Sunday, December 17, 2006

Carols by Candlelight

. . .was, I'm sure, no different from a thousand other carol services across the country. From the startled thrill at hearing those few small treble voices bring the hubbub of a large congregation to an instant halt, through the familiar freshness of the readings (my favourites are Isaiah* and John**) and the exultation of the carols themselves, it's the closest I get to Christmas.

I'm very sure that in the next few days at least one post is going to be titled 'Bloody Christmas' or 'Five Things I Hate About Christmas' or 'Christmas? No Thanks, We Did That Last Year' or somesuch, but not tonight.

*Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

**John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


Dave said...

My big Christigle yesterday was quite moving, with a oouple of hundred people holing candles in a blacked-out church at the end.

Now on to the candle-lit carols tomorrow evening...

Dave said...


Marsha Klein said...


Please can you delete the link to my blog?


Mangonel said...

Marsha, so sorry to see you are leaving. I've enjoyed it.

FirstNations said...

all i have to hear is one acapella voice singing 'Ave Maria' and I'm dripping tears. Alleluia Chorus? forget it. wrecks me every time.
Merry Christmas!