Advent

In the Episcopal Church, Advent is the first season of the church year. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends at midnight the day before Christmas. The name comes from the Latin word for “coming.” The Advent season is a time of preparation for the celebration of our Lord’s birth. The liturgical color of the season is blue. The color blue represents royalty, the coming of the King, Jesus Christ.

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Seasonal Worship

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, Dec. 4
11:15 a.m.
The Church

St. Martin's Annual Lessons and Carols service is a wonderful testament to the holiday season, which features Christmas carols that celebrate the birth of our Savior.

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Seasonal Worship

Advent Family Festival

Sunday, Dec. 4
4-6 p.m.
Bagby Parish Hall

Celebrate Advent with fresh evergreens and supplies to make a family Advent wreath, followed by a pancake dinner. Cost for the meal is $5 per person. Please come join the fun!

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Seasonal Worship

Wayne and Friends

In Concert Holiday Edition

Sunday, Dec. 4
7 p.m.
Parish Life Center

Hear Wayne Watson, St. Martin's Director of Contemporary Music. and enjoy a relaxing evening of holiday music and fellowship with friends and family.

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Seasonal Worship

Blue Christmas

A Service of Wholeness and Healing in the Manner of Taizé

Wednesday, Dec. 7
5 p.m.
Parish Life Center or via Zoom

The holidays are times of joy and celebration, yet sometimes that is the opposite of where life has taken us. As we close a year where we have experienced various hardships from the coronavirus pandemic, natural disasters and personal griefs of various kinds, we can feel void of Christmas spirit. This Blue Christmas service offers a unique and reflective space to come to God with whatever is on your heart, knowing He is acquainted with grief and able to take our sorrow.

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Seasonal Worship

Advent Quiet Day

Advent Quiet Day is a reflective day of prayer, meditation and contemplation. This day is central to St. Martin’s Advent traditions and is sponsored by The Order of the Daughters of the King®.

Seeking the Incarnation

Saturday, Dec. 10
9 a.m.-noon
Parish Life Center

Seeking the Incarnation speaks about the implications of the Word becoming flesh in Jesus of Nazareth. St. Martin’s Clergy will provide meditations on three aspects of Jesus as the Incarnate One: Incarnate to be Human, Incarnate to be in Relationship, and Incarnate to be the Christ.

Our Quiet Day will close by noon with Noonday Prayer.

Information from our 2021 Advent Quiet Day

In 2021, St. Martin’s welcomed The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, to celebrate Advent Quiet Day on Dec. 11, which was sponsored by The Order of the Daughters of the King® and co-hosted by St. Martin’s and St. James’ Episcopal Church. The Most Rev. Michael Curry focused his sermons on the themes of “Hope, Joy, Peace and Love.”

View the 2021 Advent Quiet Day event by clicking below.


Watch 2021 Advent Quiet Day
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Seasonal Worship

Houston Boychoir

Winter Concert and Reception

Saturday, Dec. 17
4 p.m.
The Church

A favorite among Parishioners, the Houston Boychoir has earned its place in the city's fine arts community, collaborating with numerous professional organizations including the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Bach Society, Moores School or Music and Hope Stone Dance.

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Seasonal Worship

Young Singers of
St. Martin's

Christmas Story in a Song

Sunday, Dec. 18
9:15 a.m. Family Table service
Parish Life Center

Hear the Young Singers of St. Martin's as they present a Christmas Program of Lessons and Carols. Sing Along to some of your favorite traditional carols and hear the telling of the Christmas Story.