Did your mother or father have a favourite Christmas carol? Wouldn’t it be a nice tribute to have it sung in memory of your parent? Or maybe there’s a particular friend whom you’d like to remember with a seasonal song?
An opportunity for such thoughtfulness will happen at the Memorial Carol Sing on Sunday, Dec. 10 in St. Paul’s Church in Charlottetown at 2 p.m.
This is not a conventional church service, but 90 minutes of Advent and Christmas music, followed by a reception.
“It will be a specially emotional, meaningful occasion,” says rector John Clarke.
Attendees can actively participate in different ways.
A donation of $10 or more lets them inscribe the name of a person they want to remember on a star that will be placed on the memorial tree. It also puts the name of their loved one in the keepsake printed program. (A tax receipt will be issued.)
Audience members are also invited to join in the singing of a number of the traditional pieces.
The proceeds will go to the St. Paul’s Organ Fund, which sustains the church’s wonderful 1936 Cassavant organ.
But donations are not required.
“The purpose is not money. The aim is chiefly that people join in fellowship and appreciate the traditional music of the carol sing, a wonderful way to get into the Advent season and prepare for a thoughtful Christmastime,” a news release states.