Posted by New Hanover Presbyterian GS

We invite you to bring your family to our unique service on Christmas Eve at 9:00 p.m.  The service will be structured around the ancient “O” Antiphons – we now know them as the verses of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”

Special music will include an ensemble including Raleigh Browne on Piano, Pam O’Brien on Flute, Heather Brannon on Clarinet, and guests on Violin and Cello.

As a “Celtic” service, it seeks to incorporate the whole human self in the worship of God—body, mind and spirit. Celtic worship grew from a place and time when people were unavoidably close to nature and saw God in all the things they encountered. Celtic services typically emphasize a quiet spirit, an emphasis on vivid imagery, integration of the human senses and a longing for a close spiritual relationship with God.

Services in “the Celtic tradition” draw from many different sources in Celtic Christianity. The Celts were an ancient people that ranged across Europe from Bohemia to Spain, but are now primarily in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, and the Brittany region of France. While much of this service is drawn from Celtic sources, the service is structured in a Presbyterian way. However, the Presbyterian Church (USA) is descended from the Scottish Presbyterian churches, so, in a way, every Presbyterian service is Celtic!