MOULTRIE — The congregation of St. John’s, a catholic church in the Anglican tradition, will begin the celebration of the Twelve Days of Christmas with a special service Monday night. The 12 days comprise the time between Christmas Day and the Feast of Epiphany on Jan. 6 of the western Christian calendar. (The term epiphany means “to make known.” In western churches, it remembers the coming of the wise men bringing gifts to visit the Christ child, revealing Jesus as King.)

That Monday night, Dec. 24, at 11:30 p.m., the traditional Christmas Vigil, or Midnight Mass, will begin. At that service, the reading from the Holy Gospel will be St. Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus, the angels’ announcement to the shepherds, and their visit to the manger. The public is invited to attend, as choir and local soprano soloist Joy Webb will provide offertory and communion music.

Historic St. John’s Church was founded in 1912, with its building, situated at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Main Street, being completed in the year 1923. The church building has been maintained with great care over the decades. Its current congregation loves to point out the beauty of its massive west window and the soaring, polished oak vaulted ceiling.

The church’s priest, Father Gary Wilde, has been in Christian ministry for several decades, working first as a pastor and then for many years as a writer and editor in religious publishing. For more information about St. John’s Church or the Christmas Eve service, contact him at 985-3676.

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