A reminder that the St. Anselm’s Christmas Carol service, which follows the form of 9 lessons and carols made famous by Kings College in Cambridge will take place this coming Sunday, 23rd December, at 6:30pm.
This service will begin our Christmas devotions in the parish and I am delighted to announce that Mike Blande and Hayley are busy preparing some seasonal Mulled wine and minced pies for us to enjoy when the carol service finishes. Do come along and bring friends and relatives.
CHRISTMAS EVE: On Christmas Eve morning we shall be decorating the trees and cleaning the church. The clergy will be in the confessional so that people may make a good confession as part of the preparation for the feast. Then at 3pm we hold our children’s crib service during which the lights are turned on for the first time. The centre piece of this service is a nativity play performed by the children- little ones need to arrive at 2pm for a rehearsal if they wish to be in it.
At 5pm we hold a vigil mass of Christmas Eve which counts as your Christmas obligation. It is particularly suitable for the frail and the very young. Carols replace hymns and we process to the crib and bless it. Then at 11:30pm is the jewel in the crown of the Christmas season – our Midnight Mass at the end of which the christ child is processed to the crib and blessed. We end this beautiful service with a glass of something bubbly!
CHRISTMAS DAY: On Christmas morning our Mass begins at 10am. Carols replace hymns and this year we have the additional joy of admitting two young people to holy communion for the very first time. We ask children to bring a present to open at this service and again end with a glass of something bubbly to toast our Saviours birth. All are very welcome.