56th Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols

Hundreds Expected at Trinity for Cherished Hartford Holiday Tradition
What: The annual Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas celebrates its 56th year at Trinity College at the Trinity College Chapel on Sunday, December 7, over two identical services, one at 4 p.m. and a later service at 7 p.m.  The annual festival has ushered in the beginning of the holiday season for hundreds in the Greater Hartford community since 1958.  The public is again warmly invited to attend this free event.  Due to the anticipated crowds, early arrival is encouraged.  For those unable to attend, the event will be broadcast live at www.trincoll.edu/livevideo.
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When: Sunday, December 7, 2014
(4 and 7 p.m.)
 
Where: The Trinity College Chapel on the campus of Trinity College
300 Summit Street, Hartford, Conn., 06106
 
Background:
The Lessons and Carols service is one of Hartford’s oldest continuing traditions of celebrating the upcoming Christmas season, and will include music of the season offered by the Trinity College Chapel Singers (the oldest continuing student group on campus), the Trinity College Concert Choir, and acclaimed organist Christopher Houlihan ’09, artist-in-residence at Trinity College, under the direction of John Rose, college organist and director of chapel music.

The service, known as the Christmas Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, is a tradition followed by Anglican and other Christian churches worldwide. Trinity began conducting this service in 1958, following the Anglican ceremony established at Kings College in Cambridge, England in 1918.  In this service, the community hears and receives the story of “God with us” through nine passages of scripture along with carols and anthems of Christmas. Readers are chosen from among the wider College and Hartford community. For more on the annual event, or to tune in to the live webcast on the day of the services, click here. You can download the program here.

This service is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Megan O’Brien at (860) 297-2012 or by e-mail at Megan.Obrien@trincoll.edu