PRESS RELEASE: NEWTON, N.J. – Christ Episcopal Church in Newton will present the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, on Sunday, December 17, at p.m.
The worship service includes nine Bible stories interspersed with Christmas carols which depict the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus. The renowned Christ Church senior choir and youth choir will perform accompanied by organ, piano, string quartet, harp and soprano saxophone, under the direction of choirmaster Joseph Mello and youth choir director, Deborah Mello. Works by Vaughan Williams, Warlock, Shaw-Parker, Cleobury, Forrest, Rutter and Chilcott will be presented along with settings of traditional carols and anthems. There will be several opportunities for the public to sing the carols.
The format for the service was based on an Order drawn up by Edward White Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury, for Christmas Eve, 1880 in Truro, Cornwall. It has since been adapted and used by other churches all over the world.
The Rev. Chris Streeter will preside. Piano and organ accompaniment will be provided by Diana Greene. The event is free and open to the public, although a free will offering will be taken. Christ Church is located at 62 Main Street in Newton. For more information about the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, call Christ Episcopal Church at 973-383-2245 or visit www.christchurchnewton.org.