ARLINGTON - St. James' Episcopal Church will be offering a special service of Evensong with Advent Lessons and Carols on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m.

"Advent," from the Latin word "adventus" meaning "coming," is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus Christ. It is also the beginning of the liturgical year for Episcopalians and other Christian denominations.

On Saturday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. there will be a special service of Evensong with Advent Lessons and Carols. This is a quiet, reflective service of readings and traditional Advent carols. The music and readings reflect the message of expectation and hope that characterize the season of Advent and anticipate the miracle of the birth of Christ. Before and after the service, visitors will be able to enjoy the 2012 exhibition of "Los Nacimientos," a display of more than 50 Nativity scenes reflecting the art and culture of Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Peru, Ecuador, Canada (Inuit and Anglo), England, Italy, China, Portugal, Germany, Poland, the United States and even the Vatican. The Nativities are made from papier maché, ceramic, straw, bamboo, stained glass and many other interesting materials. All are welcome. There is no charge for admission. Printed guides to the Service and to the exhibition are available.

This is a special opportunity to take a moment out of the hustle and bustle of the season to enjoy a beautiful reflective service of quiet anticipation of the birth of the Savior and the true meaning of Christmas. All are welcome.

For additional information about this event or any other services at St. James' Episcopal Church, contact the St. James Parish Office at 802 375-9952; send an e-mail to stjamesparishoffice@gmail.com or visit the website at www.stjamearlingtonvt.org.