Nine Night

What words do we share at a Nine Night service?

Who writes them?

Who says them?

Who hears them?

 

Nine Night, evolving from a Jamaican wake tradition, is a celebration held before the funeral.

In my experience as a minister in southeast London, Nine Night festivities usually include an open house with a party-celebration atmosphere, at which food and drink are plentiful.  Whenever possible it is held on the evening of the ninth day after a person has passed.  While the event is often held at the home of the deceased, it is common practice to hire a hall for the occasion.  If the deceased, or the family, has been connected to a worshipping community, the minister or another church representative will usually be invited to lead a time of worship and praise.

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