ROCKLAND — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland invites you to press the pause button on the busyness of Advent, the weeks before Christmas, to participate in a festive Lessons and Carols service on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 5:30 p.m.
The service first became popular in Britain after World War I, as the nation sought to heal and come together, according to St. Peter’s, in a news release. BBC Radio soon picked it up and has broadcast it annually from King's College, Cambridge, making this service one of the most popular of the holiday season in Britain. The program has spread to the U.S. and Canada and around the world. Lessons and Carols are celebrated around the world by most Christian denominations.
St. Peter's has updated the service for the day and time. Christmas carols and hymns are sung between brief Bible readings that tell the story of Christianity and Jesus’ birth. The festive program unfolds as a dramatic dialogue between the reader, the choir, and people in the pews, who lend their voices to the well-known carols.
The service is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to assist St. Peter's outreach to those in need.
St. Peter’s is the red-shingled church with the open door in downtown Rockland between the library and playground.
For additional information contact the church office at 594-8191.