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Lessons and Carols at St. Thomas the Apostle – Friday, December 14, 7:00 PM

December 6th, 2012, Promulgated by Gen


Next Friday, December 14th, at 7:00 PM, there will be a candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, part of the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish. Fr. Frank Lioi will be presiding over the ceremony, which was a tremendous success last year. The organizers of the event have included with the lessons and carols several Gregorian Chants and Renaissance motets which capture and convey the beauty of the Advent and Christmas Seasons.

The Anglican Ordinariate community in Rochester, the Fellowship of St. Alban, will be assisting with the liturgy, along with members from several area parishes. Readers for the service include Classical 91.5 afternoon host Mona Seghatoleslami, Hon. William Polito, Dcn. John Cornelius of St. Alban’s, and Art Harris, State Deputy of the Knights of Columbus for New York.

The Diocesan website has publicized the event, as quoted below:

The Msgr. Burns Knights of Columbus Council are sponsoring Lessons and Carols on Friday, December 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Kateri Tekakwitha at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4536 St. Paul Blvd.  

This beautiful service of Scripture and song dates back to the late 19th century.  Nine Scripture lessons recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson’s message.
Light refreshments will follow.

Please do your best to attend what is bound to be a beautiful evening of sacred song and Scripture! Eastman musicians will be joining with members of several local choirs to offer such beautiful carols as “Once in Royal David’s City,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” along with Victoria’s “Ave Maria” and Hans Leo Hassler’s “Dixit Maria.”

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4 Responses to “Lessons and Carols at St. Thomas the Apostle – Friday, December 14, 7:00 PM”

  1. Ben Anderson says:

    splendid. I just saw Mona at Live at Hochstein with the Eastman Horn Choir. Looking forward to this.

  2. Jim says:

    It is good to see St. Thomas Church come to life once again, if only for one evening. I wish we could have more events sponsored at St. Thomas, more often throughout the year.

  3. Choir says:

    I hope to be their. I am so looking forward to being in St. Thomas and hearing some excellent Catholic Church music. Thanks.

  4. order says:

    Nice. Looking forward to this. Some just don’t (want to) understand how wonderful this sounds in a setting like this. It’s just not the same in a room with paneling.

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