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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 2014 services will take place on November 30 and December 7. Choral selections included the following:

Matin Responsory – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525—1594)
What is the crying at Jordan? – Philip Moore (b. 1943)
Never weather-beaten sail – Gareth Treseder (b. 1985)
Jesus Christ the apple tree – Stanford Scriven (b. 1988)
Be strong and of a good courage – Harold Darke (1888—1976)
Hosanna to the Son of David – Orlando Gibbons (1583—1625)
Ave Maria – Anton Bruckner (1824—1896)
Judge eternal – Gerre Hancock (1934—2012)
Vesper Responsory – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

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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