The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service that tells the story beginning with Adam’s expulsion from the garden, to the promise of a Messiah, culminating in the birth of Jesus, and ending with the revelation of the mystery of the Incarnation. This story is told through the reading of passages from the Bible interspersed with the singing of carols.
The first Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was held in 1878 at Truro Cathedral in England on Christmas Eve. The service today is typically associated with King’s College, Cambridge which held the first service in 1918. The service has been held at King’s College, Cambridge every year on Christmas Eve since then. Today, many cathedrals in England and the United States hold the Festival during the Christmas season. The first Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in 2016.
Many of the carols will be sung by professional singers; however, the audience will be invited to lift their voice and sing along with certain carols.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is grateful to have the opportunity to present this gift of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols to our community.