Advent & Christmas

Advent

The Church’s liturgical year begins anew with the season of Advent. In these four weeks leading up to Christmas, we prepare ourselves personally and communally for God’s coming among us. It is a joyful season of hope and longing, reflective and anticipatory.

Advent is also a time for helping those in need. Each December we have Operation Santa, our annual Christmas service project, which allows parishioners to provide gifts for homeless children.

During this season, we also get a taste of Christmas in worship and fellowship. Our annual Christmas Fair is held on the first Saturday of December. In mid December, we have a Children’s Christmas Pageant as well as a service of Christmas Lessons and Carols, followed by the Parish Christmas Party. (Please note that this year’s Fair in canceled due to COVID-19.)

Christmas

Our celebration of Christ’s birth begins with festive services on Christmas Eve and carries us through the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6.

Church of the Incarnation inside at Christmas

Festival of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 12, at 5:00 p.m. With Strings, Organ and the Incarnation Choir.

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An Incarnation tradition, a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is one of the most beloved services we present each year. It consists of lessons from scripture interspersed with carols reflecting on the themes of the readings. The lessons, which cover the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus, are read by representatives of the parish.

 

Children’s Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 19, at 11:00 a.m.

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The Children’s Christmas Pageant is featured in place of the sermon during our principal Sunday service.

 

Christmas Eve

6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Organ and Soloists from the Incarnation Choir.

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Traditional Christmas hymns and carols are sung throughout the service.

11:00 p.m. Festal Eucharist with Strings, Organ and the Incarnation Choir; Musical Prelude at 10:30 p.m.

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Our version of “Midnight Mass,” this is a beautiful and transcendent celebration of Holy Communion by candlelight.

Christmas Day

11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Organ and a Soloist from the Incarnation Choir.

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A joyful service of Holy Communion to celebrate the birth of Jesus, with a visit to the creche for children.

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