Patrick Henry College
To view live webcast, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, Dec. 1, go to Lessons & Carols
For a gallery of last year's Lessons and Carols, see below
Lessons and Carols, 2011
To accommodate anticipated larger audiences this year, the service will be held in the Hodel Center gymnasium, which will be sectioned off and adorned to provide an intimate, acoustically vibrant setting. Directed by PHC Music Director and Professor of Music Dr. Steven McCollum, the service will, as always, feature beautiful choral performances of Christmas classics by the PHC Chorale, interspersed with selected readings by members of the PHC administration and staff, as well as students.
The musical narrative begins with the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden and proceeds to describes God’s promise to Abraham while recounting the prophecies about Christ as told in Isaiah. Both the musical score and Scriptural readings lovingly detail the story of Christ’s birth as recalled in the Book of Luke, ending, finally, with the mystery of the “word made flesh” as explained in John chapter one.
Lessons and Carols has become a favorite Christmas service of congregations around the world. Over the course of the 20th century, the format has essentially become public domain and has been used in churches everywhere to commemorate the coming of the promised Savior. The Service originated at King’s College in England in 1918 in an effort to infuse more imaginative worship into the Church of England. It was adapted from a service begun in 1880 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, which used nine tiny lessons and nine carols on Christmas Eve.
The PHC service will also integrate carols sung by the congregation and will culminate with a candle lighting ceremony for audience members, allowing all to share “the true light, which enlightens every man…”
Admission is free to students with an ID. There will be a $5 per person charge for visitors, or $15 per family. All admission fees help support the PHC Music Program. For more information, call 540-441-8282. To view the webcast, go to our Lessons & Carols web-page at 7:00 p.m. ET, December 1, 2012.
For a gallery of last year's Lessons and Carols, please see below.