St. Peter’s Advent Lessons and Carols service set for Sunday

Salisbury Independent
Posted 11/29/22

Black Friday specials! Store hours to midnight. Decorating inside and out. Online mailing deadlines.

“It’s that time of year ….”

But is it? Although Christmas carols …

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St. Peter’s Advent Lessons and Carols service set for Sunday

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Black Friday specials! Store hours to midnight. Decorating inside and out. Online mailing deadlines.

“It’s that time of year ….”

But is it? Although Christmas carols are ubiquitous, in the church calendar, the month before Dec. 25 is technically “Advent,” which the Washington National Cathedral calls a season “of both quiet reflection and joyful expectation …  a time of spiritual preparation.”

Most believers embrace the commercial and social drumbeat of anticipated joy.

At St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Downtown Salisbury, they also may share some quiet reflection – during its Advent Lessons and Carols service on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. (Pre-service music starts at 6:45 p.m.)

According to church tradition, Lessons and Carols is nine thought-provoking Biblical readings paired with a hymn or other music that reflects hopeful anticipation of God’s blessing to all people. 

Celebrating this joyful expectation will be members of the Salisbury Pops lead by its director Lee Knier, and the Choir School of the Eastern Shore and St. Peter’s Choir, led by Director Daniel Cherrix.

The “lessons” will be read by Father David Michaud and invited residents of the community as well as the church.

Members of the brass quartet are trumpeters Brad Kraus, band director/teacher at Snow Hill High School; and Bill Williams, band director/teacher at Pocomoke High School. Trombonists are Michael Devine, band director/teacher at Pocomoke Middle School, and Knier.

Knier has a background in jazz, big band and popular music, but enjoys playing in churches: “Different parts of the service appeal to different people.  Some like incense; others love the beauty of stained glass. To me, music invokes the presence of God.  And brass instruments were played in churches in the late Renaissance and Baroque eras, often reinforcing the sound of singing voices.”

Works to be performed include Handel’s “And the Glory of the Lord” from “Messiah”; Brahms’ “Es Ist ein Ros’ entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming)”, an Advent/Christmas hymn;  “Rigaudon” by popular French composer Andre Campra (b.1660); and pieces by Giovanni Gabrieli (b. circa 1556), influential Venetian organist/composer.

Admission is free and the public is cordially invited.  The church is located at 115 St. Peter’s St.  For more information call 410-742-5118.

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