A Service of Lessons & Carols

Thursday, December 8, 2022

4:40 p.m., St. Mary’s Chapel, Nashotah House

Join us for our annual Lessons & Carols service. Based on the original Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols intended for Christmas, we anticipate the coming of Our Lord in Advent hymns, anthems, readings, and prayers in St. Mary’s Chapel. The Nashotah Choral Scholars, our organ, and the whole community come together to create an inspired liturgy of words and song. The music is drawn from over a thousand years of melodies from chanted plainsong to well-known hymns and new 21st century compositions by Andrew Smith, John Scott, and Dr. Geoffrey Williams. Beginning at 4:40 p.m., the prelude from Organist-in-Residence Dr. Thomas Heidenreich will survey 450 years of music in 15 minutes from Buxtehude, Bach, and Dupre to 21st-century pieces by Adolphus Hailstork, Craig Phillips, and James Vivian. 


Can't join us in person?

This year's Lessons & Carols service will be available via livestream, beginning at 4:45 p.m. on Dec. 8. Click the link below to watch the service live.


Order of Service