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Packed house at Christ Church in Greenwich for carolling

December 17, 2018

GREENWICH — Some 500 people packed the pews at Christ Church Sunday evening for Carols by Candlelight, the Episcopal church’s annual celebration of the advent season preceding Christmas.

Beginning with a half-hour English handbell prelude, the liturgical and musical service featured young and adult soloists and four of the church’s much-loved and all-ages choirs trained in the Anglican choral tradition. Renowned composer and organist Philip Moore, who hails from the medieval cathedral York Minster in England and is Christ Church’s current artist in residence, raised the rafters with his pipe organ accompaniment.

The “Service of Nine Lessons & Carols,” in fact, marked its 100th anniversary last night. It was created in 1918 by the Dean of King’s College, Cambridge, after he had returned from service as a British Army Chaplain in World War I.

One of the oldest and largest Episcopal churches in New England, Christ Church also recently welcomed a new rector, Rev. Marek Zabriskie, only the tenth lead priest in the parish’s 270-year history.

Christmas Eve services will also feature extensive musical offerings, at 3, 5, 8, and 11 p.m.

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