Candlelight service Sunday at St. James
The annual candlelight service,"A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols," will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at St. James Episcopal Church, 101 N. Fifth St., Marshall. Following the candlelight service, hot cider and Christmas cookies will be served in the undercroft where one may get a last look this season of the Wendel Victorian village.
Since first introduced by King's College, Cambridge, England, in 1918, the service begins with the singing of "Once in Royal David's City." It is one of the signature liturgies of any Anglican or Episcopalian parish.
Traditionally the first verse is sung by a young person; this year the soloist will be 12-year-old chorister Keelin Louwagie. The Youth Tone Chime Choir of Louwagie, Kele, Colan, and Alexander Moudry and Evan and Alexander Franson will be ringing. Emily Lodine, mezzo-soprano and member of the award winning Conspirare Ensemble in Austin, Texas, and member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Luverne, will serve as soloist. Readers from the parish and the community will read the nine lessons.
The King's College service was adapted from an order of worship used on Christmas Eve in 1880, "a little service for Christmas Eve nine carols and nine tiny lessons." The lessons and prayers have remained virtually unchanged since that time. Readers of the Nine Lessons begin with the traditional chorister reading from Genesis telling of the Fall in the Garden of Eden and continues with readings that tell of the unfolding of the great mystery of the Incarnation and the birth of Christ.