On Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., the choirs of St. Mary will present a service of Advent Lessons and Carols as part of the St. Mary Concert Art Series. In addition to the readings and music presented by the choirs, there will an opportunity for the congregation to participate in singing carols of the Advent Season.
The tradition of the Festival of Lessons and Carols was established in England as the adaptation of an earlier service on Christmas Eve, 1918, in the chapel of Kings College, Cambridge University, for the university community and for the city of Cambridge. The Kings College service was first broadcast by radio in 1928; and, excepting the year 1930, these broadcasts have continued to this day. This wonderful tradition, moreover, has been duplicated in cathedrals and churches throughout America.
It is my hope that all who can will attend this beautiful and most spiritual service of the season.