Cathedral Announces Masked-and-Distanced Caroling ‘Medley’

Oh come all ye faithful, and even ye of little faith.

Caroling is one of the best parts of the Christmas season, but Covid has put a damper on the festivities this year. Singing in groups has led to disease outbreaks around the world.

One church will do its best however to hold a safe caroling event. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine at 112th Street at Amsterdam Avenue will hold a performance of “classic carols, spirituals, and motets” on the Cathedral’s front steps on Sunday, December 13 at 3 p.m.

Led by Kent Tritle, Director, Cathedral Music, the professional choir will present the Sunday concert as a gift to the people of New York City. Amplified from the steps of the Cathedral, the choir (masked and distanced, but in festive spirit) will sing Tomas Luis de Victoria’s beloved motet, “O magnum mysterium,” Jan Peterszoon Sweelinck’s “Hodie Christus Natus Est,” and a Christmas spiritual medley arranged by Joseph Jennings. Other carols of the season will fill out this 45 minute celebration of the season.

The West 111th Street Block Association will also be setting up Christmas lights nearby to keep everything festive.

Do you know of other caroling or holiday events? Let us know in the comments.

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