Tradition Is Tops At Lewes Church
A traditional festive season is in store for one Lewes church which promises that all its festive services will be from the historic Book of Common Prayer. The liturgy dates back to Cranmer’s famous prayer book of 1549, produced after the Reformation, and which has been in regular use at St Thomas a Becket in the Cliffe ever since.
Christmas services at the ancient Church include a parish Communion on Sunday 22nd December at 9.45am with Advent carols. Christmas Eve sees a crib service for all the family at 4pm followed by candle-lit midnight Communion starting at 11.30pm with well-known carols. On Christmas morning, parish Communion with carols at 9.45am celebrated by Brother George Linnegar.
“Visitors are most welcome at our services which exemplify church like it used to be”, says Churchwarden Trevor Butler. “At Midnight we light the final candle in the advent crown.”