|Posted by communications on December 16, 2020 at 7:15 PM|
I hope you are getting excited about our Christmas Eve liturgies! Your clergy and staff are currently swimming in preparations for them. While it will not be exactly like years past, I can tell you that it will be very, very special. I thought that today, I would share with you some details about what to expect in our two services.
Our 5pm online Service of Nine Lessons and Carols is going to be our big, blow-out service, with the vast majority of our time and energy being devoted to it. There will be something for everyone. If you love to belt out beloved carols, this service for you. If you value hearing the arc of salvation history as told through holy scripture, this service is for you. If you cherish the annual Pageant, this service is for you.
We will have a choir of around 40 St. Alban's parishioners (adults and youth/children) singing carols. We will also have some special guest musicians from near and far. We even recruited a professional Nashville songwriter to share an original song written especially for Christmas Eve. (He just happens to be my dad.) All the music is going to be so beautiful.
In addition to the music, there will be homilies from both Kevin and me, plus poetry and scripture lessons sprinkled throughout. All told, we'll have seven adult lectors and nearly 30 kids participating in the Pageant!
Our 11pm online Holy Eucharist was planned for those who hunger for stillness and sacraments. We know the midnight mass is an important tradition for many, myself included. This simple, spoken service will be recorded ahead of time. After the service concludes, as you are able, you are invited to make your way to 301 Caldwell Lane between 11:45pm and 12:30am. There, in our open-air bell tower, the clergy will be present to share communion wafers from the reserved sacrament in a safe, socially distant way, following all protocols of our Diocese. The clergy will be masked and we ask that you be masked as well. We ask that you approach the belltower from the front walk and depart from the walk leading to the circle drive. If another household is in the belltower when you arrive, please wait before entering. The wafer will be placed in in your hands using tongs. Please wait until you have departed before you remove your mask to consume the wafer. We hope this will be a meaningful opportunity for you, particularly for those who have not been able to receive the Body of Christ in a long, long time.
While we are not able to gather in our nave for many of our cherished traditions, we will still gather for Christmas Eve worship. We gather together right from the safety of our homes, as a people committed to the well-being and health of one another and our neighbors, something that I believe Jesus himself would do given the circumstances.
Yours in Christ,