Saturday, January 5th, 4pm, St. Mary's Kerrisdale
There are many times in the year when we are reminded that our Christian lives are out of sync with the secular world around us. One of those times is the period that follows Christmas Day – a period in which we in the church are still celebrating the season of Nativity while the world around is silencing the carols, as they flock to the sales and tear down the Christmas decorations.
In 2003 we offered our first Feast of Carols service at St Mary’s, scheduled for right at the end of the Christmas season, and featuring many of our favourite Christmas carols, both congregational and choral. Over the years our guest choirs have come and gone – choirs from our ecumenical partners, from the deanery, and from the community. Each choir comes forward in turn to sing something that they have already presented in their own church’s Nativity celebrations. The readings, which follow the traditional Nativity sequence, are spiritual in nature but not specifically scriptural, and it has been a joy for many people to discover new writers in the genre. The congregation is surrounded by sound, and it is a very joyful occasion, culminating with an exciting rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from all the choirs, and ending with our final Christmas hospitality in the Parish Hall.
Put aside the afternoon of Saturday January 5th – the Eve of the Epiphany, and Twelfth Night – and join us at 4pm to celebrate the Christmas story one more time.