On Christmas Eve At 4:30 P.M., The Children Of The King’s Chapel Church School will perform the church’s annual production of “The Miracle of Christmas.” Beacon Hill resident, Wendy Franco Almquist, the composer, lyricist and creator of the pageant, returns for her 18th year as artistic director of the pageant. Approximately 20 children will participate in this year’s production, many of whom are residents of the neighborhood.
The pageant takes its title from the miracle of Christ’s birth, and the production itself is a wondrous event. The children perform all the roles and are encouraged to participate at a very early age – some start as infants in the role of the baby Jesus. Most of the songs are retained from year-to-year, and because the children have learned the songs cumulatively, only four rehearsals are needed. When you consider the demands of homework, exams and sports, combined with a hectic holiday season, the production itself is a miracle.
The pageant includes a brief family service, as well as sing-along favorites, such as “Hark Ye Herald, Angels Sing” and “Joy to the World.” There is a colorful array of costumes, including the littlest Christmas dove, the Three Wise Men, donkeys, sheep and a glowing star angel. Lovely angels of the annunciation serenade from the balconies, and a beautiful candlelight Silent Night concludes the program. The pageant is performed at King’s Chapel, located on the corner of Tremont and Beacon streets.
Everyone is welcome to attend and admission is free. Start time is 4:30 p.m. but don’t be late because there may not be room for you at the inn. For more information about the pageant, contact King’s Chapel at 617-227-2155.