NEW BRITAIN - Those searching for a church service fit for the season need not look further than South Church, which will host its Candlelight Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols this Sunday.
The annual festival will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday,. It is modeled after the original Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge, England, in 1918.
That service was first broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation in 1928 and has been broadcast every year since.
“The candlelit church, the beautiful scripture readings, the choir’s anthems and the spirited congregational singing combine to make a memorable seasonal service,” said Christine Laird, managing director of The Music Series at South Church.
The Chancel Choir, directed by interim Music Director Kari Miller and joined by organist Amy Vinisko, will sing anthems by John Rutter, Peter Niedmann, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Herbert Brewer, Z. Randall Stroope, Simon Andrews and others.
As always, Laird said, a generous portion of the free-will offering to attend the festival will benefit the South Church Survival Fund, which is used to support the church’s efforts in the community.
A reception following the festival will be held in Cooper Hall.
South Church is at 90 Main St.
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