Philippi Choir performs Nine Lessons and Carols with strings, flute and bells
|The Philippi Christian Church Choir sang to instruments played by guest musicians.|
On the evening of December 14, the choir of Philippi Christian Church, Disciples of Christ (DOC), in Deltaville performed the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols that began in the United Kingdom in the 19th-century and was broadcast over BBC radio each Christmas for several decades.
The Philippi sanctuary was filled to near capacity for the service, which was led by Rev. June Haislip with music conducted by Philippi Director of Music Aaron Ward. The Philippi Choir sang to stringed instruments, organ, flute and bells played by guest musicians.
The service consists of lessons read from Biblical texts describing the time leading to and including the birth of Christ. Each reading is followed by a carol appropriate to the text. Two traditional carols were sung at the end of the service.
The service was followed by a reception in the fellowship hall that was equally well attended with a serious showing of the cookie-baking talents of the Philippi congregation.
“This was the second performance of the service in as many years at Philippi since Mr. Ward became director of music, and we certainly hope that it will continue,” said a church spokesperson.