The candlelit church awaits.
Thank you to the singers and organisers of our Candlelit Carol Concert on Saturday evening. A full church of people had a splendid experience to prepare us for the celebration of Christmas. Not only that, but we raised £4,315 for SUROL - working to rehabilitate those suffering from leprosy in Sri Lanka. This is the adopted charity for the Order of St Lazarus in Great Britain, so thank you for all your generous donations.
The event was organised by one of our members, Mr Anthony Dickinson, by whose good graces it is that we have such excellent music here in the parish, including the ability to offer Missa Cantata so often and that the Common of the Mass can be sung each Sunday at the Ordinary Form. The entrance chant sets the tone of Mass, which clearly says that we are here to pray!
Anthony also sang baritone in the Schola for the Concert. The two sopranos were Rachael Cotton and Angela Hicks. The counter-tenor, Simon Woof and the bass, Alex Kokotaylo. Special thanks also to David Scott-Thomas who played the organ and directed the singers. David is, among a number of hats he wears, the organist at St John's Church, Broughton, near Preston, well known for its excellent musical tradition.
There was a great atmosphere in the church and afterwards as we indulged in the traditional fare of mince pies and mulled wine.
Only Traditional fare - of course!
A clergyman's work is never done!