Daily Journal: 23 December 2016 (Friday)

Slow start this morning – which is just fine. Have been out late every evening this week and need to recharge the batteries. But first, do some laundry since everything will be closed on the 25th and the 26th is also a holiday (Boxing Day).

Later, I met Paula at 3:00 at Trafalgar Square as planned. We were to see a service at St. Martin-in-the- Fields, but their Evensong for that evening was postponed for a children’s program. So, decided to have some tea and talk about our options. A picture of Trafalgar Square below.

Saw some lights on the way to tea.

After discussion at tea, and a variety of other subjects, we decided to walk over to Westminster Abbey for their candlelight service of lessons and carols, which started at 6:00 p.m. When we arrived, we found out we needed to have printed tickets. So we waited in the non-ticket holder line and eventually got in. (I like when it works out like that.)

Tonight’s service was my 4th service this week, but this was the most formal by far. The choir was pitch-perfect. I can’t describe the acoustics – perhaps “sweet” is a good word. The history of the building is literally jaw-dropping as you look around. The service lasted a little over an hour and contained many sacred songs and familiar carols. Our candles were lit as we sang, “Deck the Halls”.

Program from the candlelight service.

After we left, I took pictures of the abbey, then walking to the underground station took some pictures of Big Ben. (To add to my collection.) I’ll have to visit here again because starting in January, the tower, clock and bells will be undergoing a 3-year maintenance project.

Streets were wet after a brief rain shower.

What a week it has been with services and music this week. Five different venues and each with their own special message, song, and spirit of the Christmas season.



One thought on “Daily Journal: 23 December 2016 (Friday)”

  1. You would have loved the music. Maybe check out some places in Portland that have Christmas concerts? Would have been fun to have you along here. I may return to London next Christmas. Happy New Year!

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