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Advent Lessons and Carols

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland
December 9, 2016 at 7 p.m.
 Prayers led by Bishop Robert Deeley

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 9, 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 themes of this sacred season.  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 celebrated at the Cathedral, the story of salvation will be told through nine Scripture readings or "lessons," which begin with the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and continue through the birth of Christ. After each reading, a candle will be lit, symbolizing the Light coming into the world.  Before the final reading, the light will be passed among all present.


The festival at the Cathedral will be a multicultural celebration with the Scripture readings and carols offered in Azande, English, French, Latin, Polish, and Spanish. Music during the festival will be presented by the Cathedral Consort, the Cheverus High School Choir, the Immaculate Conception Liturgical Choir, the Gray/New Gloucester Middle School Girls’ Choir, and the Massabesic High School Chamber Singers & Chorus.  It will feature soloists Heather Guilfoyle and Dr. Peter Stickney. The choirs 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 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.