St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Englewood is presenting its annual Lessons and Carols program on Sunday, December 22 at 4 pm to which the public is invited.
The 40-voice St Paul’s Choir School, the church’s semi-professional Parish Choir, and members of the Light and Salt Presbyterian Choir conducted by Music Director Mark Trautman will perform music of the holidays, including excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah” accompanied by organ and orchestra.
Choir, orchestra, and congregation will join together to sing traditional favorites such as “Silent Night” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” Spirituals as well as carols in Latin, Spanish, and German will highlight the multicultural community of worshipers at St. Paul’s.
St. Paul’s has a long history of choral music since its beginnings in 1865. In the twentieth century one of the Episcopal Church’s most distinguished hymn writers served as rector, and John Harms, impresario and founder of what is now BergenPAC, was organist and choirmaster.
The music tradition continues today with a full semi-professional choir and an outreach program for children ages 8 through high school who as part of the St. Paul’s Choir School learn to read music, receive music theory, and have choral training, voice and piano lessons, plus homework help and tutoring. Music Director Mark Trautman explains, “Our program provides stipends, awards, and other incentives that give the students a sense of pride, accomplishment, and a strong sense of community.” He continued, “The school, started only one year ago, now has 40 choristers who experience the joy of singing and enjoy performing for the public.”
Everyone is welcome to the worship service led by Father Robert Shearer. The festival of Nine Lessons and Carols celebrating the birth of Christ will be held in St. Paul’s beautiful sanctuary. This historic church was placed on the National Register of Historic Buildings this past month and will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2015.
Centrally located at the east end of Demarest Street, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is at 113 Engle Street, Englewood NJ. The Gothic building with its rose limestone foundation has stained glass windows from Tiffany, La Farge, and Lamb Studios. For further information call 201.568.3276, or visit us at stpaulsenglewood.org