From the Organist/Choir Master
Festival of Nine Lessons Carols
The season of Advent is traditionally a time of preparation for Christmas, and its observance dates from the sixth century in Gaul. It stretched from St. Martin’s Day (11 November) to Christmas Eve, and was known as
“The Lent of St. Martin.”
The season suggests reflection on God’s kingdom from two standpoints: that of Jewish hopes for renewal—fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ—and that of the mission of the Church in the world today. The movement of the Lessons and Carols service reflects the journey of faith and the Church’s missionary extension in the world.
The use of scripture, liturgy, music and movement combine to anticipate and portray God’s human manifestation in the Person of Jesus Christ.
The Service begins (as most do) with the clergy and choir at the west end of the Nave—representing
. The movement of the service progresses toward
(the Sanctuary at the east end), into which state God in Christ delivers us
Please join heartily in this service of worship and share in the preparation and joyful expectation of the coming again of Christmas.