We received our Christmas present early from our church in the form of a festival of light and superb music last Sunday evening. Sitting there in the pew and surrounded by warm lighting in every direction, I could feel my tension melt away every time our marvelous choir celebrated in harmony the mystery and beauty of faith.
This special service is structured around the nine lessons demonstrated through the nine selected readings from the Gospels accompanied by nine carols and various Christmas hymns. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray was one of the honored guests to this service and he presented one of the readings.
After dropping off our kids at the church nursery before 7pm, we came in to find the sanctuary completely packed. We were lucky to find one of the last 2 vacant pews in the very back. Each pew was tastefully adorned by a large candle held up by large poles. Christmas wreaths were already hung around the wall lighting fixtures. At the entrance to the altar were 2 large lit-up Christmas trees. As always, our church sanctuary could not be more warmly inviting to those just coming in from the chilly weather.
The service began with an introduction by Dean Carol Wade including an invitation to the visitors to connect with the church. For the service, all the church attendants stood up during the procession of the cathedral crest, vestry, honored guests, choir members and clergy towards the altar.
At almost 2 weeks before Christmas, the splendid music from start to finish was such an early holiday treat!