Service Times


Chapel open for quiet prayer/meditation

at 5 PM;

service at 5:15 PM in the High Street Chapel


Quiet Eucharist at 8 AM

Choral Eucharist at 10 AM

Our High Street Chapel is open to the public as are our Labyrinth and Gardens.

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Cathedral Church of St. Paul


The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, the Cathedral and liturgical center of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, takes seriously Jesus' inclusion of all people in the Good News of God's love. There is a place for YOU in this community of faith!


We gather to worship God every Sunday at 8 and 10 am. We are a people of Word and Sacrament, combining sacred traditions of liturgy and music with relevant preaching.  Our High Street Chapel is open to the public, as will be our Labyrinth and Gardens.


Since the mid-1800s, St. Paul's has felt a special calling to care for those in our city and our world who are in economic need. Members are especially involved in the Connection Café and Central Iowa Shelter meal programs and in initiatives in Africa, Swaziland, and Sudan.

Advent and Christmas Services

Advent Organ Recitals

Thursdays ~ Noon ~ Bring your lunch

December 11 - Michael Stefanek
December 18 - Mark Babcock

Lessons & Carols

Sunday, December 14 at 4 pm
A beautiful service of Scripture readings, hymns, and choral music, sung by St. Paul's Cathedral Choir under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Gruber with Cnanon Musican David Raymond on the 68-rank Casavant organ

Christmas Eve Pageant

St. Paul's Annual Children's Christmas Pageant
will be presented during the 5 pm service
on Wednesday, December 24

Christmas Services

The Celebrant will be the Rt. Rev. Alan Scarfe

Christmas Eve Early Service

Begins at 5 pm
Holy Eucharist with Children's Pageant

Christmas Eve Late Service

Organ prelude begins at 10 pm
Festival Eucharist at 10:30 pm

Christmas Day

Holy Eucharist in the Chapel at 10 am

Getting Married?

Learn more about weddings at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul.


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News from the Worship Cloister PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 18 January 2014 00:00

Silent Prayer & Meditation in High Street Chapel

The High Street Chapel will be open for individual silent prayer/meditation 20 minutes before and after each of the regular Eucharist services on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings.

Come for a moment of quiet reflection, light a candle for a special prayer request, or remember a loved one inurned in the Columbarium.

The Worship Cloister also invites anyone interested in helping to "watch and pray" during these times, including making sure lights and candles are extinguished at the end of the prayer time, to contact Cloister co-chair Michael Piper so that a schedule can be prepared.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 13:08
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Advent Organ Recitals Continue This Week

The Cathedral Arts Series includes three organ recitals of Advent music on Thursdays at noon. Programs generally last about 45 minutes.  Bring your lunch and enjoy a peaceful interlude in the Cathedral. The final recital by Mark Babcock will be this Thursday, December 18.

Mark A. Babcock, Chair of the Music Department and the Director of Choral Activities at Central College, Pella, Iowa, received a Bachelor's degree in music education from Central College and holds a Master's degree in choral conducting and organ performance from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey.  In addition, he has pursued doctoral studies in organ and choral conducting at the University of Iowa.

In addition to his work at Central College, Mr. Babcock has been the Dean of the Central Iowa Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, was the chair for the AGO Region VI Convention held in June of 2011, served on the AGO National Council, is on the board of the Iowa Choral Directors Association, and is the Organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines.  He provides consultation, festival leadership and music training in a variety of settings.

Here is the program:

Three Variations on ‘Wachet Auf’            
Paul Manz

Theme and Four Variations on ‘Frue dich sehr, o meine Seele’  
Johann Pachelbel

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel                          
John Behnke

  1. Chant
  2. Meditation
  3. Toccata

A Christmas Trilogy         
Roy Brunner

  1. Ding Dong Merrily on High
  2. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
  3. On This Day Earth Shall Ring

Of the Father’s Love Begotten          
Wilbur Held

Improvisation on ‘In Thee is Gladness’  
Michael Burkhardt