Lessons, carols and community leaders
Rockland — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White St., will present a traditional service of Lessons and Carols Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. This Anglican tradition honors those who bring a message of hope, peace and service for the common good of all people.
The service offers nine scripture readings and nine carols, performed by the choir and those attending. In honor of their community service contributions, St. Peter’s has invited some distinguished guests from the community to deliver the readings including Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson, D-Rockland; Larry Pritchett, Mayor of Rockland; Carol Bachofner, Rockland Poet Laureate; Joyce Burnham, chairwoman of Rockland’s Area Interfaith Organization (AIO) Food Pantry; Officer William Smith of the Rockland Police Department; and Eric Frederick, Chief Operating Officer of the Pen Bay Healthcare System.
The 20-person choir of St. Peter’s will perform pieces by Joseph Haydn, John Rutter and Boris Ord. Two of the anthems — Ord’s "Adam Lay YBounden” and Rutter’s “What Sweeter Music” — recently were commissioned by Cambridge University for performance at its Lessons and Carols Service, a popular holiday tradition thanks to the annual BBC broadcast of the program every Christmas Eve. Carols to be sung by all include “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks.”
A reception provided by the Episcopal Church Women will follow the service in the church hall. Donations will be accepted to support the continuing work of local organizations that serve those in need in our community.
St. Peter’s is the red-shingled church next to the Rockland Public Library. For more information, contact the church office at 594-8191.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.