Festival of Lessons and Carols
December 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
St. Andrew’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is patterned after the Christmas Eve service held in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. The King’s College Festival was introduced in 1918 and was first broadcast in 1928. It is now broadcast to millions of people around the world and has become a staple of Episcopal churches in the United States. In the service, readings are followed by carols and anthems from the Youth and Adult choirs and carols sung by the congregation. This year, in keeping with the King’s College Chapel tradition, we have invited readers prominent for their contributions in various aspects of our State College Community to participate in the service. Music includes works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Morten Lauridsen, Judith Koontz, Daniel Kantor, John Horman, Ian Higginson, Charles Wood, and Boris Ord.
Child care is available in the nursery during the service.
Following our own St. Andrew’s tradition, Parish Life will host a festive reception for all in Canterbury Hall following the service. This is usually our biggest, most beloved party of the year, so be sure you are a part of it! You can contribute by donating food or money for the reception, or by signing up to set up or clean up. Sign up below if you can help.