The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life

Carols and Thriller

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On Sunday the Anglican Cathedral held not one, but two Nine Lessons and Carols services. I suppose one was technically on Saturday in SL terms, but for those attending, it was Sunday. In the services we heard of God’s plan to redeem the human race by sending his Son to be born on earth as a baby and to grow up in the same way as we all do. The final reading was John 1:1-14. That reading has sent shivers down my spine since I first knowingly heard it in a school Christmas event. Having it in the King James version simply added to the atmosphere for me.

Most who were with us this Sunday found the services very moving. We had carols from various sources on video but lag or technical limitations meant that some people couldn’t watch so I am giving a list of links here with the readings to which they related. Perhaps for those who didn’t make it, this will give something of a flavour.

The Nine Lessons

The Processional Hymn: Once in Royal David’s City

First Lesson: Genesis 3:8—15.
God announces in the Garden of Eden that the seed the of woman shall bruise the serpent’s head.

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Second Lesson:Genesis 22:15–18.
God promises to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall the nations of the earth be blessed.

O Come, O Come, Immanuel

Third Lesson:Isaiah 9:2,6–7.
Christ’s birth and kingdom are foretold by Isaiah.

The Holly and the Ivy

Fourth Lesson:Micah 5:2–4.
The prophet Micah foretells the glory of little Bethlehem.

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Fifth Lesson:Luke 1:26–38.
The angel Gabriel salutes the virgin Mary.

Gabriel’s Message

Sixth Lesson:Matthew 1:18–23.
Matthew tells of the birth of Jesus.

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

Seventh Lesson:Luke 2:8–16.
The shepherds go to the manger.

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Eighth Lesson:Matthew 2:1–11.
The wise men are led by the star to Jesus.

As With Gladness Men of Old

Ninth Lesson:John 1:1–14.
John unfolds the great mystery of the incarnation.

In the Bleak Mid–Winter

The Recessional Hymn:
O Come, All Ye Faithful

The lessons were read by several members of the community, allowing us to hear different accents. It served to remind us that we are a worldwide church.

After the service we met as usual outside the Cathedral to chat. During that time, somehow the conversation moved from chat to action and suddenly nearly everyone there was dancing to Thriller. It made for a very interesting scene and just shows that Anglicans and their friends know how to have a good time. I even have a photo to prove it!

If you managed to make it to one of the services I hope you were blessed by being there. If you helped in any way, a big thank you for making an ambitious undertaking work well. And if you couldn’t make it, I hope you enjoy reading the nine lessons for yourself and listening to the wonderful selection of carols we enjoyed.

Author: Helene Milena

Lay Pastor of the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life. Teacher, counsellor, wife, mother and grandmother.

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