Advent cheer: the carol service as liturgy

Thomas O'Loughlin

The Carol Service seems so simple we often do not think of it as 'liturgy.' But it can be a means of bringing a community into the presence of the God who is revealed in Jesus.Thomas O'Loughlin is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham, and President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain.

as liturgyIf it's December, then, unless you live on a deserted island, you will hear Christmas songs on the radio. You may also hear some carols (a Christmas song, for example White Christmas does not mention religion) which mix religion and the tradition of popular singing, and you might even hear the odd Christmas hymn (e.g. On Jordan's bank) which is distinguished from the carol by the fact that you can spot that it was written by an expert and needs an organ to keep the tune going!

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