Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas Countdown and Traditions Day Six

Hello Friends!

As the weather outside turns back to the usual weather for this time of year, it is warm inside the cottage as we open door six ~~~



The Christmas tradition I share with you today is a most beautiful and moving one, that of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.  This service takes place in Christian churches and cathedrals across the land and is probably the most popular and most well loved of all the Christmas services. I recommend anyone attendting a live service, or even listening in by radio, to be well armed with handkerchiefs or tissues.

You can find a history of this service here if you would like to read more about it.

If you are ever fortunate enough to be able to attend the world reknowned service at King's College, then you can learn all about how to obtain, or queue on the day for, your tickets here where you can also download a booklet of the Order of Service. Alternatively, you can listen to the service broadcast live on the BBC World Service {which I highly recommend ~ and I will be listening in too}

Here is a link to part of the service at King's Collage, Cambridge and begins with the traditional processional carol, Once In Royal David's City, which happens to be my most favourite carol too. It is beautiful beyond words, so I will leave you to take a moment to enjoy it for yourself.

Until next time ~~~
~~~Deborah xoxo

10 comments:

  1. I will definitely put this on my Bucket List! Actually, we're so disgusted with the recent election that we are seriously talking about relocating to the UK. My hubby's grandfather was born in Scotland and my company has an office in England. If we can sell our house, I may be closer to you!

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    1. You would be more than welcome Across The Pond! Who knows, you really could do it, nothing is impossible.

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  2. Oh Deb, the carol is playing in the background and it is so beautiful. Thank you for all the time you are spending putting together these lovely traditions. Christmas truly a time for us all to unite. Blessings to you, my friend. xoxo ♥

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    1. Thank you Martha Ellen. It is beautiful, isn't it? I hope you'll have time to listen to the service, but I am sure it is available for a while after December too. It is the one carol that reduces me to tears as it reminds me of my Grandmother. xoxo

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  3. I love to listen to the 9 Lessons and carols from Kings, not sure I would want to go as it's a bit long to sit on a church pew for my back, not the most comfy of seats!

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    1. I think Delia Smith makes her mince pies while listening to it! Agree, a church pew is not comfy {but then that's the whole point of a church pew} and I think it would be many hours as you'd need to be seated early.

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  4. Thank you so much, Deb. Plan to get back to this and listen. A bit out straight at moment catching up! I'll explain later! Just wanted to say thank you again for all the hard work! Jane xoxo

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  5. Well, again, this is all new to me. So off I am to check out all the links you provided. Thanks!

    Darlene

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  6. Beautiful processional! I will enjoy learning through your links. Thank you so much for sharing dear friend.

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    1. Thank you, my friend! I'm so pleased you stopped by today.
      Deb xoxo

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