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Advent Lessons and Carols

Image of choirs singing by candlelight
Photo: Laurita Liles

Each year, the combined choirs of St. Paul's offer identical Advent Lessons and Carols services at 6:00pm on the first and second Sundays of Advent. The Lessons and Carols service consists of readings from the Bible telling of the promise of the Christ child, interspersed with choral pieces and congregational hymns. The program lasts approximately an hour, and is followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Come early to get a seat; the nave is often comfortably full by 5:45!

The 2015 services will take place on November 29 and December 6. Please note that the second service on December 6 will be filmed for international webcast by the Episcopal Church Communications Office, which is certainly an honor for our parish community. Please note that all who attend the service on December 6 may be included in camera shots of the congregation. Additionally, any latecomers will not be seated until midway through the service, due to logistical issues involved in filming. Choral selections include the following:

Matin Responsory – Philip Ledger (1934–2012)
Come, thou long–expected Jesus – Robert McCormick (b. 1978)
Jesus came, adored by angels – Robert Lehman (b. 1960)
People, look east – arr. Stephen Caracciolo (b. 1962)
Lord, thou hast been our refuge – Edward Bairstow (1874–1946)
A New Song – James MacMillan (b. 1959)
Ave Virgo sanctissima – Francisco Guerrero (1528–1599)
Seek him that maketh the seven stars – Jonathan Dove (b. 1959)
Vesper Responsory – Philip Ledger

Directions and parking information can be found here.

Below are two short clips of the 2013 Advent lessons and Carols service:

The Spirit of the Lord (from The Apostles) – Edward Elgar (1857—1934)

The seven joys of Mary – arr. William Whitehead (b. 1970)

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