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And while quite solemn and spiritual, it was a fantastic affair, which, from my paparazzi eyes, attracted several high profile members of the parish.
Dr. Patrick Prendergast, Director of the Western Jamaican Campus, indicated that it was a gift to the people of Montego Bay.
The event which featured bible readings and heavenly renditions of traditional Christmas carol favourites, was held at the St. James Parish Church in Montego Bay, St. James, under the theme, 'Festival Of The Nine Lessons With Carols'.
The Annual Christmas Carol Service by University Of The West Indies
These nine lessons, by the way, were 9 scriptures from the bible, all related to the coming of the messiah. Each was read by a student and followed up by a carol.
The service started with a powerful rendition of the processional hymn, "One in Royal's David City" with soloist Christena Richards and ended with recessional hymn, "Hark, The Heard Angels Sing" which included the congregation.
Other old time favourite Christmas song that were sung include:
Hossana, The Bay Born
Oh Holy Night by Adophe Adam
Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child
It was all good great, but if you poke me, I'd say that the highlight for me was the fifth lesson which was beautifully read in raw Jamaican Patois.
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