Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

L-&-C-Logo-2017Witnessing Light in the Darkness

For many Episcopal churches, Lessons & Carols has become the pinnacle carol service. Many people feel a strong emotional attachment to the phrases from the 1611 King James Bible, so rarely offered nowadays.  At The Redeemer, our service mirrors that which is traditionally offered at King’s College, Cambridge. The core of the service is focused around nine readings, beginning with the creation of Man; the fall from grace; the promise foretold of Christ’s coming; the Annunciation, and the birth of Jesus.

It was Dean Eric Milner-White who first planned the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols at King’s in 1918. White remarked that “the pattern and strength of the service is derived from the lessons and not the music.....the main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God seen through the windows and words of the Bible.”

Over the past nine seasons at The Redeemer, our Lessons and Carols service has evolved, musically speaking.  This shift in style is partially a response to world events, yet the service  retains the celebration of the “loving purposes of God.” 

In sharp contrast to the over-played “tinsel tunes” of the season, the music of Lessons & Carols returns us to a place of awe and wonder at the mystery of the Incarnation.

No other service begins with the voice of a child narrating, through song, the story of Christ’s birth, and we are then invited to join the narrative as witnesses. We are led to greater awareness and profound engagement, as Christ’s coming brings Light to the world’s darkness.

This season, please make time to have time. Take the opportunity to quiet the external noise that stifles wonder, and experience the beauty of The Redeemer in the season of joy, Sunday, December 10, at 7pm.

While there is no admission charge, all proceeds from the free-will offering collected at Lessons & Carols go to the Margaret Orr Memorial Choral Scholarship Fund.  Established in 2012 by the family and friends of long-time chorister Margaret Orr, this scholarship aids Redeemer choristers with financial needs, enabling them to benefit from our musical outreach and learning activities.

Last Published: November 30, 2017 11:28 AM