Lessons & Carols
DECEMBER 24, 2023 | 5:00 PM
you’re invited to celebrate the birth of christ
The Bible is the story of what God has done to save man from his sins, and the birth of Christ is the very heart and soul of that story. This is what we celebrate at our annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Our celebration of the incarnation of God the Son conveys this simple fact: “Christ came into the world to save sinners.” (1 Timothy 1:15) The selected Lessons (scripture readings) and the traditional Carols portray this truth with great clarity.
The Christmas season offers us many pleasures, but Jesus Christ our Savior is the only source of true joy at this and every time of the year. Join us in worshiping the King.
Historical Introduction to a Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Our annual service is adapted from The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, held annually for 100 years on Christmas Eve at King’s College, Cambridge.
The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was introduced to King’s College on Christmas Eve 1918 by Eric Milner-White to offer solace to people who were distressed, exhausted, injured and, in many cases, bereaved at the end of the First World War. The backbone of the service, the lessons and prayers, has remained virtually unchanged. The pattern and strength of the service derive from the lessons and not the music. As Milner-White explained: “The main theme is the development of the loving purpose of God…seen through the words of the Bible.”
Join us on Christmas Eve
The Festival of Lessons & Carols will begin at 5 PM on Christmas Eve, December 24. We meet at Applied Motion Systems: 1450 NE 138th Ave, Vancouver. Click the link below for directions.