The season of Advent begins on the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day or in some cases the Sunday that falls closest to November 30. It concludes Christmas Eve, December 24.
What is Advent? Advent is a period of spiritual preparation where many Christians make themselves ready for the coming of Jesus Christ. Each Sunday during Advent a candle is lit on an Advent wreath until the final candle is lit at the Christmas Eve Service.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church celebrates each season of the church calendar, some with a little more fanfare than others. The church doors are open to every denomination to celebrate with their parishioners.
With Christmas Eve on Sunday this year, St. Luke’s will have its morning Holy Eucharist Rite II service at 10:30 with the final Advent service. At 5:30 Christmas Eve, they will hold their Christmas Pageant during the Holy Eucharist service where the Christmas season will begin. This service has traditionally been known as the family service.
The evening concludes with the welcoming of the Christmas season once again at 10:00 p.m. for the Holy Eucharist service that is referred to by the congregation as Midnight Mass. The choir will perform a special choral selection under the direction of veteran leader Frances Stone. There will also be solos and hand bells selections during the candlelit service.
Father David Green invites everyone to join them at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for one of their services on Christmas Eve. There will also be a Christmas Day Holy Eucharist at 10:00 a.m.