Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
While some may be out to end a “war on Christmas” and others are trying to put “Christ” back in Christmas, Ascension is once again keeping Advent in this holiday season with its 33rd annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. This year’s feast of music and readings will be Sunday, December 10, beginning with organ prelude at 5:00 p.m. and service at 5:30 p.m. Special guest musicians are Kathrine Handford, organ; Robert Doer, trumpet; and Merilee Klemp, oboe.
Patterned on the famous service begun in England and made famous by King’s College, Cambridge, Ascension’s Nine Lessons & Carols includes a variety of contemporary and traditional choral pieces interspersed with scripture readings.
Advent, the four-week season leading up to Christmas, has been marked by Christians since the fourth century. It’s themes – waiting, darkness, silence – all mirror the seasonal changes of December as the northern hemisphere descends to winter and the longest night of the solstice. Whether you celebrate Christmas only as a cultural holiday or are drawn to its spiritual meanings, Ascension’s Nine Lessons & Carols will awaken for you God’s deep promise and hope of this season.