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December 9, 2012

St. Michael’s to offer Lessons and Carols

NORMAN — The St. Michael’s Episcopal Church choir will offer a service of Lessons and Carols at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The service is open to the public.

“We’re trying to reestablish an older tradition,” said David Zittel, chairperson of the St. Cecilia’s Guild that is sponsoring the event. “I’ve missed it and I’m glad to see us starting back up. It’s a tradition that’s near and dear to Fr. Alan’s (Sutherland) heart. He hopes it will be reestablished as an annual event.”

The guild’s mission is to support and maintain the church’s rich Anglican musical heritage at a high level while encouraging and exploring new types of musical experiences. An offering will be taken at the festival to support the work of the guild, which helps purchase choral music and hire singers for the choir.

“The last time we held a Lessons and Carols festival was in 1995,” Zittel said. “At that time, the service was dedicated to choir member Betsy McGonnell,” who perished in the Murrah building bombing.

Senior Warden Amy Gardner, said parishioners and clergy will read the lessons and the St. Michael’s choir will sing the traditional carols used at King’s College in Cambridge, England. The first festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was introduced in 1918 at King’s College Chapel. According to the King’s College website, it was introduced “to bring a more imaginative approach to worship.” The yearly festival is broadcast around the world on Christmas Eve.

“All members of the community are invited to join us in starting off our Christmas season by celebrating Christ’s birth,” Gardner said.

Refreshments will be served after the service. A nursery will be available.

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