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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

The Third Sunday in Adventide

St. James Episcopal Church

101 N. 5th Street, Marshall, MN 

Sunday evening, December 15, 2019 

4:00 PM

 The Rev. Marilyn Leach 

The Rev. Deacon Dawnlynn Greeney 

The Choir, Youth Musicians and Readers of St. James joined by 

Community Members

The Annual Candlelight service,“A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols”, will be held on Sunday evening, December 15th at 4:00 pm at St. James Episcopal Church, 101 North Fifth Street Marshall.

Since first introduced by King’s College, Cambridge, England in 1918, the service begins with the singing of “Once in Royal David’s City”. It is one of the signature liturgies of any Anglican or Episcopalian parish.

Traditionally the first verse is sung by a young person.  Readings of the Nine Lessons will be members of the congregation and community. Carols sung by the congregation and Choir and Youth Musicians offerings will accompany each of the 9 Lessons.

The King’s College service was adapted from an order of worship used on Christmas Eve in 1880, “a little service for Christmas Eve – nine carols and nine tiny lessons”.   The lessons and prayers have remained virtually unchanged since that time. Readers of the Nine Lessons begin with the traditional chorister reading from Genesis telling of the Fall in the Garden of Eden and continues with readings that tell of the unfolding of the great mystery of the Incarnation and the birth of Christ.

All are Welcome

St James Episcopal Church, Marshall in southwest Minnesota is a small rural Shared Ministry parish,  where everyone in the parish family is given the opportunity to find and do the ministry to which God is calling them.

Give to the Max Day is over and we offer our Thanksgivings to all who contributed.  A gift anytime during the year is possible through GiveMn at the link below  Your gift can help St. James with repairing age related damage to our historic building and  for being a Beloved Community in reaching out to the needs of others.


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The Beautiful Gardens  

the loving Ministry of Shannen Louwagie

(in our memories now that winter has arrived)