Lessons, carols service at St. Peter's

Dec 04, 2013

Rockland — St Peter’s Episcopal Church invites the public to a service of Lessons and Carols Sunday, Dec. 22.

The program will begin at 2 p.m., with hot cocoa and cookies immediately following the program. St Peter’s is located on White Street next to the Rockland Public Library.

The Lessons and Carols Service has become a popular holiday tradition, primarily through the annual BBC broadcast of the program from King’s College Chapel at Cambridge University every Christmas Eve. As World War I ended in Europe, there was a great need for a hopeful message for those that had sustained unbelievable loss of life and property. The Bidding Prayer at the opening of the service reminds one to remember the sick, the impoverished, the elderly and the children of the world in their prayers.

The program includes nine scriptural lessons beginning with genesis and concluding with the Gospel of John. Between the readings, the choir and the congregation will sing anthems and hymns. Two of the anthems presented by the St. Peter’s Choir — "Adam Lay YBounden,” by Boris Ord and “What Sweeter Music,” by John Rutter were recently commissioned by Cambridge University for performance at the Lessons and Carols Service. Traditional Hymns such as “Once in Royal David’s City,” “O, Come All Ye Faithful,” and ”Hark the Herald Angel Sing” will round out the program.

There is no cost for admission but donations will be accepted to benefit the St. Peter’s Choir Fund.

For additional information, contact St. Peter’s Church Office at 594-8191.

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