Lessons and Carols


Please join us in the St. Stephen’s Chapel for the 2018 Festival of Lessons and Carols


Middle School - Saturday, December 15, 6:30 p.m.
Upper School - Sunday, December 16, 6:30 p.m.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first introduced on Christmas Eve in 1918 at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. Traditionally the candlelit service begins with the lone voice of a shepherd singing of the humble faith of Mary and concludes with a joyful carol after the reading announcing the birth of Jesus. For decades at St. Stephen’s, the service has included the retelling of this arc of salvation history, and anthems and carols led by members of the St. Stephen’s choirs. The service is also an opportunity to pause in the midst of a hectic holiday season and pray for God’s peace to bless our community and the world. All are invited to attend, to join the shepherds who travelled “...with haste to see this thing that had taken place,” to follow the wise men who gathered to pay God “...homage,” and to offer their own gifts for the redeeming of the world. 

2018 Student Poem

Holiday On The Hill

The moon shines from miles above,
Yet a Chapel still can be seen.
The world is silent,
Yet a choir still can be heard.
Voices welcome the community,
And the people quickly enter.
The sacred tradition has begun again.
Once the lessons have been told,
The congregation departs.
But the love remains in their hearts.
Soon the world is no longer still.
This is a holiday on The Hill.
 
— Isabella Villarreal, Class of 2021
Arise, shine: for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

- Isaiah 60:1
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