Christmas Celebrations


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This page is an overview of what to expect at our Christmas Celebrations


Blue Christmas

Celebration Eucharist (Mass, Lord's Supper, Holy Communion)
Language Contemporary (from the Book of Alternative Services, 1985)
Music Traditional Christmas Hymns
Media The Celebration is projected on the wall (no books required)
Audience This Celebration is open to all ages (see description below for more detail)

For those who find that a celebration of Christmas is hard to manage, because your family has lost a loved one this year and this is the first Christmas without them, or because you have some other pain in your life that makes 'celebrating' Christmas in the usual way hard to do, you are warmly invited to this alternative celebration of the birth of Jesus.  It is sensitive to the feeling of loss and sorrow that many feel during the holiday season.  A low-key and meaningful celebration of the Eucharist with people in a similar situation, this service is unlike the typical Christmas Eve celebration.  Those who attend the service are invited to stay afterwards for a time of fellowship and to bring a dish for a potluck meal in the parish hall.


Christmas Eve - Intergenerational Family Celebration (4:00 p.m.)

Celebration Children's Christmas Worship
Language Contemporary, understandable by young people
Music Christmas Songs
Media Projector and handouts
Audience Families with young children

This celebration, new is 2011, is a non-traditional celebration of the birth of Jesus.  It is less structured than the usual Anglican worship and includes interactive worship elements such as singing, crafts, and story-telling.  For families with young children who do not want to be out late or who want a worship setting where kids can be kids, this Christmas Celebration is ideal.


Christmas Eve - Traditional Candlelight Celebration (7:00 p.m.)

Celebration Eucharist (Mass, Lord's Supper, Holy Communion)
Language Contemporary (from the Book of Alternative Services, 1985)
Music Traditional Christmas Hymns (some including Mohawk language)
Media All Saints' - The Celebration is projected on the wall (no books required)
Christ Church - Hymn Book, Printed Bulletin
Audience This Celebration is open to all ages

The traditional celebration of Christmas Eve begins in the darkened church as we await the announcement of the birth of our Saviour.  During the singing of the first hymn, the congregation's candles are lit and we hear the story of Christmas proclaimed in the gentle glow of candlelight.  The celebration continues as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist in remembrance of the One who was born so that we might have life.  Come join us as we sing everyone's favourite Christmas carols proclaiming that Jesus Christ is born today!


Christmas Day

Celebration Eucharist (Mass, Lord's Supper, Holy Communion)
Language Contemporary (from the Book of Alternative Services, 1985)
Music No music
Media The Celebration is projected on the wall (no books required)
Audience This Celebration is open to all ages

Most people come to church on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but on Christmas Day the Parish has a quiet and reflective morning celebration of the mystery of Christmas.  This is a relaxed and contemplative service with fewer people and no music.  If you want to celebrate Jesus' birth without all the pomp and ceremony of the Christmas Eve Celebration but rather in the soft light of early Christmas morning, you are welcome to join our small Christmas Day flock.


Epiphany

Celebration Eucharist (Mass, Lord's Supper, Holy Communion)
Language Contemporary (from the Book of Alternative Services, 1985)
Music Traditional Hymns
Media Hymn Book, Printed Bulletin
Audience This Celebration is open to all ages (see allergy warning below)

The Twelve Days of Christmas end on 6 January, which is called Epiphany.  This is the day that commemorates the arrival of the three Magi (wise men) in Bethlehem to worship Jesus.  As we are told in Scripture, they presented Jesus with three gifts:  gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  These three gifts were appropriate presents for a priest and king as they were richly symbolic.  In 2011, the Chapel Royal received an extraordinary gift from the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace:  several hundred grams of the Chapel Royal's own frankincense from the Middle East.  This celebration will be a solemn ending to the Christmas season and we will present at the altar our gift of incense to the new-born King.

ALLERGY WARNING:  Those who are allergic or sensitive to heavy scents and/or smoke should be aware that that incense will be burned at this celebration.

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