Instead of presenting a Christmas concert in the days and weeks before Dec. 25, the music ministry of St. Anselm Parish, Tinton Falls, has chosen to uphold its six-year tradition and host a concert on Epiphany Sunday.
Such will be the scene again in St. Anselm Church on Jan. 6  when parish music minister Mike Zorner and his choir of 50 members will present a concert of Advent hymns and Christmas carols. The concert will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in the church located at 1028 Wayside Road, Tinton Falls.
&ldquo Our focus this year is on arrangements of traditional Advent and Christmas carols including the familiar &lsquo Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,&rsquo &lsquo O Little Town of Bethlehem&rsquo and &lsquo Silent Night&rsquo and will be sung along with some lesser-known carols such as &lsquo The Huron Carol,&rsquo &lsquo Sussex Carol&rsquo and &lsquo The Shepherd&rsquo s Carol,&rsquo &rdquo Zorner said. There will also be a few newer pieces such as Michael Card&rsquo s &ldquo Immanuel&rdquo and an arrangement of &ldquo Soon and Very Soon.&rdquo
The idea to host a concert on Epiphany Sunday, Zorner explained, started six years ago when he realized that as the number of choir members began to grow, so were the possibilities of enhancing the musical repertoire for Sunday Mass. Over the years, the choir has been singing anthems during the season of Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter in addition to the regular congregational hymns that are sung at Mass. The anthems are sung as a prelude while people are gathering, he said.
By choosing to present a concert on Epiphany Sunday rather than in December prior to Christmas, Dorner said, &ldquo In the Church, we know that the Christmas season begins on Christmas Day and goes through the Baptism of the Lord. Having our choir hold its concert on Epiphany allows us to continue to celebrate the Christmas season right up until its final days.&rdquo
Admission to the Jan. 6 concert is free but a freewill offering will be collected to benefit the music ministry.
For more information, contact Zorner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-439-4411.