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A Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas

Sunday, December 15, at 5:00 p.m.

Modeled after the famed liturgy held each year at King’s College, Cambridge, this festive, candlelit service will include works by Benjamin Britten, Bob Chilcott, Morten Lauridsen, William Mathias, Martin Neary, Boris Ord, Stanford Scriven, and David Willcocks. Arrive early to ensure seating. A reception will follow. Please note that the 5:00 p.m. Sunday Eucharist in the Chapel of Saint Jude will begin at 4:00 p.m. so that those who wish to do so may also attend the Service of Lessons and Carols, and reception.
 

 

Special Services and Events

Winter 2019

Please take note of these special services and events at Christ Church:

Parish Confirmation Liturgy: On the Second Sunday of Advent, December 8, during the 11:15 a.m. Eucharist, several dozen parishioners will be Confirmed or Received into the Episcopal Church by the Right Reverend Carl W. Wright, Bishop to the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries, who will serve as celebrant and preacher.

Holiday Movie Night: All children, youth, and families of the parish, and their guests, are invited to join us on Friday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m., in Keith Hall, for Holiday Movie Night, an evening of festive food, drink, and fun for all ages. Young people will watch The Star, while adults enjoy time for fellowship. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Reverend Mother Crystal Hardin.

Young Adult Happy Hour: The next Young Adult Happy Hour will take place on Thursday, December 19, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Le Bar à Vin at Chez Billy Sud: 1035 31st Street, NW. All parishioners in their 20s, 30s, and early 40s, and their guests, are cordially invited to attend. Young Adult happy hours will continue on third Thursdays at locations in and around Georgetown. For more information about opportunities for young adults at Christ Church, contact the Reverend Mother Crystal Hardin.

Christmas Pageant: The annual Christmas Pageant will take place on Friday, December 20, at 6:30 p.m., in the Church. Children three years of age and older are invited to arrive at 5:45 to receive a costume. Additional information will be provided during Sunday School. Questions? Contact the Reverend Mother Crystal Hardin. Parishioners of all ages are invited to join us as the Nativity story is creatively and enthusiastically retold by the young people of the parish. A festive reception will follow.

Guest Preacher: On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22, the Very Reverend Dr. Ian S. Markham, Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary, will serve as guest preacher at all services.

Christmas Worship Schedule: We invite you, your family, friends, and neighbors to worship with us this Christmas. The schedule of services is as follows.

Tuesday, December 24
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Christmas Eve

Family Eucharist with Christingle Liturgy and
Blessing of the Crèche, at 1:00 p.m.

This year, the 1:00 p.m. Eucharist will include a brief Christingle liturgy. What is Christingle? A Moravian tradition that developed in mid-18th century Germany, Christingle (a word of German origin meaning Christ Child) was originally a special service, held just before Christmas, at which children were given a lighted candle with a red ribbon tied around it. This represented Christ, the Light of the World. The liturgy's final prayer read: Lord Jesus, kindle a flame in these children's hearts, that theirs like thine become. The custom took hold in various parts of Europe and, as it did, evolved over the years. The current iteration of the Christingle, which became increasingly popular in the United Kingdom during the 20th century, is comprised of an orange that is decorated with red tape, sweets, and a candle. We think the children and youth of Christ Church (and maybe some adults too!) will find this addition to our Christmas Eve worship both interesting and meaningful.

Festal Holy Eucharist, at 4:00 p.m.
The 4:00 p.m. Eucharist will include choral works by William Mathias and John Rutter, as well as congregational carols accompanied by organ and brass. Historically, this has been the most well-attended Christmas Eve liturgy at Christ Church. Arrive early to ensure seating.

Choral Prelude with Congregational Carols, at 10:00 p.m.
Join us for an extended prelude to the 10:30 p.m. Eucharist. Music will include seasonal organ repertoire, choral works by Will Todd, David Willcocks, and Charles Wood, and beloved congregational carols accompanied by organ and brass.

Festal Choral Eucharist, at 10:30 p.m .
The 10:30 p.m. Eucharist, the most formal liturgy of Christmas Eve, will include choral works by William Mathias, John Rutter, and Tomás Luis de Victoria, as well as congregational carols accompanied by organ and brass. The ordinary of the Eucharist will be the charming Missa ad praesepe, or Mass at the Crib, by noted British organist, choir trainer, and composer George Malcolm.

Wednesday, December 25
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Christmas Day

Festal Choral Eucharist, at 11:00 a.m.
The only liturgy of Christmas Day, the 11:00 a.m. Eucharist will include choral works by William Mathias and John Rutter, as well as congregational carols accompanied by organ and brass. The ordinary of the Eucharist will be Malcolm's Missa ad praesepe.

Potluck Dinner and Hymn-sing
The fifth annual Potluck Dinner and Hymn-sing, a highlight of parish life at Christ Church, will take place on Friday, January 31, at 6:30 p.m. The main dish, as well as wine and non-alcoholic beverages, will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a nut-free salad, side dish, or dessert to share. After dinner, a good, old-fashioned hymn-sing, led by Organist and Choirmaster Tom Smith, will take place in the nave. Participants will have the opportunity to request the first stanzas of their favorite hymns. Proceeds raised through the “sale” of additional stanzas will benefit next summer’s youth mission trip. All are welcome.

An Afternoon with the Choristers of Christ Church
Join us on Saturday, February 8, at 4:00 p.m., for An Afternoon with the Choristers of Christ Church, a unique opportunity to see and hear members of the fully professional Choir of Christ Church in a concert setting — all vestments off! The eclectic program will feature soloists and small ensembles singing a wide array of vocal and choral literature: from sacred arias to familiar works from the Broadway stage; from medieval madrigals to beloved opera classics. The performers will be accompanied by Howard Breitbart, one of Washington’s most sought-after pianists. All proceeds from the free-will offering will benefit Georgetown Ministry Center. A reception will follow.

GMC Winter Shelter at Christ Church
Georgetown Ministry Center’s Winter Shelter will return to Christ Church on Sunday, March 8, 2020, and remain here for three weeks. Begun on a trial basis during the winter of 1993, the Shelter aims to create a safe, friendly environment that appeals to GMC’s most vulnerable, service-resistant guests. Today, the Shelter, which rotates among 12 Georgetown congregations, serves up to 12 homeless people from November through March. Teams of volunteers gather each night to prepare and serve a hot, nutritious meal, while helping to foster a sense of community, and establishing warm, supportive relationships between GMC staff, volunteers, and the residents themselves. Many volunteer opportunities are available, so no matter if this is your first time, your first in a long time, or your 25th year in a row, we have a space for you. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, although we recommend children be no younger than 10 years of age. No experience is necessary. For more information or to volunteer, contact parishioner Rick Shewell.

 

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