Philippi Church to present ‘Festival of Lessons and Carols’
On Thursday, December 19, at 7 p.m., the Chancel Choir of Philippi Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Deltaville will present “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” with flute, handbells, organ and strings under the direction of church music director Aaron Ward.
A Festival of Lessons and Carols is traditionally a late evening Christmas Eve service that began in Cornwall, England, in the late 19th century. Reportedly, a key purpose of the service was to keep men out of pubs on Christmas Eve. Although there are many variations, the traditional service consists of nine scripture lessons intermingled with carols and other music. The festival was introduced at Kings College, Cambridge University, in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. It was first radio broadcast in 1928 and every year since except 1930. It is now broadcast to millions of people around the world on BBC Radio.
This is the first time in recent memory the festival has been performed at Philippi.