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Service of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight at Magherally Parish

Magherally Parish Choir pictured at a service of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight in Saint John the Evangelist’s, Magherally last Sunday evening (17th December). L to R: (front) The Rev Elizabeth Hanna - Rector, Mary McKay, Josie McRoberts, Joan Bloomer, Margaret Adair, Hilary Menary and Andrew Smyth - Organist. (back row) John Baker, Philip Spratt, Errol Curran and Bertie McRoberts. Members of the congregation who read the nine lessons at Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight in Saint John the Evangelist’s, Magherally last Sunday evening (17th December). L to R: (front) The Rev Elizabeth Hanna - Rector, Dorothea Stevenson - People’s Churchwarden, Dorothea Stevenson, Rebekah Spratt, Heather Griffin and Dessie Adair. (back row) Irene McKnight, John Baker - Rector’s Churchwarden, Hilary Menary and Bertie McRoberts.

Magherally Parish Choir pictured at a service of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight in Saint John the Evangelist’s, Magherally last Sunday evening (17th December). L to R: (front) The Rev Elizabeth Hanna - Rector, Mary McKay, Josie McRoberts, Joan Bloomer, Margaret Adair, Hilary Menary and Andrew Smyth - Organist. (back row) John Baker, Philip Spratt, Errol Curran and Bertie McRoberts.

Members of the congregation who read the nine lessons at Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight in Saint John the Evangelist’s, Magherally last Sunday evening (17th December). L to R: (front) The Rev Elizabeth Hanna - Rector, Dorothea Stevenson - People’s Churchwarden, Dorothea Stevenson, Rebekah Spratt, Heather Griffin and Dessie Adair. (back row) Irene McKnight, John Baker - Rector’s Churchwarden, Hilary Menary and Bertie McRoberts.

A service of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight was held in Saint John the Evangelist’s, Magherally last Sunday evening (17th December) at 7.00 pm. The Rector, the Rev Elizabeth Hanna welcomed the large congregation and thanked all who took part in the service. The congregational carols were: Once in royal David’s city, Good Christians all rejoice, It came upon the midnight clear, Love came down at Christmas, O little town of Bethlehem, Joy to the world, Silent night, While shepherds watched their flocks by night, O come all ye faithful and Hark the herald-angels sing. In addition there were two special musical items, which were written for this occasion: “The Magherally Nunc Dimittis” (composed by Mr Darwin Martin) and “A Christmas Fugue” (composed by Mr Robert Jacobs).

The nine readings were: Genesis 3 - God speaks to sinful Adam (read by Mr John Baker – Rector’s Churchwarden), Genesis 22 - God’s promises to faithful Abraham (read by Mrs Heather Griffin), Isaiah 9 - The prophet foretells the coming of the Saviour (read by Mr Dessie Adair), Isaiah 11 - The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown (read by Mr Bertie McRoberts), Luke 1 - The angel Gabriel salutes the Virgin Mary (read by Mrs Dorothea Stevenson - People’s Churchwarden), Luke 2 - Saint Luke tells of the birth of Jesus (read by Mrs Irene McKnight), Luke - The shepherds go to the manger (read by Miss Rebekah Spratt), Matthew - The wise men are led by the star (read by Mrs Hilary Menary) and John 1 - The Incarnation (read by Rev Elizabeth Hanna - Rector).

The church, which was recently Highly Commended in the Places of Worship built before1800-1900 category, was magnificently decorated for the occasion with over 450 candles. Followed the service, seasonal refreshments including Preacher’s Punch and shortbread, were served in the church.

18/12/2006