SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS
The annual Lessons and Carols Service led by the St. Mary’s Choir will be held on the FIRST Sunday in Advent, December 16, at 3:00 PM. This beautiful Anglican tradition is based on the world famous “Festival of Lessons and Carols” first celebrated in the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England one hundred and one years ago in 1918.
The service itself, based on a liturgical plan created by an Anglican bishop in Truro in 1880, involves a fixed sequence of scriptural readings that moves from the account of the fall in Genesis, through the old testament prophecies of the coming of Christ, to the Gospel accounts of the birth of Christ and of some of the persons involved, Mary, the Shepherds and the Wise Men, culminating in St. John’s unfolding of the great mystery of the Incarnation – how Christ came to us as God in the flesh. The progress of the biblical narrative is emphasized and interspersed by carols performed by the choir and hymns sung by all the service participants and attendees.
A reception following the service will be held in Turnbull Hall. All in attendance are encouraged to bring some finger food and/or a dessert to share. Child care will be provided.
Don’t miss this special hour of the season as we remember once again the magnificence of the Christmas story and celebrate Christ’s coming to earth to redeem and live among us!