We went to our first carol service of the year on Tuesday evening, at Leicester University (My wife works there).
A fairly informal affair, we were encouraged to remain seated if we wished (we did), the coffee shop was open, and we were in quite casual surroundings.
We heard some of the traditional readings, and sung some familiar carols, including Hark The Herald Angels Sing (is it “Late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin’s wum” or “Late in tome behold him coom, offspring of a virgin’s womb”? I’m never sure!), interspersed with a couple of sketches from the University drama group, and performances from a couple of choirs – traditional songs, including one in Icelandic, from the Chamber Choir, and some more contemporary stuff from the Leicester University Voices.
The various University chaplains were involved, taking part in the readings, leading prayers and giving a short Christmas message towards the end.
A nice evening, and a good start to the festive season.