A Christmas commentary
Six poems to follow bible
readings in a carol service
This sequence was written for the carol service at St Johns, West Ealing in 2012.
They are intended to be read by one person acting as a commentator on the Christmas story as it unfolds. Each poem comes after the corresponding Bible reading (a carol may be placed in between if appropriate). The Bible passages may be read, as is the usual custom, each by a different person.
Ideally the commentator should not read from the same lectern (or other location) as the bible readers, and if possible the pieces should be learned by heart. At the original performance an additional reading was included in the service (Matthew 12 v44-46, placed sixth out of the seven) which was followed by a short talk. The theme of that service was "Riches in poverty".
The poems may of course be used independently of one another, and in other contexts. What kind of Messiah? in particular might be read at any time of year.
The style in part mimics the prologue or chorus of a medieval morality play, although introducing a more modern doggerel rhythm on the second and fourth pieces. At the original service all but the Epilogue were performed to a hand-drum beat.
© Godfrey Rust 2012, firstname.lastname@example.org. See here for permissions.