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Overview Light to the Darkness is a fresh interpretation of the well-loved Advent traditionof Lessons and Carols. Replacing the usual scriptural readings from the Old and New Testaments are first-person dramatic monologues based on these and other passages of scripture. Special emphasis is given to the role of the prophets, pointing the way to the Messiah and offering guidance to the Hebrew people, while providing very contemporary guidance for the 21st-century. With a reading for each day of Advent, churches can choose pieces for their services of Lessons and Carols, while individuals can use the book for private devotions. Suggested music for these services is also included, encompassing a broad range of selections to accommodate parishes? needs and abilities.
Publishers Description Light to the Darkness is a fresh interpretation of the well-loved Advent tradition of Lessons and Carols. Replacing the usual scriptural readings from the old and new testaments will be first-person dramatic monologues based on these, and other, passages of scripture. Special emphasis will be given to the role of the prophets not only in pointing the way to the Messiah and in offering guidance to the Hebrew people, but in offering very contemporary guidance in the 21st century. With a reading for each day of Advent, churches can choose pieces for their own services of Lessons and Carols, while individuals can use the book for their own private devotions. Suggestions for music for these services will also be included; these will encompass a broad range music to accommodate parishes' musical needs and abilities."
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Studio: Morehouse Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2008
Publisher Morehouse Publishing
ISBN 0819223174 ISBN13 9780819223173
Availability 0 units.
More About Katerina Whitley
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, Katerina Whitley now lives in Boone, NC. She is a retreat leader, dramatist, and author of 6 books in print. Her passion is to lead others to read the Bible with new eyes and with the excitement of discovering and meeting new friends.
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Masterful & meaningful Feb 1, 2010
A few years ago my wife and I used Katerina Whitley's book, "Walking the Way of Sorrows," for a Sunday School class during Lent; it was extraordinarily insightful and beautiful. So when "Light to the Darkness" came out a couple of years ago, we jumped on it immediately for our congregation to use instead of the traditional Lessons & Carols. We followed her directions to a T, asking our best readers to prepare and wear at least partial costumes of the characters they were portraying. We staged this in our sanctuary on a Sunday morning and had the readers read from various focal points... at the pulpit (Old Testament characters), at the lectern and (wearing portable microphones) from various spots in the nave. Our rector and his wife took the part of Zachariah and Elizabeth; a couple in their 80s read Isaiah and his wife; a high school boy read the Shepherd. Musical interludes were chosen between the readings to enhance the content. The results were not just well received, they were magnificent.
THIS year, we were privileged to have Katerina come and take part, reading the character of Eve! This year's "production" surpassed the first year. Katerina's writing is clear, meaningful and poignant. She gets to the heart of each character in a way few have previously considered. One congregant came up afterward and said, "Thank you. At last I understand Abraham! I finally get it!"
"Light to the Darkness: Lessons and Carols" is a new, easy and powerful way to convey complex Biblical truths to your congregation. Our church, Grace Episcopal Church in Morganton, N.C., purchased copies of the book for each character. We wanted each reader not only to study his/her "part," but to read Katerina's supplemental commentary, in order for each person to understand his/her character better. We will have a waiting list of folks wishing to read when we do this again... and we will.
This book is a gift to the Church.
A fresh look at Advent:lessons and carols and more Oct 10, 2009
If the frost is on the pumpkin, can Advent be far behind? This wonderful book of Katerina Whitley's is just the ticket for a church planner, or anyone, looking for a fresh way to make a routine "Lessons and Carols" service come alive. In part I, she furnishes dramatic stories, complete with appropriate musical selections. Part II contains reflections on "Words of Promise" written in her beautiful, personal style which gives ancient Biblical stories a flesh and blood reality. Any meaningful pursuit of a spiritual preparation for Christmas will be enriched by this book.
Bringing light to the liturgy of Lessons & Carols Jan 5, 2009
If this is your first foray into the adventure of Katerina Whitley's imaginative writing, know that there is much joy awaiting you. If you have read her other collections you will be glad to know that there is more to come.
On Jan. 4 2009, the parish where I work (St. Andrew's Episcopal in Louisville, KY) held a service of Lessons and Carols using the most recent book by Katerina Whitley, "Light to the Darkness." It was a wonderful liturgical experience.
Every person I spoke to after the service commented on how the familiar stories came alive through Katerina Whitley's creative power, and how moved they were by experiencing the biblical characters as real people. Our music director, an accomplished actor, read the part of the Shepherd. In the Shepherd's voice he told of the wonderment and joy at shepherds, smelly and unappreciated, being the "honored guests" the first people invited to witness the newborn Messiah, and his voice broke. He told me after the service that he suddenly realized that "they are us - the ordinary people all around - we have all been invited to see the Messiah," and all his actors training could not keep the tears out of his eyes and voice. Such is the power of Whitley's writing.
Read this book for your own enlightenment or use it in a study group. It would make an excellent summer program to help teens or adults get deep learning about the Christmas story without any of the social pressures that make December such an unspiritual time for most of us. Choose from among the readings for your church's Lessons and Carols next year or use the narrative as an addition to your Christmas Pageant. However you use this book, it will expand your understanding of the Christian story.