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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 2016 services will take place on November 27 and December 4. Choral selections include the following:

Matin Responsory — John Bradford Bohl (b. 1981)
The best of rooms — Gerald Near (b. 1942)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence — David Briggs (b. 1962)
Comfort, comfort ye my people — arr. Goudimel (1510-1572)
Strengthen ye the weak hands — William H. Harris (1883-1973)
A Song of Peace — Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
There is no rose — Stephen Caracciolo (b. 1962)
The Lord will surely come — Gerre Hancock (1934-2012) We wait for thy loving kindness, O Lord — William McKie (1901-1984)

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)

The Episcopal Church of the USA produced a video of our December 6, 2015 Advent Lessons & Carols Service:

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