We have for many years provided this fitting conclusion to the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany cycle because before it anticipates in the wrong way and during it only seems to add to the busy nature of that time of year. So the second Sunday in January (generally) we bring this wonderful time of the Church Year to a fitting close by a large choral work, with orchestra, and, occasionally, soloists. All of this under the well-schooled hands of our Cantor, Rocky Craft.
The pews and chairs were mostly full (we hold about 350-375) and I saw tears in the eyes of the attentive listeners. Good music, a rich Biblical and liturgical text, and the familiar readings of the season -- well, it don't get much better than that!!
I do not say often enough how much the music of my parish is an integral and powerful part of the whole liturgical context. To go without it, well, it would be like having one arm removed. Text and tune, music and Word go together -- as God has meant them to -- for His glory, for the proclamation of His Gospel, and for the coaxing of praise, noble praise, from the lips and hands of His people. Thank you, choir! Thank you, musicians! Thank you, Rocky! Your labors for the Lord are all year round and it is a great privilege to listen in as you offer your gifts to His glory each Sunday. God bless you!!