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Anglo-Finnish Society

Tuesday 12 December
Christmas Lunch at Lisa's Kitchen and Bar
with a typical Swedish Christmas buffet or Julbord: different kinds of herring, bread and cheese, liver pate, sausages, ribs, meatballs, gravad lax, Janson's temptation, beetroot salad etc plus some sweet items.
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Popular Swedish service returns to York Minster
Sankta Lucia – Festival of Light

A traditional Swedish service celebrating the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter will take place at York Minster on Friday (8 December).

Now in its fifth year, the atmospheric Sankta Lucia service features a candlelit procession and carols for all the family in celebration of St Lucy, a young Sicilian girl who was martyred for her Christian faith in the early fourth century.

The service, which is run in partnership with York Anglo-Scandinavian Society (YASS), includes a procession of choristers led by a girl wearing a crown of candles and is followed by traditional Swedish carols and songs. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom.

“We’re now in our fifth year of holding the Sankta Lucia service which has proved hugely popular with residents and visitors alike, attracting around 1,000 people last year,” explains Canon Peter Moger, Precentor at York Minster.

“The service has many similarities to our own Advent Procession, with candlelight being used to light the cathedral during the procession, symbolising the bringer of light during the darkness of winter.”

Eva Robards, of YASS, said: “Lucia has a special place in the hearts of the Swedish people. The customary day to celebrate is 13 December – the shortest day of the year before the calendar reform.

“On this day, or a day nearby, Lucia and her attendants spread light to almost every home, school, church and office. With the strong historic and cultural links between Yorkshire and Scandinavia, there is good reason for the Lucia tradition to have been introduced in York.”

This year, the London Nordic Choir directed by Carina Einarson will form the procession and sing the traditional Swedish carols and songs.

The service will also include a Swedish story about how the robin got his red breast, written by Swedish novelist and Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, and read by YASS member Dr Brita Green.
‘Sankta Lucia - Festival of Light’ starts at 7.30pm on Friday 8 December, with doors opening at 7pm. Admission to the service, which lasts around 60 minutes, is free and no booking is required. There will be a collection during the service.

About the London Nordic Choir (LNC):

LNC is an independent choir based in Marylebone. Founded in 2016 by Director of Music Carina Einarson, the choir with 25 members aims to unite those with a passion for choral singing and to capture and promote the unique sound of the traditional Nordic choral works. The choir’s repertoire aims to highlight Nordic composers, but also encompasses a wide range of other music.

Conductor Carina Einarson – now Choir Director at St Paul’s Church, Marylebone – was the Director of Music in the Swedish Church in London from 2011 to 2016. Before that she worked in education in Sweden, teaching choral singing and conducting to young musicians.

Soloist Mia Karlsson, soprano, works across Europe. She has played leading roles in musical theatre shows in Scandinavia, such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The King and I, The Sound of Music and Beauty and the Beast. She also sings in concerts in churches, and teaches singing.
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Minami OkamotoThere was a Sanlta Lucia service at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo

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