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All Saints plans Service of Lessons and Carols

All Saints Anglican Church in Saluda will have a Service of Lessons and Carols on Saturday, December 15, at 1 p.m. to which the public is invited.

The service is one of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels interspersed with anthems and the congregational singing of familiar Christmas carols.

The first Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was held in King’s College Chapel at Cambridge University in 1918 and was revised in 1919. While the music may vary from year-to-year, the readings have remained the same. Annual radio broadcasts of this service reach a worldwide audience through the BBC and American Public Radio.

Each service always begins with the hymn “Once in Royal David’s City” and ends with “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

On December 15, the scriptures will be read by laymen and clergy. The anthems will be sung by Roger, Hill, John and Roger Nelson Hopper.

“Come help us sing most of your favorite Christmas carols while being enriched by the Word of God,” said a church spokesperson.

The church is located at the end of New Street, directly in front of the new courthouse in Saluda.

posted 12.05.2012

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