Yesterday evening we continued our celebration of the start of the Advent Season with our annual Advent Carol Service. Father Mervyn accompanied the service as our regular organist was not available.
During the service our choir sang several solo items including a setting of the Magnificat by Paul Inwood and some English Hymnal Advent Plainsong Hymns. The congregation joined in such popular Advent Hymns as “Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding” “Come thou long expected Jesus” “On Jordan’s Bank” On this hymn Father Martin commented that he and Father Mervyn had stood on Jordan’s Bank earlier this year and we, and some of our congregation, would be doing so again on our 2013 Pilgrimage
At the end of the service Father Martin reminded us of the work of “Crisis at Christmas” by reading a short poem written about them. After the final prayers and blessing we sang O Come, O Come Emmanuel and as we left the church Father Mervyn played a Meditation based on that by Flor Peeters.
Every year, for the last 4 years our attendance at this service has increased and last night was no exception.