral is reestablishing its short-term international missions by teaming up with the Diocese of Costa Rica for a trip July 5–12, 2015. Fifteen high-school students and 12 adults will join Bishop Hectór Monterroso Gonzalez in Costa Rica for a multi-generational mission trip that will also serve as the summer’s high-school mission trip. At the [read more…]

Dean’s Book Club selections

Cover of "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr

The Dean’s Book Club discusses a different book each month, including novels, nonfiction, and books on spirituality and faith. Books are selected by the group and are available for purchase from the Cathedral Bookstore. All are welcome. The club meets in the McGehee Conference Room from 6:30–8 p.m. as follows: Wednesday, November 5“No Great Mischief” [read more…]

How Goes the Vision? An Update on our Vision Action Plan (Video)

Dean Thompson stands behind a lectern

Dean Thompson reviews progress to-date and previews the exciting developments to come within the six initiatives of the Vision Action Plan developed earlier this year: Pastoral Care, Community Life, Welcome and Evangelism, Outreach, Worship, and the Spirituality Center. Watch on YouTube Download the Vision Plan (PDF)