Advent III – December 17
8:00 Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:00 Advent Lessons and Carols

Advent IV – December 24
8:00 Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:00 Morning Prayer, Rite I

Christmas Eve – December 24
4:00 Christmas Pageant and Holy Eucharist
11:00 Choral Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Christmas Day – December 25
10:00 Holy Eucharist, Rite I


The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.

First given in 1878, at Truro Cathedral in England, and has subsequently been in continuous use in Truro since 1880. The original liturgy has since been adapted and used by other churches all over the world. Lessons and Carols most often occur in Anglican churches. The best-known version is broadcast annually from King’s College, Cambridge, on Christmas Eve. The Groton School of Groton, Massachusetts, has performed the festival longer than any institution other than King’s holding its first Lessons and Carols in 1928. It has been a beloved tradition at Saint John’s for many years.

The Choir and of Saint John’s Episcopal Church invites you to share in this beautiful celebration of this sacred season.