A Holly-Wood Christmas
Time & Location
St. Mary's Annual Christmas Lessons and Carols service is one of the favorite services in the parish community.
It is a service, held once annually, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Readings, or Lessons, are pulled from throughout the Bible, beginning with Lessons from Genesis about the Fall from Grace, continuing with Prophetic Lessons that tell us about the promise of the Messiah, and ending with the Gospel announcements of Jesus' birth. This order of services also includes Christmas hymns and choir pieces, making up the "Carols" part of the service, after each Lesson.
This tradition began as a simple service that the choir of Truro Cathedral would present in the 1880s, a regular custom of singing carols at the homes of the congregation members. After some time, the tradition changed into a church service, with the Lesson/Carol/Lesson, etc, form that we know today. Formalized by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1880, the Lessons and Carols service has been adapted and used by many churches all over the world, including in our parish.
We hope you will join us this year for A Holly-Wood Christmas and hear the Bible's Lessons and the Carols that the choir has prepared for the service.