What is the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – and what is the order of service?

Dec 25, 2019 by

from Classic FM: This Christmas Eve marks the 101st anniversary of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, performed by the Choir of King’s College Cambridge live from King’s College Chapel. […]  Loved by millions, the Festival of Nine Lesson and Carols is a traditional part of the run-up to Christmas for many families. The original service, first heard at King’s College Chapel in 1918, was devised by E. W. Benson, the first Bishop of Truro and later Archbishop of Canterbury. According...

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Meditations for Christmas Day

Dec 25, 2019 by

Wed Dec 25 am: 2, 85 pm: 132, 110 Micah 4:1-5, 5:2-4 1 John 4:7-16 John 3:26-31 Notes on the Liturgical Feast for Today – Feast of the Nativity – Christmas  The first evidence of the feast is from Egypt  About A.D. 200, Clement of Alexandria says that certain Egyptian over curiously theologians” assign, not the year alone, but the day of Christ’s birth, placing it on 25 Pachon (20 May) in the twenty-eighth year of Augustus but 354, civil documents in Rome contain three...

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The gift of the Incarnation

Dec 24, 2019 by

by Rev. Robert A. Sirico, Acton Institute: All of life is God’s gracious gift. This graciousness applies not only to ourselves and our neighbors, each of whom is made in His image and likeness, but applies as well to the whole of creation which was entrusted to the human family’s care and cultivation (Gen. 1:26-31). This gracious gift, both of ourselves and the creation, was marred by our own disobedience, born of ingratitude, and resulted in our separation from that gracious Giver. Sin and...

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Boris Johnson vows to defend persecuted Christians around the world

Dec 24, 2019 by

by Jack Doyle, Mailonline: Boris Johnson has vowed to defend persecuted Christians around the world and their ‘right to practise their faith’. In his first Christmas message as Prime Minister, Mr Johnson said he wanted to remember those who were unable to celebrate the festival publicly or were jailed because of their religious beliefs. He said his Government would ‘stand in solidarity’ with Christians everywhere. […]  He stressed the day’s religious...

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A Christmas serenade

Dec 24, 2019 by

by Margaret Ashworth, The Conservative Woman: While I was roaming around YouTube for my series on Christmas carols, I came across the charming custom of the choral scholars at King’s College, Cambridge, serenading those in the queue for the annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve. No doubt they will be doing the same this afternoon, whatever the weather. These are amateur clips so the quality of the film varies, but the quality of the singing is never less than top notch....

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The history of the Christmas carol

Dec 24, 2019 by

by Rosie Pentreath, Classic FM: If we take the dictionary definition, Christmas carols are “traditional songs that are sung just before Christmas that celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ”. But look deeper, and you’ll find a long and fascinating history… In 1928, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge’s Christmas Eve carol service was broadcast over the public airwaves for the very first time. The same year saw The Oxford Book of Carols – edited by Percy Dearmer, Ralph Vaughan Williams,...

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