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Trinity Episcopal Church plans two services on Christmas Eve

PARKERSBURG — Trinity Episcopal Church will be celebrating Christmas Eve with two services on Tuesday.

The late service is a traditional Anglican service with choir, organ, and brass and begins at 10:30 p.m.

The musical prelude will begin with the choir processing to “Once in Royal David’s City,” continuing with “There Is Faint Music” by Dan Forrest, “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen,” arranged by Molly Ijames, a Craig Courtney arrangement of “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night,” the contemporary “Salvator Natus Est,” by Andrew Larson and Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure On This Shining Night.” Choirmaster is Devin Sudman and organist is Marie Mallory.

Performing several traditional carols will be a brass ensemble from the Smoot Theatre, whose members are Ben Wright, trumpet; Ben Wilson, trumpet; Kelley Laseter, French horn; Brian McCommon, trombone; and Scott Tignor, tuba, with direction by Felice Jorgeson.

The service, led by the Rev. Paul L. Hicks, begins with brass, organ and choir on the processional “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” arranged by Willcocks, continues with scripture readings telling the story of the birth of Jesus Christ and includes communion, where all baptized Christians are welcome.

The choir and brass ensemble will combine to present as the offertory anthem the Canadian Brass arrangement of “Ding Dong, Merrily on High.”

The congregation will share in the lighting of the candles and singing of “Silent Night,” combined with “Peace, Peace,” creating a peaceful time to reflect on this holiest of nights. The service will conclude with brass, organ, and choir on the final processional “Joy to the World.”

The Christmas Eve Family service begins at 5:30 p.m. and is a Christmas pageant featuring the youth of the church. The early service also includes communion and the candlelight “Silent Night.”

Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 430 Juliana St., in downtown Parkersburg.

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