100th Annual Service of Lessons and Carols

Brown's 100th Annual Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 4 p.m.
Sayles Hall

Lessons and Carols is an ancient form of corporate worship during the Christmas season. A series of lessons rehearses Israel’s story of exile, God’s judgment and promise to the people of Israel, and Christ’s birth and our response to this divine activity for God’s people. The choral music and congregational hymns supplement the Biblical text and readings.

The service was revived for modern use at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall during the late 19th century and was made world famous through the broadcasts and recordings of Kings College Choir, Cambridge, during the mid-20th century. It is now widely used in schools, colleges, and churches around the world.

This service is an annual tradition—now in its 100th year—for Brown University and its friends. The readers of the lessons broadly represent our University community. The congregation is asked to join heartily in the singing of the hymns and to enter reverently into the spirit of the service.