Friday, December 23, 2011

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

King's College Chapel, Cambridge

This Christmas Eve morning, we'll once again be listening to the live performance of The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College, Cambridge, England.  (And actually, tonight we're going to be meeting our son and daughter-in-law in Minneapolis for a performance of The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, so we'll get to hear it twice!)

As of December 12, we are able to print out the program booklet that accompanies this year's Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. I love to do that, for then I can follow along while listening to the performance. It's not like we have to have the printed word in order to understand what they're saying, but you've heard the saying, 'two nations divided by a common language.' :-)

And what are the Nine Lessons? They take us from Creation to mankind's fall into sin and hopelessness, to the birth of our Savior and the Redemption of his people.

Remember: Listen to the LIVE broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio, KSJN, 99.5 FM, 9 AM Christmas Eve Day. (That's 3 PM Christmas Eve in Cambridge, England.)

...♪Once in Royal David's City♫...

choir boys 
getting drenched on the way to the chapel

Listening to The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a tradition here. I hope you'll make it a tradition at your house too!

P.S. I wrote a post about The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols last year also, with a video clip of some of the music. You might enjoy it!

Have a very merry Christmas!



Under Her Wings said...

Thanks for the reminder! I must see if I can find it on NPR here!

Kristen Rettig said...

What a lovely tradition! I'm sure it won't be difficult to find here. I love choral music, and sing in my church choir. Our formal choir director loved John Rutter and we have sung many of his arrangements. I'm having fun looking around your blog! Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

That's a very nice tradition! There's nothing like nice choral music at Christmas :) Have a lovely day! Hugs x

J_on_tour said...

The festival of nine lessons seems to be an amazing concept that I would like to follow through at some point as I've heard a bit about it this Christmas.
I've only been to Cambridge once for a two hour stop stop off on the way to North London. Most of that time was spent looking for the photo that you have depicted here !!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This is so interesting! Thanks for sharing it with us! Merry Christmas! ♥♥♥

Denise said...

Awesome tradition.

Heide at ApronHistory said...

I am so sad! We completly FORGOT to listen on Christmas Eve!! Last year my sister and I listened to it, it was beautiful. I guess you can blame it on Becky and Ian, as they surprised us and came the night before Christmas Eve, instead of Christmas Eve! Lol!


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