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Christmas in Macosquin

The Christmas programme at St. Mary’s Church in Macosquin began on Wednesday 20th December with a Christmas lunch for  40 senior citizens.  That evening a Christmas dinner was served by young people to 30 volunteers who look after the graveyard, clean the church, help with Senior Citizens’ lunches and  do a number of maintenance jobs around the church throughout the year. Afterwards  the village Christmas tree was illuminated and carol singers toured the village, raising almost £300 for the Northern Ireland Hospice .
A fun-filled Children’s Christmas Party was held on Saturday afternoon and the collection from the Christingle Service which followed the party will be sent to the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

On Sunday morning the Sunday Club children entranced the congregation with their delightful Christmas Nativity presentation and in the evening the beauty and wonder of the traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols by candlelight was enhanced by the anthems performed by the Choir.

The Christmas programme at St. Mary’s Church continues with the ever popular and much-loved  Service of Holy Communion  with carols at 11.00pm on Christmas Eve, and a short service of family worship and Holy Communion at 10.00am on Christmas Day.
The beautiful  window decorations will remain in the  church  for a special Service of Epiphany Carols and Readings  with  ‘Cantemus’  on Sunday 10th  January at 6.30pm.  This service will be a wonderful finale to the Christmas Season and it is hoped that this popular choir will attract many visitors to Macosquin that evening.
 ‘Cantemus’ is  an outstanding  choir, directed by Tony Morrison, and is highly acclaimed throughout Northern lreland for their sacred and liturgical music.  They meet and train in Macosquin’s Parish Hall, and recently performed a wonderful Christmas Concert at The Star of the Sea Church, Portstewart on behalf of The Samaritans.  Some of the pieces from that evening’s programme will be included in the service on 10th January.

‘Cantemus’  Photographed after a service of Choral Evensong  at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

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