Festival of Lessons & Carols


Second Presbyterian Church, 8th and Waller Streets, will again celebrate the Christmas Season with the traditional “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” on Tuesday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

The traditional service, which alternates readings from the Holy Scriptures with carols and anthems of the season sung by the Chancel Choir, will be led by Dr. Stanley Workman, Second Presbyterian Church Director of Music, with lay readers from the church’s congregation and members of the community.

The Chancel Choir will be accompanied by a full orchestra made up of regional orchestral musicians, as well as many local instrumentalists. Matt Bickett will serve as organist. Numbering more than 75 participants, the choir and orchestra will perform the glorious carol settings of Barlow Bradford, Stephen Paulus, John Gardner, Stephen Paulus, John Rutter, Mack Wilberg and David Willcocks, all set against a magnificent backdrop of the church’s beautifully decorated sanctuary.

The public is cordially invited to the traditional sacred service, based upon the original yearly presentation from King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, which brings the message of Christmas through scripture illuminated by seasonal music. Everyone is welcome to attend; a freewill offering will be taken.

The now traditional service was first held on Christmas Eve, 1918, a King’s College Chapel. Almost immediately other churches adapted the service for their own use. A wider audience began to grow when the service was first broadcast in 1928. With

the exception of 1930, it has been broadcast annually, even during World War II. It is estimated that there are millions of listeners worldwide.

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