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Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Sun, December 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. At the beginning of this service, the lights are lowered and the people stand. The choir begins to sing Once in royal David’s city from the back of the nave. At the third verse, the congregation joins in singing and the choir and clergy process down the center aisle to the chancel. The Rector gives the Bidding and the congregation says the Lord’s Prayer and then the service beautifully proceeds in a format designed by Edward White Benson (who later became Archbishop of Canterbury) in which nine lessons are interspersed among twelve carols, motets and hymns. The lessons, which cover the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus, are read by nine representatives of our parish: a Chorister, a Member of the Sunday School, a Gentleman of the Choir, the Director of Music, the Headmaster of the Choir School, a Member of the Congregation, a Warden of the Parish, a Priest of the Parish, and finally the Rector. Following the singing of Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, the choir exits during the playing of the voluntary. There is no Holy Communion as part of this service. If you wish to make your Holy Communion today, please attend the 8am, 9am or 11am service.