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Service of Lessons and Carols
December 17, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
St. Andrew’s annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be held on Sunday, December 17, at 5 p.m. It is
patterned after the Christmas Eve service held in King’s College Chapel. The Festival was introduced in 1918 to
bring a more imaginative approach to worship. First broadcast in 1928, it is now broadcast to millions of people
around the world. The service has become a staple of Episcopal churches in the United States and has even
spread to other denominations. Readings are followed by carols and anthems from the choirs and carols sung by
As we have done for the past several years, we have invited individuals who play important roles in our
community to participate as guest readers.
This year’s guests include:
Ezra Nanes, State College Borough Mayor
Susan Marshall, Founding Member and Secretary of Centre LGBTQ+
Joyce Robinson, Assistant Director of the Palmer Museum of Art
Marisa Vicere, President and Founder of the Jana Marie Foundation
Rick Yoder, President of Episcopal at Penn State
And readers from the congregation are:
Sadie Wentzel, representing the choir
Sean McGarry, representing our youth members
Walter Wells, St. Andrew’s Music Director
In our own St. Andrew’s tradition, we will host a festive reception in Canterbury Hall following the service.
Everyone is welcome – please invite friends and family.