LISBON — St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on the hill, Route 196, will offer a Christmas Eve family service at 3:30 p.m. as well as a midnight service, which will begin at 11 p.m. and includes a Wassail.

Wassail is a hot, spiced punch. It originally referred to the caroling that earned the carolers a cup; later it came to mean the drink itself. The word comes from the Anglo-Saxon “waes hael,” meaning “be well.” 

“Everybody likes the idea of change we can believe in. This Christmas believe in the change that brings real hope for all, believe in the birth of Jesus,” said the Rev. Beau Wagner, rector of St. Matthew’s Church.

Other St. Matthew’s Christmas services will include:

Sunday, Dec. 20, lessons and carols service with a children’s pageant at 10 a.m. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a format for the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols and hymns.

Thursday, Dec. 24, family service at 3:30 p.m.; midnight service will begin at 11 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day service at 10 a.m.


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