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A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols will be held in the Sanctuary at both the 8:30 am and 11:00 am services.

In 1880, E.W. Benson, then Anglican Bishop of Truro, England, composed a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, based on ancient sources, for Christmas Eve. In 1918, it was adapted for the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, by its Dean, Eric Milner-White, who also wrote The Bidding Prayer. The Blessing after the Lord’s Prayer, added by Milner-White, was first included in its present form in 1930. The Nine Lessons given this morning have been customarily used in recent years at King’s College, Cambridge. The scripture lessons lead followers of Christ from the fall of mankind to mankind’s ultimate salvation through Christ. Each carol is chosen to illuminate the scripture lesson that precedes it.