Boar’s Head Pageant.

 

Considered to be one of the oldest enduring Christmas celebrations, The Boar’s Head Festival originated at Queen’s College in England in theBH03 mid-fourteenth century, around 1340. The celebration soon became a seasonal tradition as the pageant spread throughout England, being held primarily in the grand manor homes.

BH02The pageantry of the celebration included a church/worship service, as well as a feast including many traditional foods such as plum pudding, mince pie, and, of course, a Boar’s Head.

The Festival traveled to America with the early English colonists, and over the years, it has become an annual Christmas event in many churches across the country. Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, Ohio has been performing this celebration since 1940.

BH04BH01Although performances may vary as to which traditional Christmas Carols are used, the key symbolism of the Boar’s Head is the same.Because the boar was considered to be one of the fiercest, and meanest, beasts, the slaying of the boar came to symbolize the triumph and victory of the Christ Child over sin and death.

 

 

Make plans to experience a new way to celebrate the birth of Jesus!  Performance dates: Saturday, December 9th at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 10th at 4:00 p.m.

 

Reserved seating will be available at Oakland Presbyterian Church (a suggested donation of $10/ticket)

 

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