The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
The Anglican tradition of performing the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols during the season of Advent dates back to the Victorian Era. In 1918, King’s College in Cambridge, England, began performing it each year on Christmas Eve. Since then, performances have become an Advent tradition throughout much of the Anglican Communion. The St. Paul’s production typically fills every pew.
The nine traditional readings begin with Genesis and end with the Gospel of Luke, following the story of the fall of man, the promise of a new covenant and the coming of a Messiah, and ending with the birth of Jesus Christ. Interspersed with the readings are traditional Christmas carols, hymns and choir music featuring the St. Paul’s Choir, the Junior and Senior Choristers, and a brass quintet.
Following the event, we invite everyone to join us for a reception in our Parish Hall.