• 77°
The Madison Record

St. Matthew’s presents lessons and carols

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church will present "Service of Nine Lessons and Carols" on Dec. 11. CONTRIBUTED
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church will present “Service of Nine Lessons and Carols” on Dec. 11. CONTRIBUTED
MADISON – A centuries-old tradition will live with contemporary meaning when St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church presents its annual “Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.”
The event on Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. will feature St. Matthew’s choir in Bible readings and traditional and not-so-traditional carols that will uplift and focus on the Advent and Christmas season, Rev. James Pappas said. Pappas is serving as Interim Rector at St. Matthew’s.
The Service of Lessons and Carols was first developed at Truro Cathedral in England in 1880. Church leaders attempted to include individuals who knew the general Christmas story but were otherwise ‘unchurched’ in the Christmas festivities of the Church of England, Pappas said.
The service “was adopted as an annual Christmas observance at the chapel of Kings College, Cambridge in 1918. The service came across the Atlantic into the Episcopal Church in 1928 and has since become a customary observance at schools and parishes throughout the United States,” he said.
St. Matthew’s has presented this observance since 2006.
At St. Matthew’s, the order of worship follows the service practiced at Kings College. “This event is patterned after the Christmas Eve service held at King’s College Chapel England,” he said.
“The service consists of a bidding prayer, nine lessons from both the Old and New Testament of the Bible. The lessons trace salvation history from the Fall, through the promises of God to save God’s people, into the fulfillment of those promises in the birth of Jesus Christ. (The service) concludes with a final prayer and blessing,” Pappas said.
Congregational hymns and various carols by the choir are interspersed between and around these prayers and readings. “The prayers and lessons remain constant from year to year,” Pappas said. “The music changes and is selected annually by Tom Killian, our director of music.”
For more information, call 256-864-0788, email rector@stmatthewsmadison.org or visit stmatthewsmadison.org.

Madison

Friends, family celebrate with Jim Justus as he reaches 100 years old

Madison

Crawfish Festival coming to Toyota Field July 2

Madison

Parking for city’s Star Spangled Celebration at Dublin Park moved to city stadium

Bob Jones High School

Jessye Gaines at Bob Jones honored with Presidential Award for Excellence

Bob Jones High School

Top teacher honors go to CMSgt. Ellis Clark at Bob Jones

Huntsville

Madison County encourages customers to conserve water

Madison

MCSO: Three early morning drug raids net numerous drugs, arrests

Madison

Huntsville Museum of Art offers free admission on Sunday, July 3

Huntsville Museum of Art offers free admission on Sunday, July 3

Business

Aerobotix and ASA partner to deploy robotic systems for hypersonic missile manufacturing

Madison

MPD seeks help identifying theft suspect

MPD seeks help identifying theft suspect

Madison

Madison couple killed in motorcycle crash

Huntsville

Thrive Alabama to host community health fair on Saturday

Madison

Coroner: Man found dead in Falkville suspect in Ohio slayings

Liberty Middle School

DeYoung honored as Liberty’s ‘Teacher of the Year’

Madison

Marcia Coons’ books satisfy a child’s whimsy, nurture reading

Lifestyles

Tomato Hornworm: a wolf in sheep’s clothing

Madison

FDA: Currently marketed JUUL products must be removed from the US market

Huntsville

Theatre Huntsville to present “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn

Madison

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church members in Puerto Rico for mission trip

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church members in Puerto Rico for mission trip

Madison

Atlanta Braves to stop in Madison today as part of their “World Champions Trophy Tour”

Madison

Madison Police involved in stand-off on Harborview Dr.

Madison

Madison man faces manslaughter charge in child pool death

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – June 22, 2022

Madison

Fire in Limestone County involving 24 vehicles contained

x