Photo courtesy of Alastair Simmons
Photo courtesy of Alastair Simmons

The traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas took place in St. Andrew’s on Wednesday 21st December.

In spite of the atrocious weather conditions (heavy rain and strong winds) the congregation, together with Bishop Michael (who graciously braved the elements and crossed the mountains to be with us) enjoyed an evening of traditional carols and readings, telling through scripture and song of the birth and saving purposes of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The singing was enhanced by members of the Kyrenia Chamber Choir and accompanist Rauf Kasimov.

Left: Alastair and Fintan Simmons, Earl Moffit. Right: Revd Michael Graham, The ladies are Charlie Inskip and Hazel Turner, Both Photos courtesy of Alastair Simmons

Earl Moffitt, Musical Director of St. Andrew’s, produced the wonderful Order of Service and directed the choir.

Photo courtesy of Alastair Simmons
Dr. Philip Ephraim (violin) Photo courtesy of Alastair Simmons

The soloists were Dr. Philip Ephraim (violin), Izzy and the Revd Mike Graham.

We were very fortunate to be joined by a fine young musician Fintan Simmons, on holiday with his parents, but who joined with the choir and played a magnificent organ voluntary at the end of the service.

1group1The service was introduced by the Chaplain, the Revd Wendy Hough and Bishop Michael pronounced the Benediction.

St Andrews HomeMulled wine and mince pies were enjoyed after the service.