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I wonder if you have a favourite carol?

I am especially fond of ‘It came upon the midnight clear’, which tells of the angels bringing God’s love song for the whole world to hear - a message of peace and good will towards all people, on the night Jesus was born.

“It came upon the midnight clear” was written in 1849 by Edmund Sears, a unitarian minister in Massachusetts, and is sung regularly at church carol services throughout the world.

In the Classic FM vote last year for our nation’s favourite carol, alas, it only made number 14,

The favourite was “O Holy Night”, which knocked “Silent Night” off the top spot from the year before.

Whatever your favourite, there are plenty of opportunities to come together and sing carols and hear afresh the story of the birth of Jesus in a variety of formal and more informal settings across our Coastal Group.

There are carol and crib services, carols in the Lighthouse Inn, the Hill House and Sea Palling Lifeboat station; carols at Christmas Tree Festivals, and Christingle services in December and January.

New for this year is ‘Community, Carols and Cake’ at Lessingham Village Hall on Sat 23rd December.

And the midnight communion service at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve at Happisburgh is a time of wonder as we ponder the significance of that Holy Night.

Everyone is welcome at all our services - whether you have come before or whether you are coming for the first time.

Wherever and however you celebrate Christmas this year, I pray that it may be a time of blessing, filled with love, joy and peace.


Revd Catherine Dobson.

Rector, The Coastal Group.