2013 – Sixth Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols


“The Service of Lessons and Carols was first established in England – as the adaptation of an earlier service – on Christmas Eve, 1918, in the chapel of Kings College, Cambridge University. The service, which has as its focal point the coming of Christ, is characterized by a very simple pattern. It is ordered around Scripture readings that pertain to Christ’s coming, followed by songs (both choral and congregational) and prayers. Since its first use and subsequent spread throughout the world, the service has been adapted in many ways, ranging from a very simple service of readings and congregational songs to an elaborate production. Though usually a Christmas Eve service, this service may be used on any Advent Sunday.” The Complete Library of Christian Worship, v.5

Our church, Christ Covenant Church of Chicago, has adopted this form of service for its clear Biblical focus on the gospel of Christ: the first sin, the fall of man and God’s promise to send a Redeemer, His everlasting covenant with Abraham that all nations of the earth would be blessed in his Seed, the prophesies concerning the birth of Christ the Messiah through the prophets Isaiah and Micah, and the beautiful narratives of the incarnation and the birth of Christ from the gospels.

It is our prayer that you will be blessed by the reading of the Scriptures and prayers, the singing of Carols, the lighting of the Advent candles, and the music of Christmas. May God’s rich blessings be upon you and your loved ones in this very special season in which we remember in a very special way our Savior’s birth and His coming.

“You shall call His name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21