BEAUFORT, S.C. – Holy Trinity Classical Christian School invites the community to the 7th Annual Christmas Program titled “O Come, O Come Emmanuel and Ransom Captive Israel,” on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 6 pm at Community Bible Church. This is a Christmas musical celebration including traditional carol singing and Scriptural readings featuring Holy Trinity students in grades K-11. The event is modeled after the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols first held on Christmas Eve in 1918 at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England.
This year’s inspiration for the program comes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s letters written at Christmastime from a Nazi prison. Anna Booman, Fine Arts Teacher and Choral Director for Holy Trinity, had this to say, “Dietrich Bonhoeffer compared the Advent season to life in a prison cell: we wait for the fateful knock on the door; we yearn for someone to release us from the prison of a life without God. Our Christmas Program endeavors to point to that Someone who knocks on the doors of our hearts and longs to dwell with us. Through Scripture and song, we will celebrate the miraculous event of Jesus’ coming, and through the eyes of a faithful pastor imprisoned by the Nazis in WWII, we hope to emulate even a little of his hopeful expectancy, no matter how dire the circumstances.”
Holy Trinity students will present an array of musical offerings ranging from ancient hymns like O Come O Come Emmanuel, classical favorites from Handel’s Messiah, traditional spirituals like Behold That Star and Somebody’s Talkin’ ‘bout Jesus, as well as more contemporary favorites like Do You Hear What I Hear? Throughout the program will be many opportunities for congregational participation in the singing of our most beloved Christmas carols. We hope you will come and make a joyful noise with us!
The event is free. Doors open at 5:30 pm. The program will be held at Community Bible Church, 638 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort 29906.