Festive service at St Mary’s

2019-12-18 06:00

CALLING on all who enjoy singing Christmas carols! A festive time to remember waits at the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols that will be held at St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, December 22.

The augmented Cathedral choir will be under the direction of Wayne Hughes, with Justin Stone at the organ.

The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols originated in Truro in 1880.

It was devised by Edward Benson, Bishop of Truro, and was first held in a wooden building which was being used as a temporary cathedral during the construction of Truro Cathedral.

Legend has it that the service, which was held on Christmas Eve, was specially formed to keep the locals from enjoying too much of the wrong kind of spirit.

This service gradually became an important part of the celebration of Christmas, not only in the UK, but throughout the world.

It was held at King’s College, Cambridge for the first time in 1918 and was first broadcast in 1928.

It is now broadcast worldwide and a separate service, Carols from Kings, is televised.

The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols has nine Bible readings that tell the Christmas story.

The readers of the lessons are appointed in a definite order; from a junior chorister up to a priest or bishop.

The lessons will be interspersed with well-known carols.

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