Lessons and Carols at Christmas

Everyone is invited to the Edgewater Baptist Church Christmas Eve Service at 7PM.  The “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” began a tradition at King’s College at Cambridge in 1918.  Eric Milner-White, the newly appointed Dean, used his experience as an army chaplain to lead with more imaginative worship.  I enjoy the traditional opening song “Once in Royal David’s City” as it speaks of the small town where the Christ-child would be born (Micah 5:2 quoted in Matthew 2:6). 

Here is one stanza from the song:

He came down to earth from Heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall;
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Savior holy.

More information on the King’s College tradition can be found here: http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/events/chapel-services/nine-lessons.html

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