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. The Chapel Singers, the Trinity Choir, as well as student instrumentalists, lead the musical portions of the service. Readers are chosen from among the wider College community.
One Friend of the Chapel remarked that the 2010 Service of Lessons and Carols was the best he had experienced in thirty-one years at Trinity: “The singing was exquisite, with excellent intonation and with enthusiasm and conviction that was absolutely impressive. The service was beautifully balanced between readings and music, and the readers were magnificently prepared.”
Trinity’s Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols is held annually on the first Sunday in December at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Priscilla Hooper, assistant to the chaplain, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 2972126.
To view a video of the 2011 Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols, please click here.