Advent Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 3, 2023, 4:00 PM
Music by Manz, Trenney, Bairstow, Howells, Chilcott and the premiere of a new work by JoEllen West.
Join in this service to prepare for and expect the coming of Christ. Typically carried out as a procession with lessons and carols – began in King’s College, Cambridge, England in 1918 – is now celebrated worldwide.
Each of the readings in some way foretells the coming of Christ. The readings alternate with choral anthems and congregational hymns, and each reading is preceded by one of the “Great O Antiphons” for Advent. The choir moves gradually from the back to front of the cathedral, and the nave changes from darkness to light over the course of the service.