Festival of Lessons and Carols

Offered annually at Trinity Cathedral since 2007, this service comprising scripture and song is made famous by the annual broadcast from King's College in Cambridge, UK. Nine short readings (lessons), read by students from our church schools throughout the Diocese, are interspersed with traditional festive choral music, sung by Florida Singing Sons and the Anglican Chorale of Southeast Florida. The service begins at 6:00pm with "Once, in Royal David's City", who first verse is sung by a lone chorister. Organ music begins at 5:30pm. The complete order of service is below.

 

Processional hymn: Once, in royal David's city (desc. Willcocks)

Star Carol (Rutter)

 

Lesson 1: God announces in the Garden of Eden that the seed of woman shall bruise the serpent’s head.

Remember, O thou man (Ravenscroft)

 

Lesson 2: God promises to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall the nations of the earth be blessed.

In dulci jubilo (arr. Pearsall)

 

Lesson 3: Christ’s birth and kingdom are foretold by Isaiah.

De coelo veniet (Handl)

Congregational hymn: O little town of Bethlehem (arr. Vaughan Williams, descant Armstrong)

 

Lesson 4: The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown.

A spotless rose (Gjeilo)

Riu riu, chiu (Mateo Flecher the elder, arr. Spevacek)

 

Lesson 5: The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary.

A Hymn to the Virgin (Britten)

 

Lesson 6: St Matthew tells of the birth of Jesus.

Nowell! Dieu vous garde (Smert)

 

Lesson 7: The shepherds go to the manger.

Carol of the Dance (Goemanne)

Congregational hymn: God rest you merry, gentlemen (desc. Willcocks)

 

Lesson 8: The wise men are led by the star to Jesus.

Here is the little door (Howells)

Alleluya! A new work (Wishart)

 

Lesson 9: St John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation.

Vom Himmel Hoch, chorale from Christmas Oratorio Part I (Bach)

Congregational hymn: O come, all ye faithful (arr. Willcocks)

Pueri concinite (von Herbeck)

 

Collect and Blessing

Congregational hymn: Hark! the herald angels sing (arr. Willcocks)

Organ voluntaries: Fantasia on "In dulci jubilo" (Bach), Sortie on "In dulci jubilo" (Briggs)

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