At 4.00 p.m. on Sunday 17th December, the 3rd Sunday in Advent, St. Mark’s held their Christmas Carol Service. The Rev. Eileen led the service of nine lessons, which told the Christmas story, interspersed with traditional carols.
However, before the service began three, of the four, red candles in the Advent wreath were lit – the first representing Hope, the second representing Peace and, finally, the third to represent Love.
Each lesson was preceded by a carol and an introduction, as well as an anecdote from Eileen. These anecdotes ranged from, “The largest group of carol singers was 25,272 by Godswill Akpabio unity choir (Nigeria) at the Uyo Township Stadium, Akwa Ibom,Nigeria, on 13 December 2014.” …..
….. through statistics about the millions of Christmas trees sold every year; information about the first ever Christmas cards and the fact that charities raise over fifty million pounds each year through the sale of Christmas cards; the origins of Christmas tree lights to Christmas food facts and the introduction of carols to a church service by St. Francis of Assissi. Eileen even reiterated that dreadful Tinselitis joke at one point!
Alan accompanied the Carol singing on the organ and a changing light display around the altar enhanced the whole experience. The congregation was, however, plunged into darkness during each reading.
After the service everyone was invited to enjoy refreshments in the Parish Hall.