The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Christmas Lessons and Carols 2017

The Cathedral Schola will lead our annual Festival of Nine Christmas Lessons and Carols by Candlelight on Sunday, December 17 at 4 p.m. Biblical readings narrating the prophecy and birth of Jesus are illuminated by congregational carols and choral music of the Christmas season.

Our festival is modeled on the famous worship service at King’s College, Cambridge, which has become popular worldwide since World War II through annual radio broadcasts on Christmas Eve. Whether you best sense the Eternal through beautiful choral music or popular carols sung by all, this service holds something for everyone.

Amid the frenetic pace of the Christmas season, this is a perfect opportunity to take a few moments to step back to contemplate and enjoy its real meaning.

The service will also be broadcast online here

“Once in royal David’s city” (Irby)
Elizabeth Poston, Jesus Christ the apple tree
Eric Whitacre, Lux arumque
Herbert Howells, A Spotless Rose
“Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming” (Es ist ein Ros entsprungen)
Charles Beaudrot, Comfort, comfort ye my people
arr. Stephen Cleobury, Joys Seven
“Ye who claim the faith of Jesus” (Julion)
Harold Darke, In the bleak midwinter
arr. Paul Halley, What Child is this
Peter Warlock, Bethlehem Down
arr. Dale Adelmann, Of the Father’s love begotten (Divinum mysterium)
arr. Gustav Holst, Christmas Day (Choral Fantasy on Christmas Carols)
“Angels we have heard on high” (Gloria)