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All Saints plans ‘Service of Lessons and Carols’

All Saints Anglican Church will have a “Service of Lessons and Carols” on Sunday, December 22, at 2 p.m. to which the public is cordially invited.

The service is one of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus in nine short Bible readings 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, was revised in 1919, and 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.” The scriptures will be read by laymen and clergy. The anthems will be sung by Roger, Hill, John and Roger Nelson Hopper and are: “I Saw Three Ships,” “Ding, Dong Merrily On High,” “Hark a Thrilling Voice is Sounding,” “The Angel Gabriel,” and “Masters in This Hall.”

“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 at the end of New Street directly in front of the new courthouse in Saluda.

posted 12.18.2013

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