Category Archives: Christmas

The First Eucharist of Christmas: Midnight Mass – Christmas Eve, 11.30pm

11.30 pm,  The First Eucharist of Christmas

This service, often known as Midnight Mass, is an absolute gem and is really the first of the main Christmas services.

We gather at 11.30 pm to celebrate the Christmas story of God coming among us in the birth of Jesus. This is a communion service with the blessing of our special crib, and includes lovely carols for us all to sing.

Why not round off a lovely evening with family or friends, by coming along to join us for one of the most moving and wonderful services in the whole year?

Whether you come to St Mary’s regularly or not – you can be assured of a very warm welcome – for you and your family and friends.

Christmas Eve: Candlelit Crib Services, 3.30pm and 4.30pm

One of the highlights of Christmas is without doubt witnessing the enjoyment and excitement through young people and our Crib Service on Christmas Eve will be a delight for all children young, and not so young!

We invite all the children to come in costume, dressed up as characters from the Christmas story to play their part as we tell again the story of the First Christmas with singing and prayer.

We gather at our Crib to witness the stable gradually filling with characters as they come to visit the baby Jesus lying in the manger.

Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols: Sunday 17th December, 6.30pm

A beautiful sequence of bible readings interspersed with choir carols and congregational singing for all to enjoy.

Our second musical offering in the run up to Christmas is the lovely Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.  In this service we hear a sequence of bible readings interspersed with choir items and congregational carols for us all to sing making this one of the quintessential services of the Christmas period and certainly one not to be missed.

Many of the organizations and institutions in Redbourn are represented in the reading of the Lessons – it really is a carol service for everyone to enjoy, it’s free and no tickets are needed.