December, 11th 2016 - Christmas Lessons and Carols
On the 13th of December our Chapel was again the scene of the traditional Lessons and Carols service. The ladies of the flower guild had again done their utmost to provide the congregation with beautiful floral arrangements. Also were some special flower arrangements on the altar. These were be taken to some of our elderly, housebound or sick members after the service.
The traditional readings, alternating with Carols were held. After the service a fellowship get together with members of the congregation and guests as far as Drachten in Friesland that came especially for this event, was organized outside the Hut. Hot coffee and tea, mulled wine and Christmas cakes were served. Like every year this was very much appreciated by everyone present.
The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus that is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.
The format was based on an Order drawn up by Edward Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury but at that time Bishop of Truro, in Cornwall, for use on Christmas Eve (24 December) 1880. Tradition says that he organized a 10:00 p.m. service on Christmas Eve in a temporary wooden structure serving as his cathedral and that the purpose of the service was to keep men out of the pubs.
The original liturgy has since been adapted and used by other churches all over the world. Lessons and Carols most often occur in Anglican churches. However, numerous Christian denominations have adopted this service, or a variation on this service, as part of their Christmas celebrations. In the UK, the service has become the standard format for schools' Christmas carol services.
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Images below by Nikki Barker and Lub Gringhuis