One of Pasadena’s oldest churches celebrates a Choral Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve at 10:00 p.m. commemorating Christ’s nativity with glorious music, holy scripture, and ancient ritual that celebrates the very essence of Christmas.
In addition to the familiar hymns and carols sung by the congregation, the choir of Church of the Angels in West Pasadena will begin the service with “Once In Royal David’s City,” traditionally sung at King’s College, Cambridge, to open its Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. The Gloria is early American composer Jeremiah Ingalls’ rousing rendition of the text Glory to God on High, and heav’nly peace on earth. The choir anthem, “Jesus Christ The Apple Tree,” combines an anonymous 18th-century text with the beloved Somerset folk melody “O Waly Waly” to sweetly evocative effect. The 14th-century Irish carol, “Angelus Ad Virginem”, as arranged by Sir David Willcocks, features the joyfully buoyant organ combined with the text depicting the Angel Gabriel’s visit to the Virgin Mary.
As the service ends, the choir will proceed out of the church by candlelight, sing Silent Night, and receive the Christmas benediction. Afterward, around a cheerful fire on the patio, there will be cookies, cider, and fellowship.
All are welcome.
In compliance with City of Pasadena health orders and Episcopal Church guidance, masks are required for those worshiping inside the church. We encourage vaccinations for those able to receive them. Seats on the patio are provided for those who would like to attend the service outdoors; watching and listening to the service on a large-screen monitor.
Church of the Angels, 1100 Avenue 64, Pasadena. For more, click here.