St. Mark’s Lessons and Carols this Sunday

Above: Last year, St. Mark’s School’s Choir, led by Music Director James Wallace, performed several religious carols for the congregation including Song of Peace and Ave Maria. (Photo from St. Mark’s website)

This Sunday, December 7, St. Mark’s is inviting the community to its annual religious celebration of the season.

The Service of Lessons & Carols takes place in Belmont Chapel.

Last year, the school explained the tradition on its website:

The Festival of Lessons & Carols is a service that date backs to 1880 in the Anglican communion, and it became a fixture in the Episcopal Church in the early 20th century. At St. Mark’s, a service of Lessons & Carols was first presented seventy years ago, and the tradition continues to this day.

The service includes readings by St. Mark’s School students and community members. Carols are performed by the School Choir and Orchestra.

The congregation also joins in to sing several hymns. (Last year’s selections included O Little Town of Bethlehem; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; What Child Is This? and O Come, All Ye Faithful.)

The services runs from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. But get there early.

Chapel doors will open at 4:30 pm. It is a popular, “first come-first served” event and seating is limited.

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