Thursday, December 18, 2008

St. Bernard Prep presents "The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols"


St. Bernard Prep School presented the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on December 14 in the Abbey Church. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service that celebrates Christmas by focusing on 9 readings from Scripture, beginning with the Fall of Man at creation, then continuing through the prophets who tell of the coming Messiah, then finally the preparation for the birth of Christ and His birth itself.

Dr. Rebecca Whited, SBP Director of Choral Music said, “It is an act of worship rather than a concert, dating back to 1918 when it was first held on Christmas Eve in the Chapel of King’s College at Cambridge University in England.” Since that time the tradition has been adapted in many churches throughout the world. While the music changes, the lessons remain the same.

The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God …’ seen ‘through the windows and words of the Bible. A representative from each class and leaders of the St. Bernard community presented the lessons, while Dr. Whited and the choral music department provided the music and accompaniment.


Saint Bernard declared December 14 as “A Day of Christmas Music.” The Saint Bernard Middle School band under the direction of Lester Harris, performed a brief concert of Christmas songs which included both 7th and 8th grade instrumentalist. A reception followed the Lessons and Carols program featuring the Saints jazz/rock group.

1 comment:

Halman Freud said...

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