The story of Christ’s birth will be retold in a beautiful way this Sunday, December 8, 2013, at the annual Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols.
Scriptures will be shared by readers of all ages, and those readings will be interspersed with beautiful anthems and beloved hymns accompanied by a small orchestra.
“We will be singing with strings, harp, and woodwinds again this year,” says Dr. Joel Panciera, who will direct the service. “We will have many of the familiar carols, with some beautiful new ones and a few familiar carols in new settings. I’m excited about this year’s selections and musicians!”
Great Hall will be filled with the soft glow of candlelight to help create a wonderful worship experience. Identical services will be held at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to accommodate all who will want to come.
The anthems will be performed by Camerata, a small select ensemble of singers, and a small ensemble of instrumentalists. Dr. Joel Panciera will direct.
The rich acoustics produced by the long shape and marble surfaces of Great Hall create a sound much like that in the great cathedrals of England, where this service began.