It is traditional in many churches to have a service of Holy Communion on Christmas Eve, sometimes very late and called a Midnight Mass.
Since the late 1880s, many Anglican and Episcopal churches have begun holding a service called Lessons and Carols.
Trinity Anglican Reformed Episcopal Church, at 246 Harman Park Drive, will hold a service at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve that merges these two services into one, and is early enough that the whole family can come.
The Lessons and Carols take the place of the usual lessons that make up the first part of the service of Holy Communion.
Lessons and Carols consists of nine short readings from the Bible, beginning with one from Genesis 3 that predicts that a descendent of Eve will conquer Satan.
This is followed by other readings predicting the coming of the Messiah, and ends with readings from the Gospels of St. Luke and St. John that tell of Jesus’ birth and divinity.
Each reading is preceded by the singing of a carol. After the ninth reading, there will be a short homily and offering, and the second half of the Communion service.
All are invited to join us for this service. All baptized Christians are invited to come to the Lord’s Table to partake of His Holy Eucharist.
May all be blessed in this celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ.