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Advent Lessons and Carols

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland
December 11, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the spirituality of the Advent season at the Festival of Lessons and Carols, which will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland on Friday, December 11, at 7 p.m.

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is an Advent tradition that dates back to the late 19th century.

It is a blend of Scripture, prayers, and Christmas carols carefully chosen to tie into the readings.  It is one of the rare times you'll hear carols such as "Silent Night" and "O Come All Ye Faithful" sung in church prior to Christmas Eve.

During the festival, the story of salvation is told through nine Scripture readings or "lessons," which begin with the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and continue through the Great Commission. After each reading, a candle is lit, symbolizing the Light coming into the world.  Before the final reading, the light is passed among all present.

The festival at the Cathedral will be a multicultural celebration with the Scripture readings and carols offered in several languages including Azande, English, French, Italian, Polish, and Spanish. The choir will be accompanied by an orchestra featuring flutes, trumpets, violins, and a harp, among other instruments.

The evening’s prayers will be led by Bishop Robert Deeley.

The traditional service is eye-opening, beautiful, and majestic,” says Christopher Pelonzi, the music director.

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a prayerful and joyous way to prepare for the celebration of Christmas. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Festival of Lessons and Carols 2014