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The Music Ministry has a number of efforts planned for the year ahead. You can see the full year and much more in our 2019-20 Music ministry brochure. We are especially pleased to include:

Fall 2019

October 6 Saint Francis Day: Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Jeremy Thompson

October 20 Choral Evensong
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Parish Choir

October 27 Bluegrass Mass
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. West Gallery Choir and Guitar Ensemble

November 3-10 Choir Haiti Mission Trip

November 17 Sung Eucharist: Missa Aeterna Christi Munera (Palestrina)
Sunday, 11:15 a.m. Parish Choir and Youth Choir

November 24 Three Choirs Concert at St. Paul’s Church
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Melodious Accord: A Concert of Praise by Alice Parker
Combined Choirs of St. Paul’s, St. Stephen’s, and St. James’s

November 28 Thanksgiving Day Holy Eucharist
Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Parish Choir and Trumpets

December 8 Advent Lessons and Carols
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. West Gallery Choir and Youth Choir

December 16 Our Christmas Hope
Monday, 7:00 p.m. A Service of Remembrance, Healing, and Comfort
Music from the Celtic Tradition

December 22 Christmas Pageant
Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Cherub Choir, Children’s Choir, and Youth Choir

December 24 Christmas Eve
Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Cherub Choir and Children’s Choir
6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, West Gallery Choir and Youth Choir
10:30 p.m. Choral Prelude: Handel’s Messiah, Parish Choir and Strings
11:00 p.m. Candlelight Holy Eucharist, Parish Choir


Music, Mission & Outreach

Haiti Mission Trip – November 2019 Inspired by St. James’s motto, “Be ye doers,” the choir made its first mission trip to New Orleans in 2008. This year, the choir takes its twelfth mission trip, travelling to Jacmel, Haiti, to continue work on a new facility for Wings of Hope ­– a home for disabled and handicapped children and adults.

The Virginia Home – 7:00 p.m., Fourth Monday of each month, September – May Led by members of the Guitar Ensemble, choristers and parishioners gather to sing hymns, bluegrass, Beatles tunes and vintage rock & roll with residents of the Virginia Home. Anyone who likes to sing is welcome to join us.

Christmas Caroling – 5:00 p.m., December 16 Each December, choristers carol at the Virginia Home, Westminster Canterbury, and the homes of parishioners who are home-bound. All are welcome to come share this joy of the season.

Enjoy more examples of our Music Ministry here:

Bluegrass Mass - October 27, 2019

Pentecost 20, Bluegrass Mass

The full service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II, on October 27, 2019, was held at 9 a.m. The Reverend Dr. John McCard preached the sermon. Guest musicians included Charles Arthur, Molly Sharp, Tarren Turvey, and Oak Lane.

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