The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields is an Episcopal parish in the Diocese of Pennsylvania that is centered on the worship of God, the ministry of all baptized persons, and the call to be agents of Christ’s love in the world.
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Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
8000 St. Martin’s Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19118

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I can listen to a huge congregation sing and accompany them on our wonderful organ …

Ken Lovett

Ken Lovett has been director of music and organist of St. Martin’s since 1986. Here he describes a Christmas moment that particularly stands out for him in his ministry.

I have many favorite Christmas carols, but my absolute Christmas favorite experience involves a particular moment. The moment happens to occur during the singing of a carol, Adeste Fidelis – Oh, Come All Ye Faithful – when we sing it as the opening hymn of the last service on Christmas Eve.

I think most organists would agree with me that one of the greatest joys of our ministry is accompanying the congregation in singing hymns, especially when the church is full and everyone is singing a well-known hymn.

So on Christmas Eve about 11:03 p.m., with all the church beautifully decorated, with the music prepared and the choirs rehearsed, I can listen to a huge congregation sing and accompany them on our wonderful organ while we’re all singing together, “O Come all ye faith Oh, come ye to Bethlehem.”

And at the moment, I really enjoy Christmas.