Medina church hosts ecumenical gathering

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 December 2014 at 12:00 am

‘Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols’ celebrated

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Readers and a choir with members from several churches in Albion, Lyndonville and Medina joined together on Saturday night for “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.”

In the top photo, The Rev. Dean Willich reads one of the nine lessons. Willich is pastor of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Medina.

About 200 people attended the ecumenical service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Medina.

Aaron Grabowski directs the choir in the balcony at St. Mary’s. About 20 people from several churches joined for the festival choir.

Robert Waters, a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Medina, serves as one of the readers at Saturday’s service.

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The Rev. Daniel Fawls, pastor of the Holy Family Roman Catholic Parish in Medina, joins the procession at the beginning of the service. There was a free will offering to benefit the charitable works at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Medina.

Photo by Tom Rivers

St. Mary’s hosted the service. The church has many stained-glass windows.