Lessons & Carols
“Once in royal David’s city, Stood a lowly cattle shed
Where a Mother laid her baby In a manger for his bed;
Mary was that Mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.”
We invite you to join us for a special service in the style of King’s College, Cambridge, including favorite festive carols and choral selections.
Light refreshments and warm beverages to follow.
All services held at Christ Church NYC
111 East 87th Street
Between Park and Lexington Avenues
What are Lessons and Carols?
The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a special service celebrating the birth of Jesus that is traditionally followed at Christmas. It is one of the many events surrounding the season of Advent in the liturgical Church calendar.
Through specially selected music and traditional scripture readings, the service spotlights essential events in the Christian narrative: The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus. The nine short readings—or “lessons”—come from Genesis, the prophetic books, and the Gospels, and are interspersed with Christmas carols, hymns, and choir music.
The annual service of Lessons and Carols at King’s College in Cambridge has popularized the service, ever since its first debut in 1918. Since then, it has spread and become a traditional Holiday favorite all over the world. Our own service follows the traditional style of King’s College, with a few selections from Handel’s Messiah and other choral favorites. It is truly a delight for the whole family. We invite you to join us!