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In a previous year, St. John’s Cathedral was decked for Christmas. This year, celebrations are going online. Photo: Janet Kawamoto

Bishop John Harvey Taylor and Bishop Suffragan Diane M. Jardine Bruce will offer special online services in coming days to celebrate Christmastide.

On Christmas Day, Bishop Bruce and Canon Stephen Bruce invite the diocesan community to join them for “Christmas Around the Creche,” an online multilingual celebration of the Nativity featuring readers and musicians from congregations throughout the diocese. The service will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 25. “We’ll have all the languages in which services are conducted in the diocese,” says Bruce, including English, Korean, Spanish, Mandarin and more.

On the first Sunday after Christmas, Bishop Taylor will officiate at an online “Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas,” featuring multilingual readings and carols from all ten deaneries in the diocese. The service, to be livestreamed at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27, will include a meditation by Bishop Taylor and a virtual celebration of Holy Eucharist.

Both offerings will be available via the diocese’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. No prior registration or signup will be needed to view the services, which also will be available on demand after their initial airings.