Festival of Lessons and Carols


“Festival of Lessons and Carols” on Christmas Eve at St. Paul’s

The St. Paul’s Choir of Men and Boys sing at this relatively new tradition at St. Paul’s Church each year on Christmas Eve. The “Festival of Lessons and Carols” is a Christian service consisting of readings from the Old and New Testments interspersed with carols and hymns, and a beautiful way to enter into the Christmas story. We hope you had an opportunity to attend this year!  St. Paul’s Music Director John Robinson offers this reflection:

“For many people, Christmas begins with a lone boy’s voice singing ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ in the dark space of a great church, as we await the light of Christmas. First broadcast from King’s College Chapel (Cambridge, UK) in 1928, the now-famous ‘Service of Nine Lessons and Carols’ has become a staple for millions of listeners. St. Paul’s here in Harvard Square began this tradition in 2011, and since then this liturgy has gained in popularity every year. This is a great chance to pray and reflect with the beautiful music of Christmas, as the Choir of Men and Boys sings traditional Christmas carols and hymns.”