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Celebrate the triumph of Good over Evil
The BHYLF is a wonderful way to celebrate Epiphany and ring in the New Year. Beautiful music, costumes and pageantry make the festival a unique experience you don’t want to miss!
When & Where?
Performances are at 3:00pm and 5:00pm on Saturday, January 5 and Sunday, January 6 in our Sanctuary. 2720 S. University Dr, Fort Worth Texas, 76129
Choose Free or Reserved Seating
Limited reserved seating tickets are on sale now; $15 each. As always, there are hundreds of free seats available.
Boar's Head Feast
The Boar’s Head Guild is excited to announce a Boar’s Head Feast on Saturday, January 5. This addition to the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival is UCC’s unique twist on a traditional madrigal dinner. You are invited to attend this yuletide banquet of fine food, good cheer, and hearty merriment in Walker Hall following the 5:00pm Saturday performance.
Costumed actors will be your hosts as the revelry from the Sanctuary continues! Seasonal music will be provided by a vocal octet from the Chancel Choir and a Renaissance instrumental duo. Advance tickets are required. Pricing is determined by your desired proximity to the actors; the show and food per each price point is identical—$50, $40, $25 and $12 for 5th graders and under. Reserve your tickets online here or call 817-926-6631, Ext. 139.
History of the Festival
This celebration of the victory of good over evil is perhaps the oldest continuing festival of the Christmas season. It began as a holiday tradition in the grand manor houses of England, and was brought to America during colonial days. There's never a dull moment in this fast-moving presentation, which is loaded with beautiful imagery and wondrous surprises.
The pageant is based on an old legend, that of an Oxford student who kills a wild boar when it interrupts his studies. When the church adopted the Festival, it gained a new, Christian significance: the wild boar, symbolic of evil, is overcome by good through the teachings of Christ.
Marching companies, in beautiful authentic costumes of Renaissance England, sing the ancient songs of Christendom, as they carry in the gaily-bedecked head of the wild boar, which is conquered by the innocent goodness of the Christ Child. The triumph of light over darkness is made graphic in the Christ Candle through its light and through the carvings on the wooden candle-holder in our production.
The second part of the program features the original Christmas story, as shepherds and Wise Men travel to Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ Child. The traditional tableau--Mary, Joseph and the baby--is revealed as the climax, with the baby recently born to a member of our congregation playing the part of the infant Jesus. You can't experience the Christmas story quite like this anywhere else.
UCC members and an audience from far and wide have thrilled to the BHYLF story for over four decades. We have marveled at the detailed period costumes, the diverse cast that inspires awe and humor and the glorious mix of handbells, organ and orchestra that accompany the story of Jesus’ birth.