This year’s Carol Service took place in St. Mary Moorfields RC Church in Eldon Street, nestled away between Moorgate and Liverpool St. From the outside it was difficult to spot its existence but the interior revealed a most beautiful building, designed by the architect George Sherrin, who also designed the dome of the London Oratory, as well as several London Underground Stations.
We are grateful to the Parish Priest, Canon Peter Newby, for allowing us to share his facilities and for making us all most welcome. The traditional mix of lessons and carols was followed with readings expertly given by Liverymen, including the Master, Simon Bartley, and our Clerk, Major Jollyon Coombs.
We were enchanted by the excellent Choir of the English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, Tower Hamlets. Their enthusiasm was a joy to behold and thanks are due to them for their excellent renditions.
Once again, our Chaplain Colin Semper gave the address. He was hampered by the sad loss of his case on the train that not only held some precious belongings, but also his prepared sermon. In the circumstances he bravely carried on and delivered his special Christmas message with some sadness but his usual aplomb.
At the end of the service the congregation including many friends and family members, enjoyed an excellently prepared supper in the crypt. Thanks are due to the members of Providence Row for their part in this.