Advent—the first season in the Christian calendar—is a time of expectation and preparation. This year, Advent begins on Sunday, December 2, and ends on Christmas Eve.
St. Paul’s annual Service of Advent Lessons and Carols takes us on a journey. We begin by recognizing the separation that we can sometimes feel from God (traditionally depicted as the expulsion from the Garden of Eden) but, as the service progresses, the scripture and music move us through words of encouragement and God’s promise of redemption to joyful anticipation of the coming of Christ into the world and into our hearts.
Interspersed between the beautiful and poetic scripture readings of the Advent season, St. Paul’s Choir and St. Paul’s Treble Choir will be singing music spanning five centuries of composition. Choral anthems will include:
Drop down, ye heavens – Richard Lloyd
Canite tuba – Francisco Guerrero
Never weather-beaten sail – Charles Wood
E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come – Paul Manz
Song of Peace – Charles Stanford
Angelus ad Virginem – Andrew Carter
Hymns sung by the whole congregation will include:
Prepare the way, O Zion
Come, thou long-expected Jesus
Hark, the glad sound
The service will end with Charles Wesley’s exuberant affirmation of the coming of Christ: “Lo, he comes with clouds descending.”
All are welcome. Following the service, St. Paul’s Youth and families are hosting a dessert reception in the Youth Center.