The format of this service was based on an order drawn up by Edward Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury but at that time Bishop of Truro for use on Christmas Eve (24 December) 1880. Tradition says that he organized a 10:00 p.m. service on Christmas Eve n the wooden shed, which then served as his cathedral in Truro and that the purpose of the service was to keep men out of the pubs.
The original liturgy has since been adapted and used by other churches all over the world. Numerous Christian denominations have adopted this service, or a variation on this service, as part of their Christmas celebrations. In Finland, this would be ‘Kauneimmat joululaulut’.
The best-known version is broadcast annually from King’s College, Cambridge, on Christmas Eve. Our service follows that same order.
No recorded history has been found but it seems that a Carol service has been part of the Anglican Church in Finland’s Christmas services since 1960s – well over 50 years!
Please invite and bring your friends and neighbours!