Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
4:00 pm High Altar


At Saint Thomas, we keep the propers for the Fourth Sunday of Advent at the 8am and 9am services. As such, the appointed collect and lessons follow the lectionary, and the sermon corresponds. Therefore, if you seek a traditional Fourth Sunday of Advent service, consider attending at 8am (said) or 9am (sung).

At 11am and 4pm, we offer Lessons and Carols. The 4pm service is the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and it does not include a Mass. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is repeated on Christmas Eve at 4pm.


We beseech thee, Almighty God, to purify our consciences by thy daily visitation, that when thy Son our Lord cometh he may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

Hymn: Once in royal David's city
Words: Cecil Frances Alexander

Works of: Britten, Robinson, Walford Davies, Willcocks, Archer, Rutter, Darke and M. Martin

Lesson 1: Genesis 3:8 - 15

Lesson 2: Genesis 22:15-18

Lesson 3: Isaiah 9:2 , 6 - 7

Lesson 4: Isaiah 11:1 - 9

Lesson 5: Luke 1:26 - 38

Lesson 6: Luke 2:1 - 7

Lesson 7: Luke 2:8 - 16

Lesson 8: Matthew 2:1 - 12

Lesson 9: John 1:1 - 14


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