The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols was envisioned in 1880 by the Bishop of Truro, Edward Benson. During that year, the service was presented in a wooden building while Truro Cathedral was being built. From this humble beginning, the popularity of the service travelled far throughout England and became an important part of celebrating Christmas.
In 1918, the service was first presented at King’s College, Cambridge and is now broadcast internationally from King’s on Christmas Eve each year. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings with interspersed Christmas carols. This year at St. Peter’s Church, we will present a virtual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols on the First Sunday after Christmas, December 27. You’re invited to join the festivities and raise your voice as we celebrate Christ’s birth!
The service will be broadcast on St. Peter’s YouTube channel.