Advent Lessons & Carols 2018 - Audio

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 conceive

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.             

  • Choir Director: Lindsey Sikora
  • Piano/vocals: Kate Reinhardt
  • Guitar/vocals: Rachel Harrison


Matin Responsory - I Look from Afar

Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth

Welcome - Reverend Canon Brent Stiller

First Lesson - Genesis 2:4-3, 24

Adam Lay Ybounden

Second Lesson - Jeremiah 31:31-34

O Come Divine Messiah

Third Lesson - Isaiah 40:1-11

On Jordon's Bank, the Baptist's Cry

Fourth Lesson - Micah 5:2-4

Veni Veni, Emanuel

Fifth Lesson - Jeremiah 23:5-6

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

Sixth Lesson - Isaiah 7:10-15

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Seventh Lesson - Zechariah 9:9-10

Welcome God's and Mary's Son

Eighth Lesson - Romans 13:11-14

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Ninth Lesson (Luke 1:26-38)

Gabriel's Message

Collect and Blessing

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending