Advent Lessons & Carols Audio - 2015

For over 100 years, a service of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols has been part of the Advent season in the lead up to Christmas. The service tells the story of the fall of humanity, looks forward to the coming of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus through nine short Bible readings beginning in Genesis, interspersed with the singing of congregational Christmas carols and hymns as well as choral music. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, the first service was held in the 1880's and so it is fitting that this service should be a part of St Peters and St Paul's preparations for Christmas since the church began as an Anglican church in the same decade as the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first conceived.

We hope that these lessons and carols help you as you prepare to celebrate Christmas, and we warmly welcome you to join us for our other services through the Christmas season or at any time during the rest of the year.

Piano/vocals: Kate Reinhardt

Guitar/vocals: Rachel Harrison

Choir Director: Lindsey Sikora.


Matin Responsory - I Look from Afar

Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth

Bidding Prayer - Rev. Jared Driscoll

First Lesson - Genesis 2:4-3, 24

Adam Lay Ybounden

Second Lesson - Jeremiah 31:31-34

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Third Lesson - Isaiah 40:1-11

On Jordon's Bank, the Baptist's Cry

Fourth Lesson - Micah 2:4

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Fifth Lesson - Jeremiah 23:5-6

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

Sixth Lesson - Isaiah 7:10-15

Magnificat (Luke 1 46-55)

Seventh Lesson - Zechariah 9:9-10

The Advent of Our King

Eighth Lesson - Romans 13:11-14

The Cherry Tree Carol

Ninth Lesson - Malachi 3:1-4

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

Collect, Blessing and Closing Prayers

Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending