Ceremony of Carols
Join us to hear Benjamin Britten’s A Cermony of Carols sung by the St. Cecilia Choir of Girls, accompanied by harpist Lynette Wardle.

Sunday, December 15
5pm, Church


cer•e•mo•ny [noun]
1. an act or series of acts performed according to a prescribed form

Benjamin Britten wrote A Ceremony of Carols while on a dangerous sea journey from the United States to Great Britain, during the height of World War II. The work is a musical setting of Middle English poetry. A procession of plainsong themes, dance-like rhythms, and delicate counterpoint, the piece affords the listener several unique perspectives on the mystery of the incarnation of Christ. Theologically, the Ceremony culminates in a ferocious battle between good and evil, the music expanding to paint a vivid picture of apocalyptic conflict – resonating palpably with Britten’s plight at sea.

As we move through the season of Advent, awaiting the birth of our Savior, we invite you to take a deep breath, and listen to the music.