As the Protestant mother church of Dresden the Kreuzkirche is also the seat of the Bishop of the Protestant Evangelical Church of Saxony.
With more than 3,000 seats the Kreuzkirche is the biggest church building in Saxony. Founded as the Nikolaikirche (Church of St. Nicholas) in 1215, it was reconsecrated as the Kreuzkirche in 1388. Owing to its central location on the Altmarkt, its unique character, and the broad range of activities it offers, it remains an important ecclesiastical centre of the city.
The more than 20 vesper services taking place each year on Saturdays are intended to be musical prayers and draw regularly more than one thousand listeners and worshipers. The choral music resounding from the presbytery is supplemented by organ music, the Word for Sunday, congregational chorale as well as by prayers and a blessing.
As many as 35 times a year the Crucians sing the motets from the choir loft during Sunday morning services and intone the anthems from the presbytery with a small choir group in liturgical Kurrende habit. Another special feature is the chanting of epistle and gospel, respectively, by a single Crucian.
Each year the Dresdner Kreuzchor performs ten concerts in the Kreuzkirche in accordance with the ecclesiastical year. Two Christmas Carol Evenings are followed by three performances of the Cantatas 1 to 3 of Bach's Christmas Oratorio; the Cantatas 4 to 6 follow at the start of the new year. The day commemorating the destruction of Dresden during World War II is observed by the choir with works that reflect the day's character of admonition. During Holy Week, the programme features two performances of St. Matthew's Passion by Bach. In the early weeks of summer, a choir-symphonic work for a large number of performers is usually performed as part of the Dresdner Musikfestspiele (Dresden Music Festival). In autumn on Eternity Sunday, the German Requiem by Johannes Brahms concludes the concert year of the choir at the Kreuzkirche.