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Lostwithiel Christmas Pageant

Every year for the past 25 years, the Cornish town of Lostwithiel has hosted what may be the last non-commercial carol singing event in the country, Lostwithiel Christmas Pageant. A turn-out of more than 200 people is not unusual for this event which is quite a substantial amount of people for a small Cornish town.

Lostwithiel Christmas Pageant

Every year for the past 25 years, the Cornish town of Lostwithiel has hosted what may be the last non-commercial carol singing event in the country, Lostwithiel Christmas Pageant. A turn-out of more than 200 people is not unusual for this event which is quite a substantial amount of people for a small Cornish town.

The event was originally devised by Rachel John, authoress of the Cornish Book of Saints and editor of the Penguin Dictionary of Saints. Initially it took place with the help of Lostwithiel Chamber of Commerce. Lostwithiel Christmas Pageant takes place on the third Saturday of every December.

A walking Tableau of biblical characters, in full costume set out from the Community Centre at 4.15 and process through the town of Lostwithiel, stopping at key points and singing Christmas Carols, with music played by the Lostwithiel Silver Band. A tasty, mulled drink is provided en route and there is bread and soup at the Community Centre after the pageant. The Pageant is organised and run by local people in a voluntary capacity. Regular characters include:

 

REGULAR CHARACTERS IN LOSTWITHIEL PAGEANT
Mary St. John the Baptist Queen Esther
Joseph St. Anne Miriam
Baby Jesus Several shepherds Jessica
Several angels Gold King St. Petroc
St. Gabriel Frankincense King St. Piran
St. Raphael Myrrh King St. Bernadette
St. Michael Several pages St. Antony
Elisabeth Big Star St. Nicholas
Zachary Small star St. Jeanne Jugan
A lamb A Donkey Lady Arundel
SOME OF THE COSTUMES FROM LOSTWITHIEL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
3 kINGS AND 2 OF THEIR PAGES
bIG sTAR AND aNGELS
sHEPHERDS
Angels with St Anthony
Group of characters
St NicholasJoseph and Mary

This is not a religious event as such and is completely non-denominational, mixing people from different faiths. There is no shaking of money boxes or begging for donations at doorsteps. In all it is a real celebration of local community and the Christmas spirit. The carols are Christmas classics.

Click the image opposite to download a free PDF of these carols that you can print and fold into an A5 booklet for your own carol singing. If you click it with your left mouse button it will open in a new window. If you right click you can 'save as' to your computer for later printing.

Print the first page and turn the paper over and print the second page on the other side, similarly with the other six sheets. Then order your booklet pages - the page numbers are printed on each page.

Fold and Sing !

All the best for Christmas!

simonthescribe

FREE CHRISTMAS CAROL BOOKLET: Please feel free to download this 1.5 meg, print-ready booklet of Carols from Lostwithiel Christmas Pageant by 'right click' and save as...

Posted Nov 18, 2009   
 
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