The Cathedral Church of the Advent offers Anglican services of Lessons and Carols every year during the Advent season in December leading up to Christmas.
The service is based on a structure popularized by Kings College, Cambridge in England (pictured at right) and features passages of Scripture followed by carols.
The service offers participants a dignified and simple worship experience. A reader from the congregation speaks each lesson and the congregation sings or listens to the choir sing a carol that reflects on the passage. This combination is repeated through the service, and draws the participating congregation deeply into the story of the coming of Jesus Christ through readings based on scripture passages from both Old and New Testaments. Hearing the Bible taught and sung in this way is deeply moving and connects the participant to the Christmas story in an immersive way.
At the Advent, traditional services are sung by congregation and choir during the first Sunday morning of the Advent season (December 2 this year), and on the Thursday evening before Christmas (December 20 this year, at 5:30 p.m.). The Cathedral Choir leads both of these services. The service of Advent Lessons and Carols we had during our Sunday morning services on December 2 is an Advent-focused service of six lessons and carols, while the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on December 20 tells the whole Christmas story. A recorded version of this service, sung by The Cathedral Choir, is available for purchase on CD.
In addition to our traditional services, at our Five O’Clock service on December 23, the musicians of Advent Birmingham are joined by guest musicians from around Birmingham for an “Alabama soul” style service of Lessons and Carols.
We hope you’ll join us during this Advent season to experience one (or more) of our services of Lessons and Carols!