Advent Lessons and Carols

Advent Lessons and Carols
December 8, 2013 5:00 pm
December 8, 2013 6:00 pm
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Christ Church Cathedral

The Anglican tradition of Lessons and Carols celebrates the birth of Jesus through a series of nine Bible readings interspersed with carols and hymns of the holiday season. The Cathedral presents this festival annually during Advent, featuring traditional English carols and music performed by the Cathedral Choir. The service will take place Sunday, December 8, at 5 p.m. in the Cathedral.

The festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first introduced in 1918 at King’s College in Cambridge, England, where it is still held each year on Christmas Eve and broadcast around the world. In the United States, the service is a popular fixture of the Episcopal Church. The lessons tell the story of God’s loving purpose through the ages and look forward to the redemption brought by the child Jesus, who is welcomed with reverence and joy through music and song.

“Lessons and Carols is a great beginning to the season,” said the Rev. Canon Ed Stein. “It allows us to take a break from the holiday rush, listen to beautiful music and meditate on the meaning of Advent and Christmas.”

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