Once upon a time, I used to sing in the choir. In my day we wore white surplice, violet robe with ladies and girls sporting a three cornered hat. The small ones, girls and boys wore a frilly ruff and hated them!
Times change and St Giles Singers no longer sport the traditional garb, although always smartly turned out; and boys and girls no longer tug at ruffs, but the singing is angelic and I am waiting patiently for Sunday Evening’s 9 Lessons and Carols.
This year I haven’t been able to sit in on the Singing Practices so there will be surprises, but no surprise can equal the one given the shepherds out in the fields when the angel of the Lord showed up. Smelly Shepherds, in that day were held in as much respect as those who live on the streets today, unprepared, ( we use that word in our Communion Service ~ “our hearts were unprepared”) wearing grubby apparel, sleeping in the open doing nothing to enhance their appearance, those shepherds were the last people expecting the Angel of the Lord, yet appear He did, together with a multitude of heavenly beings, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased” (Luke 2:14] (E.S. V)
I look forward to the Carol Service, and unprepared as I am, to seeing peace reigning on the earth.
Lord, I pray for gentlenes, and your strength to be forgiving. Lord Jesus I ask for patience that I might understand and the blessing of endurance like yours to stand for all things that are just, and right, holy and good that I may know your peace and praise God aright all my days.Amen