Nine Lessons and Carols

Nine Lessons and Carols

On Sunday, December 23, at 5:00 p.m. in the nave, St. Paul’s will present its eleventh annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The service was inspired by the Christmas Eve service of the same name held in King’s College Chapel in Cambridge and includes carols and readings from the Bible.

This year, to observe the 100th anniversary of the King’s College service, St. Paul’s service will include carols from the first service 1918.

The opening carol is always “Once in Royal David’s City.” At St. Paul’s, the readers of the nine lessons have traditionally included community leaders and leaders from within the parish. The carols will be sung by the St. Paul’s choirs.

  • “Once in royal David’s City” (Irby)
  • Up, Good Christian Folk (R.G. Woodward)
  • Adam lay ybounden (Boris Ord)
  • As Up the Wood (Martin Shaw)
  • A Great and Mighty Wonder (Michael Praetorius)
  • A Virgin Most Pure (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • “O little town of Bethlehem” (Forest Green)
  • Blessed be that Maid Marie (Trad./Charles Wood)
  • In dulci jubilo (Robert Lucas Pearsall)
  • O Night, Peaceful and Blest! (Normandy Carol)
  • Childing of a Maiden Bright (10th century Spanish hymn)
  • “While Shepherds watched their flocks”  (Winchester Old)
  • The Three Kings (Peter Cornelius)
  • “Of the Father’s love begotten” (Divinum mysterium)
  • The Lamb (Sir John Tavener)
  • Hark,the herald angels sing (Felix Mendelssohn)