On Thursday, January 5th, at 7:30 p.m., St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church will host an evening of readings, poetry, and carols with Lee Smith and the St. Matthew’s Women’s Singing Circle. They will be joined by harpist, Ericka Patillo, from Chapel Hill.
In the liturgical calendar, January 6 is Epiphany, the end of the Christmas season, when the wise men completed their journey to see the baby Jesus. The Scotch-Irish pioneers who settled in the hills and hollows of the Appalachian Mountains carried on many Old World traditions that can be traced back hundreds of years. Mountain people knew the Day of Epiphany as “Old Christmas.” They regarded the Eve of Epiphany as a night when the Holy Spirit would be manifest upon the earth in many subtle ways.
Lee Smith, truly one of Hillsborough’s treasures and author of eleven acclaimed novels, will read her account of Old Christmas from her novel, Fair and Tender Ladies. These readings will be paired with carols, both old and new, sung by The St. Matthew’s Women’s Singing Circle. The St. Matthew’s Women’s Singing Circle is a group which meets monthly for Compline, a service of evening prayer, and a time of unaccompanied singing of traditional sacred music.
You are invited to be a part of Old Christmas, on the eve of Epiphany, for a remarkable evening of stories, memories, and songs.
The program will be followed by a reception. Tickets are $10 and can be bought through St. Matthew’s Parish Office or the Purple Crow Bookstore.