Sunday, Dec. 13: Festival of Lessons & Carols

festival of lessons carols

O Come, O Come Emmanuel! 

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a liturgical service patterned after the Office of Readings from the Liturgy of  the Hours. It looks at the sweep of the Biblical History, of God interacting with his people: it encompasses nine lessons from the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, proclamations of the announcement of the Messiah through to his birth. It always opens with the hymn Once in Royal David’s City. The Festival was developed by the Choirmaster of King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, UK and first sung in 1918. Since its inception, it’s been broadcast around the world. Here at St. Monica, we revived the tradition in the early 2000s and it is a yearly treat, which in previous years included our tree lighting on the Grand Pavilion Patio.

 

In the Anglican tradition, customarily it’s a liturgical concert patterned after the ancient monastic practice of Christmas Matins - this was an extended, early morning vigil with readings from the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to the proclamation of the Birth of Christ. The pattern of the Office of Readings closely parallels the Easter Vigil. It includes an introductory hymn, then the scripture readings, each followed by a hymn or responsory, and a final prayer.

 

Properly sung on Christmas Eve, at St. Monica we offer it in the middle of Advent, so it can be savored for the rest of this expectant Season.

 

This year, Festival of Lessons and Carols will be virtual, under the artistic and technical direction of Jeffrey Bonilla, Director of Music. Our showcase will include many of our musicians from the St. Monica Livestream Masses, and will be a musically and visually stunning Christmas treat!

 

You won't want to miss this unique opportunity to share in a long-held Advent Season tradition, singing along from the comfort of your home!

 

Festival of Lessons & Carols

Sunday, Dec. 13 | 7:00 p.m. | Livestream

Announcements

Edit
Mass

Mon–Fri, 7:00 am - Church

Mon–Fri, 12:10 pm - Church & Livestream 

Sat, 8:00 am - Church & Livestream

 

Sat, 5:30 pm - Church

Sun, 7:30 am - Church

Sun, 9:30 am - Church & Livestream

Sun, 11:30 am - Church

Sun, 5:30 pm - Church & Livestream

 

Outdoor seating is available at all weekend Masses.

 

Confession

Mon–Fri 5:30–6 pm

Sat 4:30–5:00 pm

31Jan
Legion of Mary Tuesday, Jan 31 @ 7:00 PM
04Feb
Junior Legion of Mary Saturday, Feb 4 @ 8:45 AM
07Feb
Legion of Mary Tuesday, Feb 7 @ 7:00 PM
11Feb
Junior Legion of Mary Saturday, Feb 11 @ 8:45 AM
14Feb
Legion of Mary Tuesday, Feb 14 @ 7:00 PM
18Feb
Junior Legion of Mary Saturday, Feb 18 @ 8:45 AM
21Feb
Legion of Mary Tuesday, Feb 21 @ 7:00 PM
25Feb
Junior Legion of Mary Saturday, Feb 25 @ 8:45 AM
28Feb
Legion of Mary Tuesday, Feb 28 @ 7:00 PM

Church Website Login
This is the STAFF LOGIN area. If you have no website account, click the Pencil Icon link above to create one. Then, confirm your account through email. One of our admins will then confirm who you are and approve the account.