Lessons and Carols 2015

We held a Lessons and Carols service at the Historic Chatham County Courthouse on Christmas Eve. This service has been in consistent use for nearly 100 years, starting in England and now making its way around the world. In 1918, Eric Milner-White, the Dean of King’s College in Cambridge, designed a Christmas Eve service incorporating traditional Christmas carols and hymns, with a fixed liturgy of nine scripture lessons to be read aloud. His was an adaptation of an order written by Archbishop Edward Benson some 38 years earlier, when he was Bishop of Truro, England. Members of Church of the Holy Trinity Chatham lead the liturgy, read the lessons, and play music.