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Epiphany Celebration

Epiphany, the Twelfth Night of Christmas

Gloria Dei Presbyterian Church invites the community  to join with them in celebrating Epiphany on Sunday, Jamuary 8, 2012.  The celebration will include a Celtic Music Session, Celtic Vespers, a Feast and a program that includes a Mystery play, a Mummers play, a rapper Sword Dance and carol singing. 
The celebration begins at 4:00 PM with the music session.  All musicians of any instrument, including voice, are invited to come and share and learn tunes.  Tunes for this event include Bonnie George Campbell and Hyfrydol and Christ Child Lullaby.
The Vesper Service begins at 5:00 PM and  features prayers, readings and liturgies plus music from the Celtic heritage.
The Feast begins at 5:45 PM.  The menu includes Crown Pork Roast, other pork roasts, vegetarian Crown Roast, stuffing, vegetable pasties, bean soup, salads, assorted King's cakes and breads, non-alcoholic Wassail Punch, tea and coffee.
Reservations are needed by  4:00 PM on January 7, 2012. Cost for the Feast is a suggested donation of $10.00 per person.  All profits will go to support displaced persons through Theplace2B, King's Harvest Emergency Shelter and World Relief.
At 7:00 PM , a Mystery Play concerning the visit of the Magi to the newborn Jesus will be presented.  The text comes from the Mason's and Goldsmiths' play "Herod and the Magi"  A Mummer's play with Father Christmas, St. George, a dragon and a quack doctor will also be performed.  The evening concludes with a Rapper Sword Dance and a carol sing.
"The congregation embraces the broad traditions, both secular and religious, that keeps the celebration of Christ's birth and the manifestation of Jesus as the Messiah beyond the American culture practice of ending everything on December 25th."  said the Reverend Drew Nagle, Pastor of Gloria Dei Presbyterian. 
All but the meal is free and open to the public. 
Please call the church for more details and to make your reservation.

Gloria Dei Presbyterian Church
4200 12th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 788-8986