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November 16, 2018

Carols released!

evelyn @ 6:57 pm

The Forth in Praise Christmas Carol Mass has proved popular over the last few years, and orders are still coming in. But in my parish we are ready for a change. One problem with the Christmas Carol Mass is that it ties up certain carols, especially ‘Ding dong merrily on high’, and ‘Joy to the world’, so that it’s a bit much if we try to have them in the pre-Mass carol service as well.

Last year I asked for a change, but our priest has always liked the carol Mass because it is familiar to those who turn up only at Christmas. However, this year even he has had enough.

So, the imagination is at work to produce some sort of new festive Mass setting, and the carols from the Christmas Carol Mass are now released into the wild. Immediately our carol service has taken on new life, although ‘O holy night’ is still there, and (sigh) always will be …

(No! I will not post the goat version again!)

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