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Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols Service
December 24, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join the First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir and readers for a retelling of the Christmas story through word and music. Begun in 1880 at Truro Cathedral, the festival of Lessons & Carols (traditionally nine lessons) provides familiarity through readings that chronicle the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus. Music includes congregational singing of beloved carols, along with choral settings by Phillip Stopford, Otto Goldschmidt, David Willcocks, and others.
Our Christmas Eve service is both familiar and new, as there are changes in music and two of the readings each year, though the framework is very much time-honored. We put not only our past year in perspective, but put ourselves into the sweep of God’s providence in history. Candlelight itself carries ancient memories, and reveals us all to be Magi and shepherds seeking the embodiment of God’s love.