Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue

Webcast & New York, NY
Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. EDT
Event Title
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue
When does it start?
12/24/2019 @ 4 p.m. EDT
When does it end?
12/24/2019 @ 5 p.m. EDT
What kind of event is it?
Webcast and Service
Event Details

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue, New York, New York

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is one of the pivotal and most popular choral services of the year. For many, it marks the beginning of Christmas. The service follows a format designed by Edward White Benson, who later became Archbishop of Canterbury, in which nine lessons are interspersed among 12 carols, motets and hymns. The lessons – which cover the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus – will be read by nine representatives of the Saint Thomas parish: a chorister, a member of the Sunday School, a gentleman of the choir, the director of music, the headmaster of the choir school, a member of the congregation, a warden of the parish, a priest of the parish, and finally the rector.

Saint Thomas is the only Episcopal church in the United States that operates a boarding school for its choristers. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Saint Thomas Choir School. The Choir of Saint Thomas is steeped in the Anglican choral tradition, offering at least five sung services a week, including weekday Choral Evensongs.

Available on both the Episcopal Church website and the Episcopal Church Facebook
 at 4 p.m. EST, this program makes Christmas Eve worship accessible to those not attending a service or program at a local church.

If you would like to attend this Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in person, the service begins at 4 p.m. at Saint Thomas Church, located at the corner of 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan in New York.

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