Thursday, December 24
Space is limited for in-person attendance. Those wishing to join us in-person will need to register in advance and follow our safety guidelines.
Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly for this service. Doors and windows will be kept open to allow for air circulation.
In December 1918, a young priest, Eric Milner-White, had just returned from Europe, where he had served as a British Army chaplain in World War I. He had experienced firsthand the devastation his country had endured and was convinced that the Church of England needed a more imaginative liturgical response to the war.
As the newly appointed Dean of King’s College, Cambridge, he borrowed from an earlier liturgy, compiled by Bishop Benson of Truro in 1880, designed to tell the story of Christ’s birth, of how the “Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” Thus the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols was born at King’s College, where it has been sung on Christmas Eve ever since.
The Service of Lessons and Carols is the most popular service in Christ Church’s calendar. To open this service safely to as many people as possible, we will offer four services this year. They will be about 45 minutes long, and feature traditional carols and readings from the King James Bible.
We hope you will join us as we recount timeless story of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem. Invite your friends, and make this your Christmas gift to them.