Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the Dennysville/Edmunds Congregational Church

The annual Festival of Nine Lesson and Carols will be held at the Congregational Church in Dennysville on Friday evening, December 22, at 7 p.m.   Nine lessons, from the biblical story of Christmas, will by framed by carols sung by choir and congregation.  The candlelit meetinghouse was redolent with the fragrance of hand-picked greens from Washington County in wreaths and garlands and illuminated by two Christmas trees decorated with bows and hundreds of tiny lights.   

The congregation will join the choir in singing traditional favorites, while carols by the choir will range from ancient to modern.  These include familiar pieces like “Ding Dong, Merrily on High,” and the gem-like “In the Bleak Mid-Winter,” by Harold Darke, to the gentle sweetness of “Sing Lullaby”, and “Myn Lyking” and the haunting “A Christmas Carol” by the American composer Charles Ives, beginning “Little star of Bethlehem… .”  

The festive mood is captured by “Past Three O’Clock”, and the percussive joy of John Gardner’s ebullient “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day,” among many others.  

Organist Gerald Wheeler from Blue Hill will be accompanying the choir composed of voices from around the area, and led by Choirmaster Colin Windhorst.  Community members who enjoy traditional music in Christmas worship are urged to come and share in this annual celebration of Christmas, and “rest beside the weary road, to hear the angels sing.”