December 28 is actually day four of our 12-day celebration of Christmastide, and the liturgies in this parish on this day are wonderfully distinctive. Our 8 a.m. liturgy is Morning Prayer and the Holy Eucharist (Rite One), where the beautiful canticles Venite, Magnificat (Song of Mary), and Benedictus Dominus Deus (Song of Zechariah) will be used. Our 10:30 a.m. service is a Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist, where once again the miraculous story of Jesus’ birth will be told again in scripture and in song.
The Christmas celebration continues this evening at “A Celtic Christmas,” our regular 5:30 p.m. Eucharistic liturgy with Celtic music. This evening will include reflective but extraordinary folk music for the season, including a number of Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian carols: Wexford Carol, Greensleeves, Christ Child Lullaby, That Night in Bethlehem, Righteous Joseph, Nos Galan (the original carol from which we get “Deck the halls”) and a beautiful Arnold Cooke vocal setting of the charming poem “A Cradle Song” by 20th-century Irish novelist, poet, playwright and children’s author Padraic Colum (1881-1972).