A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols


Saturday, December 21 at 7:30 pm

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service celebrating the birth of Jesus, which is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings, interspersed with the singing of carols, anthems, and hymns.

Brich an, O schönes Morgenslicht (Christmas Oratorio) – Johann Sebastian Bach
Christ the Appletree – Stanford Scriven
Veni Redemptor Gentium (An Advent Processional) – Donald Pearson
This Little Babe – Benjamin Britten (Cathedral Choristers)
A Tender Shoot – Otto Goldschmidt
In the Bleak Midwinter – Harold Darke
Here is the Little Door – Herbert Howells
On this day, earth shall ring – H. C. Stewart
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich hier (BWV 700) – Johann Sebastian Bach

The Trinity Cathedral Choir
Canon David Link, Director of Music/organist & choirmaster
The Trinity Cathedral Choristers
Kamilyn Davis, Director of Choristers

The format was based on an Order drawn up by Edward White Benson (who became the Archbishop of Canterbury) for Christmas Eve 1880 in Truro, England, and has since been adapted and used by other churches all over the world. The best-known version is broadcast annually to millions of listeners around the world from King’s College, Cambridge, on Christmas Eve, featuring carols sung by the famous King’s College Choir.

A reception will follow the service in the Great Hall. There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be taken to benefit the Cathedral Music program and the River City Food Bank. Parking is available in the Sutter Parking Garage at 17th and N Streets ($5 flat rate on Saturdays) or on the street.Please join the Trinity Cathedral Choir and Choristers as we begin our Christmas celebration!


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