Lessons & Carols

Traditionally sung at Kings College Cambridge on Christmas Eve, A Festival of Lessons and Carols traces the history of salvation. Beloved hymns, choral music, and readings take us from Adam's original sin in the book of Genesis, to the prophetic songs of Isaiah and people shrouded in darkness, and finally ushers us into the resplendent mystery of Christ's incarnation through the Gospel of Matthew.

This year's service includes the favorite congregational carols "Once in Royal David's city," "O come, O come Emmanuel," "A stable lamp is lighted," and "On this day, earth shall ring" while the choir sings pieces by Philip Ledger, Herbert Howells, Tomas Luis da Victoria, Anton Bruckner, and David Willcocks. The service opens with Roderick Williams' O Adoani, which invites us to join with our ancestors in calling for a savior in our time of darkness.

The service will be followed by a wine and cheese reception in the Christ Church Commons.